Reframing Backlogs and Roadmaps for Good

Sep 18th, 2020 Product Janna Bastow 14 min read

Heavy backlogs and onerous roadmaps have long been a weight that product managers have had to bear. Ask any product manager what they do with their time, and many will tell you about the hours they spend managing one or both of these artifacts. Problem is, there’s no inherent value in the backlog or the […]

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Product Leadership: Autonomy, Alignment, and Psychological Safety

Jul 14th, 2020 Product Janna Bastow 8 min read

We’re seeing a change in management styles, and it’s about time. As a leader myself, in both a product manager and CEO capacity, I am thrilled to be riding this renaissance wave on how leaders should be managing their teams. This shift has been in the wings for far too long, failing to take center […]

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Product Leadership: Autonomy, Alignment, and Psychological Safety

Jul 14th, 2020 Product Janna Bastow 8 min read

We’re seeing a change in management styles, and it’s about time. As a leader myself, in both a product manager and CEO capacity, I am thrilled to be riding this renaissance wave on how leaders should be managing their teams. This shift has been in the wings for far too long, failing to take center […]

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Roadmap Flexibility in Times of Change

Apr 20th, 2020 Product Janna Bastow 4 min read

Just about every team in the world has had the breath knocked out of them. Some will adapt and change to this new reality, while others simply won’t make it through. Some will spot opportunities to ride the tailwinds and come out on top. I ache for the losses that the world is seeing, both […]

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Decisions, Debt, and other Dilemmas

Feb 5th, 2020 Product Janna Bastow 12 min read

Our world, as product managers, is filled with making decisions. And, making decisions means making trade-offs. Trade-offs so often means taking on tech debt, design debt and other types of debt. This can be a dilemma for companies, especially if it stacks up too much. This presentation explores how to address the uncomfortable topic of […]

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Decisions, Debt, and other Dilemmas

Feb 5th, 2020 Product Janna Bastow 12 min read

Our world, as product managers, is filled with making decisions. And, making decisions means making trade-offs. Trade-offs so often means taking on tech debt, design debt and other types of debt. This can be a dilemma for companies, especially if it stacks up too much. This presentation explores how to address the uncomfortable topic of […]

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Finding Product/Market Fit

Jan 22nd, 2020 Product Janna Bastow 12 min read

In this talk, delivered at ProductTank, London, Janna Bastow talks about the journey to finding Product/Market Fit. This includes what to look for, how to measure it, and how not to be fooled along the way. Product/Market Fit is a popular topic among growing startups, but it’s vastly misunderstood. That’s probably because it’s a made […]

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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Vanity Metrics

Oct 15th, 2019 Product Janna Bastow 6 min read

In this presentation, our CEO and Co-founder, Janna Bastow, talks about why vanity metrics are a blight on your business. So, how do you avoid these and other pitfalls that will lead your company to doom? Avoiding the Pitfalls of Vanity Metrics from Janna Bastow When we talk about vanity metrics, we mean that pile […]

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