Impostor Syndrome

Product Management and the Impostor Syndrome

Many workers, across all industries, know what it’s like to feel like an impostor in their own job. It’s a feeling that’s especially prevalent in product management.

We look at the reasons why Product Managers are at risk from Impostor Syndrome and some ways in which they can combat it.

DevOps diagram

DevOps 101 for Product Management – how it can empower you!

Many of you may have heard the word DevOps come up over the past few years. If so, you may have wondered what it involves and, more specifically, what it means for product management.

In this blog, we examine what exactly DevOps is and what it means for Product Managers.

Product Activities Framework

Some things change – and some things don’t

We’ve updated our Product Activities Framework to reflects the trends we’ve seen emerging in product management. However most of the key product management activities remain the same.

Use the framework to work out who does what in your business.

Tools to help product management leaders under pressure

As a product team leader, finding time to work out how to improve the performance of your team or department can be tough.

In this blog we provide some useful tools and advice.

A guide to Zen Agile

Agile is one of the most discussed topics in tech and a potential battleground between Development and Management.

Read this entertaining blog by Aidan Dunphy on how to handle Agile in a Zen-like fashion.

Burning laptop

Using the 5 Whys to Stop Firefighting and Become Proactive

Many product managers spend too much of their time sorting out issues and putting out fires.

This blog helps you reduce your firefighting by changing perceptions, having a stronger focus on prioritization and addressing the root cause of issues.

Focus on the best opportunities

Portfolio Management for Dummies

Portfolio planning is essential to help your organization decide how it’s going to meet its objectives – get it wrong and you’ll miss targets, waste resources and frustrate stakeholders.

Whether you’re a product manager wanting to position your product with the senior team or a team leader involved in the portfolio planning process this blog provides some insights to the tools you can use to get a robust, transparent process.

The flying car

Top 25 inventions of the last 25 years

REVEALED: The UK’s most popular inventions

A new survey of 2,000 adults commissioned by Product Focus has revealed the UK’s favourite inventions of the past 25 years.

The survey, which explores what Product Management means for our day-to-day lives, turned up some surprising findings, including that the product most people would like invented next is the flying car!

The fight over the customer

The fight over the customer

Historically there was a battle between Sales and Product Management. Sales, having more contact with customers, felt they had a better understanding of customer needs than product managers (and sometimes they were right). But I think today the bigger fight is between User Experience (UX) practitioners and product managers.

Product Managers and User Experience professionals are increasingly working together to deliver products. In some cases this relationship is highly productive, leading to outstanding products, but in others, it can be a bit dysfunctional.

Maths Skill through life

Data is essential for Product Managers

Data is a big trend so as a product manager it’s likely you’ll need to get to grips with it.

Our advice is to make sure you’ve got at least basic Excel skills and don’t hesitate to pull in the data scientists if you need help with more complex challenges.

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