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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Handling Stress As A Product Manager: White Lines, Car-Jacking Are Not The Answers

Yesterday: We recapped “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang“, the second season opener of the British scifi series Torchwood… in 10 Panels Or Less™.

Today: We’re using this story recap as a springboard into this week’s topic: Handling stress as a product manager.


Coke and car-jacking? This Product Manager handled stress… poorly

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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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Doctor Who "The Age of Steel" In 10 Screencaps Or Less

“The Age of Steel” is an episode of Doctor Who. It focuses on the Doctor’s fight to stop a madman from upgrading humans into Cybermen. Let’s summarize “The Age of Steel”… In 10 Screencaps Or Less!™

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Doctor Who "Time Squad" Office Toys

We at “Product Management Meets Pop Culture” humbly suggest you spruce up your office environment this spring with Doctor Who: Time Squad office toys… According to the solicitation: “Doctor Who: Time Squad will star the Doctor, along with many other familiar characters, enemies and monsters, in a cute and collectible super-deformed mini-figure format.” (Yes, I … Continue Reading