How To Nail Your Product Management Process with Jira

May 10th, 2018 Product Janna Bastow 13 min read

Raise your hand if you’ve tried to prioritize your product backlog in Jira. That’s everyone, right? But who has actually succeeded at it? Yep, just about no one. (If you’re the lucky exception, give me a shout!) Jira is a great development tool and it does what it’s supposed to do: it helps you to […]

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Growing up Lean: Lean Strategies for Maturing Products

Mar 20th, 2018 Product Janna Bastow 25 min read

Building an MVP and launching a product is actually the easy part. It’s much more difficult to manage a product in its maturity or decline stages, so I wanted to tackle the challenges of a product that’s past its initial growth stage, and share some tips on: – How to avoid becoming a feature factory, […]

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Re-Introducing Triage Mode for a Tidier Product Backlog

Jan 31st, 2018 Product Janna Bastow 3 min read

The unexciting tasks we push back until the end of the day, week, month or quarter are often the ones we need the most support on from technology. So as well as the exciting whizzy features, we build ProdPad to provide handy shortcuts for the boring stuff. That way, you can crack on with the […]

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Trello vs. ProdPad: How They’re Different and Why You Need Both

Jan 30th, 2018 Product Janna Bastow 15 min read

If you’re using Trello already, you might be asking “Trello vs ProdPad? What’s the difference? Why do I need them both?” Good question, and one we can answer because we use ProdPad and Trello together to build our own products! It’s not a matter of one versus the other. They each solve completely different problems: […]

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7 Brilliant Little Skills To Master Your Role As A Product Manager

Sep 5th, 2017 Product Janna Bastow 17 min read

Here’s what no one has told you about your role as a product manager: it’s essentially a sales job. Except it’s possibly the hardest sales job of your life. Because you don’t get training or even training wheels when you start this gig – and no one tells you that the hardest thing about being […]

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How To Work With User Personas When You’re A Product Manager

Aug 30th, 2017 Product Janna Bastow 8 min read

Think about what it takes to run a successful services company, like an an agency or a consultancy. When you’re running an agency, you give them what they’re asking you for. They want a custom dashboard? You make it. They want you to make them a website? You do it. They want you to jump? […]

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How to Sell Your Boss on Roadmaps Without Timelines

May 22nd, 2017 Product Janna Bastow 10 min read

Can’t get your boss to part ways with a time-based feature roadmap? Then sell them on the risk. I wonder what it is about feature roadmaps that is comforting to the C-suite. Is it the false sense of security that you’re setting yourself up to deliver a list of features based on untested assumptions and […]

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Why We’re Shaking Up Our Plans and Pricing

Apr 7th, 2017 Product Janna Bastow 1 min read

We’re shaking up our plans and pricing next month. Don’t panic. If you’re a current ProdPad customer, you will get to keep the plan and price you’re on as long as you want. You’ve been with us from the start and we’re eternally grateful. Your plan is safe! But going forward, our new customers will […]

Say Hello To The New ProdPad

Jan 25th, 2017 Product Janna Bastow 9 min read

Today, we’ve flipped the switch on a new, more beautiful ProdPad. It’s the latest iteration of our persistent product vision: to help you become a better and more confident product manager. Making you a badass product manager was at the top of our minds as we designed and tested the beta version last year – […]