Expensive and risky assumptions (and why you should check them)

I gave a talk recently about how I’ve been using data and analytics to guide my decisions in product management. I’ve edited the transcript a little and split it into bite-size parts for your entertainment. This bit is about expensive and risky assumptions (and why you should check them).

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Getting better at public speaking

I’m currently working to improve my public speaking, and I recently gave a talk on Digital Justice at Product Management Festival in Zurich. Afterwards, I asked a few people for some honest feedback, and jotted down how I felt I’d done. So this post is really a mini-retrospective with me reflecting on what went well and what I could do better next time.

I thought you might find it of passing interest also. With any luck, I’ll present better next time.

Very large screen + very small Jock

Very large screen + very small Jock

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Analytics & decision-making on Mind the Product

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If you’d have told me that August’s ProductTank London on analytics and decision-making would be one of the most risqué to-date, I’d have struggled to believe you. The talks had everything – sex, drugs and racy pictures of hot plumbing action. Read on for an 18-rated recap.

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Change management and product management on Mind the Product


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Some people say that a change is as good as a rest. They’ve probably never had to change an organisation’s product culture, though.  For July’s ProductTank London, Marc Abraham (@MAA1) brought us three experts in making change happen.

  • Derek Morrison (@allaboutproduct), Group Product Manager at Tesco
  • Sally Foote (@sallyfoote), Digital Product Consultant, Founder of FEB Digital
  • Craig Strong (@craigstrong), Director Global Product Development Lifecycle at Pearson

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10 top tips for reading your users’ minds – talk at #PMF14


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Albert_Einstein_1947Which is better for making product decisions: guesswork or user feedback?

Albert Einstein once said that anyone can make something complex, but only a genius can make something simple.  Imagine if you could read your user’s minds and understand what they really think about your product.

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14th May: The $100 million assumption – MVP down under


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Get Excited and Make Things

Update: here’s the write-up of the panel session on MVP

On Wednesday 14th May, I’ll be joining a panel of local product managers and startup founders at Product Anonymous in Melbourne, Australia to talk about their MVP (minimum viable product) trials and tribulations.  If you’re in the area, it would be great if you could join us and take part in the discussion.

Time: 6-6:30 pm arrival & drinks.  Talk starts at 6:30 pm.

Grab your free ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/product-anonymous-may-14-mvp-tickets-10598537511

See you there!