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Product Management
To what extent is a PM a marketer?
You use knowledge about the users to improve the product. But, the same user insights can be utilised to sell it. To what extent is it a PM's role to think about marketing? What kind of marketing skills, if any, should you have as a PM?
People & Teams
How do you conduct effective 1:1 meetings with team members?
When do you choose 1:1 meetings as opposed to team meetings? What's their role, and how do you make sure they achieve the intended result?
Product Management
Explain 'Product Management' to your grandmother. Go!
You're at a family dinner. Your grandmother is asking: "What is it that you do, exactly?" Explain your role to granny, and help others demystify their job to their family too.
People & Teams
How to establish if someone is a good fit for your team?
Skills and experience aren't the only factors to establish if a candidate will do well as a team member. How do you check for 'team culture' matching?
People & Teams
How do you keep people updated with what is being worked on?
With new product decisions happening constantly, how do you keep people updated with what is being worked on? How do you find the balance between over-documenting and keeping everyone well informed?
People & Teams
How to make your meetings count?
Meetings can be a waste of time. At the same time, as a PM, you do need to have them to create team plans, or communicate product decisions. How to you make the necessary meetings run efficiently?
Product Management
What are the most overlooked skills a PM should work on?
You can probably list core skills needed to perform well as a PM: ability to see a big picture, understand user data, perform research, and communicate the vision to different stakeholders. Is this all that makes a great PM? What other skills should you d
Product Management
How do you do ‘user research’ for a B2B product?
With B2B product, the people who make the financial calls are not always the same as the users. Who do you talk to first? What questions do you ask? How do you approach 'user research' when the buyer is not the end user?
Product Management
How much data is enough?
It's hard to find a balance between 'quick and dirty' research and more time-consuming in-depth studies. Where do you draw the line to make product decisions?
Tools
When should you use the ‘Jobs to be done’ framework?
JTBD, popularised in 2016 by Clayton Christensen, is one of the popular frameworks in the world of PMs. Like everything, it has its plusses and minuses. When do you use it, and when do you think one should avoid it?
Product Management
How do you say no?
There’s so much to build, and the CEO often has 10 new ideas a day. To safeguard your team’s focus, you need to say no. What are some of your best tips on answering to yet another feature request?
Tools
How and where do you keep track of your users and stakeholders’ feedback?
Feedback comes at different times and from different corners. How not to lose track, and not to get overwhelmed? What to act on and what to ignore?
Product Management
How do you find ‘the right’ people to talk to when researching a product or a problem?
How do you know which people are the best to provide reliable feedback? Who should you listen to, and where to find them?
Product Management
How can Product Managers stay sane when bombarded with ideas and feature requests from all parts of the business?
You work under a constant avalanche of requests. Each department and stakeholder tries to convince you *their* feature is the most important for the product. How do you manage their requests?
Product Management
It is your first day as a Product Manager in a new company.
What would be your top priorities in the first week? And the first month? What are some of your DOs and DONTs and why?
Product Management
How do you become a Product Manager?
We're confident there is no one answer to this. Product Managers comes from all walks of industries and professions. So what did you do to become and product manager and what would be your advice to people looking to move into the profession?
Product Management
How do you level up in product management?
Forget the job titles in the world of product management. But how have you advanced your career? From your first role to a more strategic approach. Or to leading a team of product managers. What have you done to get to to where you are?
People & Teams
Product managers, how do you work well with designers and engineers?
Many teams are built around these core roles and all need to have their seat at the table. But how do you ensure the relationship thrives? Do you take a specific approach?
Product Management
How do you transition from engineering to product management?
As an engineer you're creating the product. Your knowledge and experience sets you up nicely to move into product management. So how do you make the transition? What should you look out for? What should you avoid doing?
People & Teams
How do you get your team excited about the product?
Rallying your team around the product is not an easy task, especially when some people are skeptical about what you're building. How do you get them on board?
People & Teams
When and why should teams hire their first Product Manager?
Early in a new businesses life as a founder you're often doing the product manager role yourself. And then you scale the business in other areas. So when do you hand over the reins and make your first product hire?
Tools
What is your go-to framework for product success?
We all have that one book, article or talk that opened our eyes and helped us build better products. What's yours?
Tools
What is the tool you can't live without?
We've all got our own 'stack' of tools, platforms and even productivity hacks. But which adds the most value to you and how have you used it?
Product Management
How do you work effectively with (sometimes difficult) stakeholders?
Lead from a position of influence not authority. But how do you get there? And how do you get people on board and manage those different stakeholder expectations?
People & Teams
What's the #1 thing teams should expect from their Product Manager?
Product Mangers come in many shapes and sizes, and are all subject to varying expectations from team members as well. What matters the most to you and why?
People & Teams
How do you keep your design team members growing?
Do you consider your company design led? Design is at the centre of every experience we create. So how do you ensure your design team has a path to improve, up-skill and deliver even more value?
Product Management
How do you run a great user interview?
You're in discovery and searching for the problems you need to solve. Who do you speak to? Where do you find your potential users? And what questions do you ask to get the insights you need?
Tools
What podcasts help you the most in your career?
The morning commute is a great time to catch up on the latest happenings across the product world. What are your favourite podcasts that have helped to push your career forward or give you a new perspective?
Tools
How do you build your product roadmap?
The quintessential product artefact that divides opinion and generates huge debate. But we want to know the process that gets you there, rather than what it looks like at the end. What's your approach?

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