Data Driven Disaster!

Data Driven Disaster!

The slack brush notification tapped incessantly through my AirPods Pro as I headed into the co-working space. Yet again there was a flurry of activity as another piece of ‘urgent’ data was being discussed in any number of channels. A swarm of voices began chiming in....

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Apple Vision Pro – A new dawn in spatial computing

Apple Vision Pro – A new dawn in spatial computing

Last week Apple launched their Vision Pro product: “A spatial computer that blends digital content and apps into your physical space, and lets you navigate using your eyes, hands, and voice.” When I first watched the keynote last year I was a little cynical that a...

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You’re Too Old – Ageism in the Workplace

You’re Too Old – Ageism in the Workplace

Last year my age came under the microscope in an organisation I was working with. It was called out in notes I discovered and my parental responsibilities were questioned when I needed to work from home on one occasion. It goes without saying that I left this company...

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F**k Agile

F**k Agile

Methodologies like Agile have become the go-to framework for many teams aiming to adapt to changing requirements and deliver high-quality products. However, it's time to have an honest conversation about the limitations of Agile and how, in some cases, it might be...

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Top Design Trends to look out for in 2024

Top Design Trends to look out for in 2024

Coming from a product design / design background I love the evolution of the craft and 2024 looks to be one of the most exciting years yet. In addition to visual design there are some great trends emerging in UX too, some of which I’ll delve into here. Over the next...

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Power on Through – Resilience in Leadership

Power on Through – Resilience in Leadership

Just over 17 years ago I sat face to face with a co-founder. The money had run out, the business was burning through a high monthly wage bill and income was just four figures a month. Everything seemed doomed. The first major product launch had been well received but...

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Imposter Syndrome Doesn’t Exist

Imposter Syndrome Doesn’t Exist

10 years ago the day hadn’t started well. As a product strategist at one of the FAANG companies I was due to present a prototype to a VIP stakeholder and had arrived at the wrong office. My mobile network wasn’t working so I couldn’t order an Uber. Jumping in a black...

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The Evolution of the Product Manager

The Evolution of the Product Manager

Product management is a demanding undertaking. In addition to understanding the fundamentals of shipping software or hardware products you've got to be across any number of data points, customer feedback, stakeholder vision and so much more. In recent times as...

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The Strategy Trap – Throw the books away!

The Strategy Trap – Throw the books away!

It was Greece around 8 years ago and my daughter, aged 6 at the time, jumped on a little bike (sans stabilisers) and just like that wobbled into the distance and learnt to ride. She didn't read books, study videos or attend courses. She didn't even let us try to help!...

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There’s no ‘I’ in Team. Or is there?

There’s no ‘I’ in Team. Or is there?

I recall it vividly. The inspiring CEO of an ed-tech start-up I'd joined was giving a passionate speech about the business. She spelt out the vision and then moved quickly onto how we would work together. One thing stuck in my head that day when she said 'You'll all...

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How Parenthood Shapes Exceptional Product Leadership

How Parenthood Shapes Exceptional Product Leadership

I’ve often been asked about the factors that help make a great leader of teams, coach or Chief Product Officer. Experience in shipping products end to end, understanding users, data and analytics, the software development lifecycle - these are all fundamentals. But...

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Prioritisation in Product Management

Prioritisation in Product Management

Your runway is limited, the burn rate accelerating as you’ve hired some rockstars into the organisation and you need to make important strategic decisions on what lands to market in the next quarter. Sounds familiar? Product proritisation is a pertinent challenge that...

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Should a CPO write user stories?

Should a CPO write user stories?

Working as a fractional CPO can present unique challenges. How do you create impact for what is often a more strategic remit if the organisation is small and you find yourself being the main 'product person'? Is the CPO salutation apt due to the tasks expected at this...

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Constructing a Robust Product Strategy

Constructing a Robust Product Strategy

Recently someone asked me, 'But what's the difference between our business and product strategy?'. I realised that this was a common question, especially when new product hires are onboarded at start-ups and have to articulate their value to the organisation. Having a...

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MVP vs MLP

MVP vs MLP

I was trying to think of an analogy for this post. And then it came to me. Products launched to market should be compelling. They should quickly capture the hearts and minds of users (even an initial first adopter segment) and delight. When I moved my agency into...

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5 Pillars for Building Healthtech Products

5 Pillars for Building Healthtech Products

In the dynamic realm of healthtech, where innovation merges with critical user needs, the role of a product designer is pivotal. Designing for healthtech products goes beyond aesthetics; it demands a deep understanding of user behavior, complex regulations, and a...

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10 Must Watch Movies for Entrepreneurs

10 Must Watch Movies for Entrepreneurs

Building things is hard. It requires a certain mindset - taking risks, having a thick skin, resiliance, passion, stamina and emotional intelligence and empathy in being able to inspire people and bring them on that journey with you. If you’re embarking on your first...

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Introducing GAIN – A framework for Product Management

Introducing GAIN – A framework for Product Management

As a product leader, manager or CPO, any new role can be daunting. Introducing G/A/I/N for product management.This is my lean / kick start framework I use when engaging with organisations and I’ve been sharing it with those I coach for a few years now. Today I’m...

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Apple’s Next Big Move in Health

Apple’s Next Big Move in Health

In 2014 popular journaling app ‘Day One’ won a coveted Apple design award. In the years that followed, Apple gave Day One regular visibility and support in the app store. Then in 2020 that mysteriously stopped. In April of this year, Day One founder Paul Mayne...

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The Top 10 Books for Product People

The Top 10 Books for Product People

I'm often asked by founders and CEOs who are trying to understand the world of product - 'What should I read?'. So I've put together a list of the top 10 product books.. If you're new to product, a founder who wants to understand what all those strategy sessions mean...

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The Goldilocks Effect

The Goldilocks Effect

Over the years I've often encountered frustrated CEOs and founders trying to 'guess' an optimal price for their app, product or SaaS subscription. In truth there's a method to the madness and the "Goldilocks Effect", when understood correctly, can help inform your...

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The Product-led Organisation

The Product-led Organisation

When Slack launched in 2013 the founders reached out to their network for as much feedback as possible. They wanted to understand criticism early and used it to iterate the product. Even when the userbase jumped to the 1000s they maintained this fanatical approach to...

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