Blast from the past

Three years ago today I published my first article on I Manage Products.  While a fair amount’s changed since then, I’d like to think that some things remain the same.

My writing style, for one, hasn’t really improved in three years.  I don’t think my sense of humour has matured either.  Still, we can’t expect miracles, can we?

If you fancy a laugh at my expense, cast an eye over my first article, “By way of an introduction”.

Don’t look back in anger – 2012 round-up

2012 was a real roller-coaster ride for me, both personally and professionally.  Surprisingly (to me), it was only my first full year of blogging – I only started I Manage Products back in February 2011[*] June 2010.  But 2012 was the year I decided to step things up a little: yes, I procured a domain name.  That made it official.

Oh yes, I also started a company and wrote some articles on product management…

* Lies, damn lies and statistics. The more observant among you will have noted that my first blog post was actually in June 2010, so my first full year of blogging was therefore 2011. <Sigh>.

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Top tip: fixing broken dynamic content in WordPress admin dashboard

If you change your self-hosted WordPress install so that it starts using SSL to secure the Admin interface, you may have noticed that some dynamic elements are no longer working, such as the Jetpack site stats graph or the fold out sub-menus on the main menu.  Here’s how to fix it.

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How to double the speed of your WordPress site in 3 easy steps

With the investment of a few hours’ effort, I doubled the speed of this WordPress blog and no coding was needed.  This is great news if you’re a little intimidated by performance tuning.  In this article I’m going to walk you through the steps I took.

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New WordPress theme

As you may have gathered, I’ve been tinkering with the look of this site.  Still early days yet and I’ve a bit more tinkering to do, but I think it’s an improvement.

For those who are interested, I’m using Duster by Automattic.

Let me know what you think if you have any comments, positive or negative!

Link of the day: The Equity Kicker

Nic BrisbourneWhile I was working at a former start-up called Zeus Technology (now doing rather well for itself, thank you), one of the investors was a chap called Nic Brisbourne. He is a perfectly pleasant chap, but at the time he scared the life out of me. I think that subconsciously I worried I might scare him and his venture capital away. One day I accidentally nicked his taxi and he was surprising forgiving.

I am now much less insecure.

Aaaaaanyway, his blog is rather good. If you’re planning a new venture and want to hear the perspective from the money side of the table, take a look at the Equity Kicker.

Link of the day: Buzz Marketing for Technology

Paul DunaySomeone I’ve come across recently and would recommend is Paul Dunay (@PaulDunay) and his Buzz Marketing blog.  He specialises in B2B marketing and has particular insight into harnessing the power of Social Media.  Well worth a read.

Take me to Buzz Marketing!

The problem with successful products

I was reading Ian Lunn’s recent post, “Judged on the success of your product“, on Product Focus’s new blog and it reminded me of a story:

I once worked with a chap who managed an online service, which charged by amount of data stored. The service was popular and growing its revenues, however the P&L model assumed that data was stored compressed, when in fact the reverse was true. Thus, the more popular the service became, the more it lost money on running costs…

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I’m in the middle of a chain reaction

Hello all, hope you’re having a lovely, restful Sunday.  I’ve finally got around to sharing with you the useful Product Management and Usability / User Experience bookmarks I’ve been accumulating.

I’ve found them particularly useful, I hope you will too.  I’ve also thrown in a few of my friends’ sites and blogs and urge you to read the beautiful, insightful and occasionally disturbing things they say.

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