How to prepare if your job is at risk

How to prepare if your job is at risk

Sep 06, 2020

2020 has been a tough year for the economy, and as such, there are risks for jobs everywhere.  The US has seen 40 million jobs disappear, and the UK 750,000, and the longer the pandemic continues the greater the opportunity for more losses, so it pays to be prepared.  The good news is that you can take some simple steps in case the loss comes your way.

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Working for Facebook or Google does not need to be the Product Manager dream

Working for Facebook or Google does not need to be the Product Manager dream

Aug 23, 2020

If you look around the web for information about working in product roles, then 99 times out of 100 you'll come across YouTube videos, Medium stories, or blog posts all about working at Facebook, Google or Amazon.  You'd be forgiven for thinking this is all Product Managers dream of.  They don't need to!

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When is the best day and time to apply for your dream product job?

When is the best day and time to apply for your dream product job?

Aug 23, 2020

When it comes to job applications wouldn't it be nice to know when the recruiter is going to post the job so that you can be among the first to apply and the first to get in front of the decision maker? 

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Ask me anything #1

Ask me anything #1

Aug 15, 2020

Here I answer questions asked about getting into product roles and other product related subjects.  You can always ask me anything and your questions could be answered in a future post.

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Can I really get my first role in product?

Can I really get my first role in product?

Aug 09, 2020

If you're looking to get into a product role then you might worry that the opportunities just aren't there for you, but that's not true.  Just taking a look at the entry level roles shows you what employers are looking for, and you can definitely meet their needs. 

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How to answer the product vision question in an interview

How to answer the product vision question in an interview

Aug 02, 2020

Product vision questions are intended to show that you can think through what a product really exists for and then take that on to the next level.  For example, 'If you were the CEO of Instagram what would you do next?'.

We've all got opinions on products that we know of and use, and this question is intended to find out whether you can consider the product from the business and the customer perspective, not just your own personal viewpoint.

Nail this question and you'll have given yourself a real shot at your dream role.

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All about ... a quality product

All about ... a quality product

Jul 12, 2020

Improving quality decreases costs.  Decreasing costs improves productivity.  Improving productivity captures the market.  It's easy really, however, we often get distracted from our drive to delivery quality, perhaps jumping in to reducing costs or aiming for productivity gains at the expense of quality.  How should you go about it?

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All about ... product process

All about ... product process

Jul 12, 2020

When it comes to the product process, we are effectively talking about the whole process from idea generation through to customer usage, and everything in between, which might sound like a tall order for a product manager to take on.

However, changing the whole process is the task of the whole business, and it's the PMs role to guide the business with a few well placed processes and steps so that they take themselves on the journey to transition.

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All about ... product prioritization

All about ... product prioritization

Jul 12, 2020

One of the main tasks of a Product Manager is to prioritize things, whether that's prioritizing larger features in a backlog or smaller features within a deliverable. There's a constant organizing and reorganizing of the different items and this shuffling of the pack needs to be based on some criteria. The question then is what is the criteria you're working against?

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How to answer the estimation question in an interview

How to answer the estimation question in an interview

Jul 09, 2020

Estimation questions are the questions that are intended to understand how well you approach working out what an answer might be through your deduction and assumption skills.  An example of an analytical question is "How many people are currently flying at the moment?"

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We now have a bookshop!

We now have a bookshop!

Jul 08, 2020

Books get mentioned in many of the posts on this site, so we thought why not make them available to everyone nice and easily.  We also heard about a great movement to support small booksellers in the US, and with our bookshop we get a chance to do both.  

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Layouts can make all the difference

Layouts can make all the difference

Jul 06, 2020

There's no point having a great personal summary and some amazing work experience included in your CV if you make it hard for the recruiter to find the nuggets of information.  Your layout needs to enable the recruiter to scan the page and pick out the key elements for them.  

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