Feature Factories - how to survive working in them

Feature Factories - how to survive working in them

“Feature Factory” is a derogatory term used to describe a business that is more concerned about shipping features than it is about delivering value. In reality, most organizations fall into the trap of churning out features every now and again, but there are ways to deal with this and make things better.

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Technical Concepts For The Non-Technical Product Manager

Technical Concepts For The Non-Technical Product Manager

I’ve been in product management for too many years to mention, and I have never completed a Computer Science degree, and I have no technology certifications. In many organizations, they will only hire Computer Science graduates, but I’m here to tell you that many organizations do not need this, and you can happily make a career in product management without one. However, you should know the basic technical concepts at play with software products.

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Your route to a product role won't be a straight one

Your route to a product role won't be a straight one

When we start our journeys we always imagine them as being a straight line from A to B, but in reality, there are many twists and turns along the way. The good news is that all these twists and turns contribute to your journey and to the you that you become, so don't stress about it and embrace it.

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The Hidden Side Effects of New Product Features

The Hidden Side Effects of New Product Features

Every new thing that is created, whether it is a technology or a new product feature, at the time of introduction, brought with it a set of downsides that never existed before. Introducing a new product tier might cannibalize existing tiers, or ‘optimizing’ a sign up flow might increase drop outs. There's always a risk we need to be wary of.

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Strategies For Product Managers to Reduce Churn

Strategies For Product Managers to Reduce Churn

Customers leave you for a variety of reasons, and sometimes you can’t do anything about it. It’s just time for them to move on. Their lives have changed, their needs have changed, and their circumstances have changed. However, there are times when you can do something to keep them onboard. The question is what can you do?

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Product School - Instructors and courses

Product School - Instructors and courses

When you're first starting out on a journey towards a new career, you look to find the organizations who have the best reputation for teaching people the core skills of a role.

In the world of product management, I think it's Product School who have the biggest reputation in this regard.

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How to keep yourself visible when you’re working remotely

How to keep yourself visible when you’re working remotely

Working away from the office has become the default for many people and as a result, we’ve need to question how we need to change how we act in order to stay visible with our teams and our leaders. How do people know that I’m working? How do I know when opportunities are around the corner? Is it possible to actually work my way up when I’m not around others day-to-day?

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Why you're biased and what you can do about it

Why you're biased and what you can do about it

In product management you make many, many decisions, each and every day. What will be prioritized next? What will we take from this latest piece of data? Why has this customer asked for this feature? With each decision, we bring to it all the biases that we have about the way the world works, so its worth us understanding what might be swaying us in one direction over another.

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Have the product job of your dreams in 2022

Have the product job of your dreams in 2022

When you want to break into a new career, it can seem daunting. How do you get a job in something you don't have experience of? When it comes to product management, you can't transition overnight, but you can set a plan and take some steps to help you on your way to the product career of your dreams.

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How to develop career confidence

How to develop career confidence

While confidence seems to come naturally to some people, for others it is a source of frustration and something that can seem to limit what's possible.  However, if we think of confidence as a 'natural' trait, then we limit what we can achieve, and we don't need to.  Confidence is a skill that we can develop and which we can use to progress our careers in the direction that we want.

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Job crafting - All about shaping your role how you want

Job crafting - All about shaping your role how you want

Job crafting is the action of shaping your job role in the way that you want in order to achieve satisfaction, resilience, and engagement. It's all about finding the elements you love and getting more involved, so that you develop the skills you need, undertake the tasks you enjoy, and achieve the satisfaction you want.

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How to say no to your stakeholders

How to say no to your stakeholders

A stakeholder is anyone who has an interest or is involved in a product, and often they are the people who are asking you to do things with your product. Sometimes you'll not be in a position to do what they ask, so you'll need to say no. The question is, how do you say no?

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Is career coaching that is something for you?

Is career coaching that is something for you?

It can be quite daunting to think about your career and not quite know where to go next, and it often helps to talk it through with someone. Rachel Bitte, Chief People Officer at Jobvite says that “A career coach can be a wonderful asset for any professional … Whether you’re just starting out and unsure which path to take, you’re hoping to find a new passion, or you’re ready to move to the next level, getting an outside perspective from a professional can be extremely helpful.”

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