Category: For PM Executives

Easy Classification of Business Value for Portfolio Management

Whether you’re a Product Owner in an IT organization or a Product Manager in an ISV organization, you’re competing for scarce resources.  If you can’t quickly communicate the value of the work you’re proposing, you may lose out!  But if you can, you’ll stay in the… Continue reading

Mastering the Product Retrospective

Author’s note:  This is an update of a post from 2009. A regularly scheduled product retrospective is an important part of the product manager’s job. A product retrospective is similar to any other Agile retrospective, but focuses on product performance instead of team performance. In an… Continue reading

Book Review: Business Model Generation

Finally!  The book I wish we had for all the years I taught in the UW Software Product Management (SPM) Certificate Program.  Business Model Generation markets itself as “A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers”  but is equally suited for product managers who want to… Continue reading

Lies, Damn Lies and Roadmaps

You know the drill… a key customer wants you and their Account Manager to show up and present your latest roadmap, so they can see when they’ll be receiving their long-awaited products or enhancement requests. Of course, you did that nine months ago, promising said… Continue reading

Hiring Product Managers: PM experience or SMEs?

If you’re in charge of hiring Product Managers in your organization, here’s a problem that you’ve puzzled over before or you’ll have again soon:  do you hire experienced product managers and teach them your business, or do you hire subject matter experts (SMEs) and teach… Continue reading