25: “Don’t let roUtINe draw U IN to danger!”


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One of the easiest traps for a product manager to fall into is unquestioning routine or habit.  I learned about this most through my time at university training to fly with the Royal Air Force.  Let me explain how it applies.

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24: Variety is the spice of life


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Sometimes when I’m stuck doing the same thing at work I joke that the repetition is causing my brain to harden. Turns out this isn’t so far from the truth. Here’s why it’s important to keep challenging yourself and learning new things.

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3: Know your subject matter


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I’m writing about one hundred things I’ve learned about being a product manager.

So much of being a product manager depends on successfully persuading and influencing others.  Whether you’re presenting your product strategy, presenting a business case to the Board or talking with your customers, you need to demonstrate a good knowledge of your products and market to ensure that you come over as authoritative and credible.  Continue reading

Q&A: What should product managers keep an eye on in 2011?


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Happy New Year!

I was recently asked what I saw as the major trends, changes, challenges and opportunities for product managers in 2011.

Product managers working in different market sectors, countries and sizes of company will have their own take on this, so here’s my Top 5 from the perspective of a large-ish Business Services company operating in the UK.

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