Elisabeth Sladen Knew How To Manage A Brand

Elisabeth Sladen — best known for her portrayal of Doctor Who companion Sarah Jane Smith — passed away last week at the age of 63.

I’m still having trouble processing this for reasons I touch on here but did want to share one thought about how Sladen’s approach to her character can teach us something about product management.

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Product Management Meets Pop Culture: The Podcast – Season One – Episode #1

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Product Management Meets Pop Culture: The Podcast!

In this companion piece to the world-famous PMMPC blog, we’ll be looking at the hottest product management topics buzzing around the interwebs, comics, TV, and more — all in 10 minutes or less.

This week’s topics: Outsourcing Product Management; Amazing Spider-Man #617; Doctor Who: The End Of Time.

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Torchwood "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" … In 10 Screencaps Or Less

Today: We’re recapping “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang”, the second season opener of the British scifi series Torchwood… in 10 Panels Or Less™.

Tomorrow: We’ll use this story recap as a springboard into this week’s topic: Handling stress as a product manager.

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Key plot points from this episode of Torchwood (guest-starring James Marsters) are pictured herein. You have been warned!
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Product Managers: Can You Reject Product Narcissism?

Yesterday we summarized Doctor Who “The Age of Steel” in 10 Screencaps or Less.

Today we’re using that summary as a springboard into a discussion on Product Narcissism.


John Lumic & friends

As we’ve seen, John Lumic was a genius. Unfortunately, he was also slowly dying–and rapidly growing insane.

Desperate to keep breathing, Lumic developed a method of bonding the human brain to a metal exoskeleton… and decided to grant everyone his version of immortality by forcibly upgrading them into Cybermen.

That, my friends, is Product Narcissism in its purest form. In science fiction, PN can threaten Life As We Know It. In product management, PN can kill your product and sink your career.

Let’s look at the signs of PN and how to treat it.

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