Tools Overload and Exhaustion

Product Managers are increasingly becoming overwhelmed by the number of tools they interact with daily.

We look at some of the main culprits – tools for communication – and discuss some ways to help.

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.

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.

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.

Taming the RHINO

Taming the RHiNO

A RHINO is a Really High value New Opportunity. It’s when a sales person in your B2B business comes along with a new customer deal for something that you don’t currently do!

So what next?

Laptop and email

Are you a slave to your email?

We all use email every day but it often fails us. Sometimes it can feel as if our inbox drives what we do.

Here are a few thoughts to get you thinking about email best practice and how you can use it more effectively – and a really fun video!

The Mom test

Why you should never ask your mother if your idea is any good

Talking to customers and getting accurate information is hard….. not because they lie but because they often tell you what they think you want to hear. This is never truer than with your own mother. The Mom Test helps ensure you improve your customer conversations.

Stack of coins and bank notes

Should you be responsible for product profitability?

Should Product Managers be responsible for product profitability?

It’s one of the big questions that we get asked again and again…

Hi.P.P.O.

In defence of the HiPPO

We talk about dealing with Hi.P.P.O.s (Highest Paid Person’s Opinion) on our training course but this blog introduces a new animal to be feared – the Z.E.B.R.A.

Here are 3 reasons why we might want to listen to the Hi.P.P.O.

Product manager personas

Product Manager Personas – to help understand your role

You may already use personas when developing propositions or working on requirements, but have you ever thought about using product manager personas?

They’re useful because they help you think about the skills and behaviour you need to be successful in your job.

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