Pink-faced – and without product management?

The ongoing data loss travails of T-Mobile Sidekick customers, and the related Major Maalox Moments for the Microsoft Danger/Pink team, made us wonder about the role of Product Management for Danger/Pink:  Does the function even exist on the team?  Did anyone think to create a disaster plan or rollback plan?  And is someone… Continue reading

How our readers contribute to the budgeting process

September’s 30-second survey asked about how product managers participate in the budgeting process. Continue reading

Three things you must do to sell your business case

Annual planning and budgeting is in full swing.  If you want to ensure that your 2010 business case is approved, keep in mind these three immutable facts… 1. Your business case can be “torpedoed” without your ever knowing why.  We’ve seen this happen a bunch of times. … 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!

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