A Product Manager's Curriculum

A product manager wears many hats. You need to be a facilitator, a project manager, a dealmaker, a stand-in UX expert and many more things. This is a profession I'm still learning, but being able to grow every day of the week is the greatest inspiration. Besides learning from the everyday tussles on the battlefield that is the workplace, I spend at least an hour everyday with reading. Here's a list of books that shouldn't miss from any product ma…


How to Extract an Integer from a Text String in Excel

Excel and Google Sheets offer you several functions to extract a fragment from a text string. The other day we needed to take ID numbers from a list of URLs and sum up pageviews of links by ID. We exported the report from Google Analytics directly to Google Sheets and used the following function. Suppose that cell A1 has the following text string: https://www.weareevermore.eu/en/news/some-slug/23 First we replace every occurrence of / with 100…


Getting Better in Product Development (A Personal Narrative)

In his latest post Avi mentioned that we are getting better with estimating and managing our workload. I can confirm this is all true; we learned a lot in the last couple of years and we keep learning. I decided to share some of the most important steps in my workflow as a product manager; things I'm doing better than before and things I intend to do even better. Before I start I'd like to make it clear that we are an agency. In most of the times…


Road Bumps in Project Management Pt. 2

Last week my colleague and friend Ivo wrote a short piece about his experiences in project management. I decided to do a second instalment, but in this article I'll focus on internal issues mainly. Now I'd like to make it clear that our company is dealing mostly with web stuff. However, I feel like the things I'm going to talk might come useful in the offline world and not only for project managers. Then this little write-up doesn't even intend…


Livecasts Redesign

This month we did a complete redesign of our streaming platform, Livecasts. Livecasts has been active in it's previous form since 2013. Throughout the years we have streamed many events, mostly from the European Parliament, organized by the ALDE Group and the ECR Group among many others. One of our other notable clients is MyMicroInvest, for whom we streamed many crowdfunding events. After using the same design for more than 3 years, we decided…


Those who prepare, respond with strength.

Simple websites are sometimes difficult; it's difficult to keep them simple. With the website of the Security and Crisis Centre (SACC) by the World Jewish Congress, we were determined to help the client to keep it simple. We were lucky enough to work with Gabriela Jiraskova, the leader of the project, who was a partner in this. We started off by formulating all the content for the website before doing any design or writing a single line of code.…