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The database bingo: database guide for managers

Database bingo - databases explained for managers

Within 10 minutes this database guide tells you everything about the foundation and different types of databases used (and a bit beyond to make you look extra cool).  Warning: this database guide is pretty tech heavy, you might need some coffee.  If you’ve read my ‘Machine learning guide for managers’ you know that data is the most important ingredient in any system. Whether it’s data science or a web application, without quality data nothing really matters. How does a database

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How to deliver a product release on time

How to deliver product release on time

For most product managers, a big product release is a stressful moment. The road towards it can also be very painful and usually isn’t without conflict. A lot of things need to go right and a lot of things can go wrong. Does a mayor product release need to be so painful? The answer is NO.  I’ll explain a simple method I use that could inspire and help your product operations step-by-step within 7 minutes. Your win: decrease in stress levels!

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The machine learning guide for product managers

Machine learning guide for product managers

Probably the hottest topic most companies are talking about and still struggling with: machine learning. AI, Data Science, algorithms. self-drivng cars. What?! It can hard to figure out what’s really going on as a product manager in this field that will power a lot of use cases in the future. This is the machine learning guide for (product) managers. Want to end the confusion and get a kickstart as a manager on the basics of machine learning within 5 minutes?

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The ultimate A/B testing guide for product managers

The ultimate A/B testing guide for product managers

Building the right product takes a lot of measurements and data. One of the most well-known methods of measuring product is A/B testing. Measuring product and doing things like A/B testing right, is hard. Having a hard time understanding A/B testing or seeking to improve your A/B testing efforts? This A/B testing guide is for you. What is A/B testing? In short, A/B testing is about testing a hypothesis (= any enhancement that a user can view or interact with

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5 mistakes product managers make with NPS

5 Mistakes product managers make with NPS

NPS is mostly used a lot of tech mid-size to larger companies as part of there customer feedback metrics. In most cases, NPS is implemented and monitored by the product department. NPS is a great tool but it’s important to avoid some pitfalls (especially with your stakeholders). In this article I’m going to give you 5 mistakes product managers make so you can avoid them (5 minute read). Say goodbye to these expensive mistakes! What is NPS? For those unfamiliar

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How to manage technical debt (step-by-step guide)

How to manage technical debt

Most articles about technical debt are pretty much theory only with lots of interesting graphs. The big problem with those articles: its worth 0 without knowing how to practically implement any of it into your development operations. I’m going to give you a hands-on approach on how to manage technical debt so you can improve your product delivery (5 minute read). Before you continue reading… If you aren’t sure what technical debt actually is, read ‘What is technical debt?‘ first. Why

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5 key changes product managers can expect in 2018

Outlook 2018: 5 key changes product managers can expect in 2018

As 2017 is nearing its end, I’m going to give a short Outlook on 2018 for product managers. This list is really about key factors that will be involved in your product development to get your product to the next level in 2018. Some key changes are there to actually protect you from hurting your business. The new year will see a lot of interesting changes in regulation in Europe with global impact. Use them to your product advantage. Here

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How to hire a developer (plus freebee)

How to hire a developer plus freebee

Although it seems easy and straight forward, hiring a developer has its own specific challenges. For most managers and executes, developers may seem from another planet while talking to them (you might need a tech dictionary). I’ve hired dozens of developers over the years from all parts of the world. Let me drop a bomb first… Hiring a developer has nothing to do with having a rockstar coder. In this article (5 minute reading time), I’m going to help you

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Silence: make your product team more productive

How to make your product team more productive

A lot of companies nowadays are open environments. That’s great for an open atmosphere but also has a big drawback: noise. Engineering a tech product requires a lot of detailed work and focus. Noisy work environments and engineering don’t go together and reduces productivity. That’s why I always focus on creating silence as a fundamental stepping stone towards nurturing a great workplace for engineering talent. Every item mentioned is from my actual experience. I’m going to give you a few

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How to hire the right product manager

How to hire the right product manager

I was supporting a Berlin startup recently with hiring a product manager. They weren’t the first company that knocked on my door to help them find the right person for the job. It became clear to me a lot of companies and startups struggle to find those top notch product managers. Let me give you an insight how difficult hiring PM’s is: from the last 2 companies I supported with hiring, out of 20 applications 0 passed requirements. They barely made

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