Posts written by Linda Merrick

Beyond Product Features – The Full Customer Experience

A guest post by Don Vendetti  I admit it.  I’m an online shopaholic.  My addiction started over a decade ago when Amazon delivered my first book right to my doorstep, painlessly and effortlessly.   From there I progressed to flowers, gift baskets, electronics, shoes, travel and… Continue reading

Trenches: Hazardous to Your Career

One of the things we teach in our 2-day Product Management Intensive workshop is how to get out of the trenches and get a 30,000 foot view once in awhile. Working with clients and coaching our students just reinforces for me how important this is,… Continue reading

Paycheck Predictions for 2010

Good news from the October “PM Paycheck Predictions” Survey! 39% are expecting an increase, although in a few cases it would just return them to their pre-crash pay levels. 43% are holding steady, including the entrepreneur who is reinvesting in their business. 18% predict a… Continue reading

Avoiding Certification: One Less Reason

I’m sure the debate is still raging about whether to get certified or not.  We still think you should – it will help your resume get sorted into the “follow-up” pile when you need it most.  If you’re leaning toward AIPMM Certification but have been… Continue reading

Pricing: Recovery Ready, or in a Death Spiral?

In their September newsletter, pricing experts Holden Advisors began talking about what you need to do to be ready if recovery is indeed on its way.  They also talked about the issues with bringing your price levels back up if you’ve resorted to deep discounting on your… Continue reading

CaaS: Car as a Service

Here’s an excerpt from the Sept. 14  Fortune Magazine article on Zipcars (“The Best New Idea In Business”) that I found thought-provoking: “Bill Ford believes that just about everything should be on the table:  letting customers bring their car back to their dealer, for example,… Continue reading


Welcome to Pivotal Product Management’s blog, the Pivot Post.  We’re Linda & Mara, and we’ll take turns posting here (and we might not always agree!). There are so many great PM blogs out there, providing excellent advice for product managers.  We hope to contribute to the pool. What… Continue reading

Five Steps to Better Decisions

How long has it been since you shook your head in dismay at an executive decision that seemed to ignore the facts? Research shows there are two key ways that the brain interferes with good decision-making. Find out what they are, and how product managers can combat their effects. Continue reading

Self-Improvement Survey Results

August’s survey asked what source of career-related self improvement information you use most frequently. Continue reading

Are We Losing the Turf War?

This post was inspired by the recent broughaha in Rick Chapman’s blog (Google it, I don’t want to give him yet another link to his blog). In it, he questioned the need for product managers in an SaaS organization. Here’s the question that I think needs to be examined:
What if he’s right? Continue reading