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The days of careers where you progressed gradually up the career ladder, step-by-step, are behind us. We're in a world where career breaks, side steps, and portfolio jobs are the norm. The trick is to embrace this and make it work to your advantage. But how?Continue reading
Whether it's due to a lack of experienced team members, or a lack of available time, sometimes supplementing in-house product skills with an external product coach can work wonders to lift the skills and engagement of a product team. And it doesn't have to be expensive to do it.Continue reading
When we're at working or considering our life, we tend to focus on the now. What is today's problem? Have we met our latest goal? It's natural to think like that, but maybe it's not the most effective way of assessing how we're getting on.Continue reading
I’ve written previous about being an introvert and what that entails, and one of the elements of being an introvert is that I don’t go around shouting about how great I am at what I do. This could be detrimental to my career, as other more visible characters could find themselves with opportunities that I could have taken advantage of, if only my skills stood out more.Continue reading
As a product manager you spend your time serving the needs of many other people. Whether it is getting direction from the CPO, consulting with the business, or understanding the needs of the customer. The problem with having this many masters is that whatever you do, you will always manage to disappoint someone whatever you do. The question is, how do you handle this disappointment.Continue reading
If you leave stakeholder communications to chance, you become reactive and in need of responding to every query whenever it arises. This puts you on the backfoot and means you need to directly respond to whatever you’re asked. The goal should therefore be to be proactive and control the communications.Continue reading
When you look at data you shouldn't just take it at face value, else you run the risk of making the wrong product decisions. There are certain types of questions you should ask yourself in order to really understand what the data is telling you.Continue reading
Many organisations use Scrum in their product delivery (including a few of my previous employers) and the product team has certain tasks they need to perform in order to keep the team functioning. What are these tasks and how should they be done?Continue reading
Many organisations use Kanban in their product delivery (including my current employer) and the product team has certain tasks they need to perform in order to keep the process flowing. What are these tasks and how should they be done?Continue reading