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Finding your first job in product

How do I break into product? I just took XYZ bootcamp in product and need to find a job – can you help me? I’m working in {insert role here} and want to move into product, how do I do that? I get asked these kinds of questions a lot. As a white, cis-gendered male […]

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Product Management books

I’m often asked for a list of my favourite product management books, here’s my list of suggestions. I’m going to note though that one of the issues I see with this list is a lot of it is written by white men, and those privileged. We as a product management community certainly need to do […]

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Product management podcasts

I often am asked for a list of my suggested product podcasts. So here it is — the full list I currently subscribe to. As content varies per podcast, I don’t have particular favourites, so listen to what engages you and is relevant to your product learning and needs. The Secrets of Product Management Podcast […]

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Steve Jobs on product design

Designing a product is keeping five thousand things in your brain and fitting them all together in new and different ways to get what you want.

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Product Management at Central 1 Credit Union

I had the pleasure of speaking last night at the inaugural Product Management meetup here in Vancouver. For those interested, here’s a copy of my presentation on Product Management at Central 1. Thanks so much for all the great questions and positive feedback on my presentation.

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Product Management User Experience

In order to create a truly innovative product

Three things: Study the tasks people use a product for Turn those tasks into a series of steps the person follows to get the task done Finally, start eliminating steps That’s it. Innovative products eliminate the friction of doing a task. Source: — Something Really New: Three Simple Steps to Creating Truly Innovative Products, by […]

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On product management

Great quote from Satya Patel (formerly of Twitter): “Product management isn’t a role or a function, it’s a set of skills. Those skills help remove obstacles and grease the wheels so that the functional experts can do their jobs best. Product management also balances the needs of users, the business and the team and makes […]

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On risk

Adventure without risk is Disneyland — Doug Coupland I’ve been working on a big project for the past 2+ years and we’ve recently hit some bumps. Most of the bumps come down to risk. Risk is a funny thing. It makes people scared. It makes people worry. It raises issues of accountability, responsibility and a […]

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ProductCamp Vancouver presentation

I had a great day yesterday at the first ever ProductCamp Vancouver. Lots of great information sharing and networking with various people both local and beyond. My presentation, UX for Product Managers, is below. Thanks to everyone who attended and for all your feedback.