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The Icelandic tradition of Jólabókaflóð — the Christmas Book Flood — has reached near hygge levels of fame over the past few years.

Every winter since 1944, Iceland’s publishing houses have produced a catalogue for the veritable deluge of books published in time for the festive season — Bókatíðindi. It’s delivered to every home in the country and is also accessible online.

2020’s catalogue is 84 pages long. As well as translations of bestsellers from around the world, this year’s Bókatíðindi includes plenty of local works. That’s an easy enough achievement — Iceland boasts the highest number of authors per…


A lot has happened in 2020 which you’d probably like to forget. But chances are, your team also did some really good work.

It’s precisely because this year has been a bit rubbish that celebrating what you achieved is really important. An easy way to do this is through a team ‘Review of the Year’ session.

This is a good thing to do for several reasons.

It’s easy to lose track of what has happened over the course of 12 months. Those demos you did in January and February feel a very, very, very long time ago now.

Given that…


Behind every product management job ad is an optimistic hiring manager. That person has a list of all of the things they’re looking for in their new hire — skills, experience, knowledge and attitude. Some of the items on the list are non-negotiable. But sometimes — especially for more junior roles — the ‘musts’ are less ‘must’ than you might think.

Hiring often involves compromising on one (or more) things on ‘the list’. If you’re trying to move into product management this compromise can be a way for you to get your first product job. …

Lucie McLean

Berlin-based Product Director with more than 14 years experience in product management and the wrinkles to prove it.

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