Category: General / Opinion

General conversation, rants, philosphical discussions.

What if Product Management really went Agile?

What might we gain if we join our engineering counterparts in using Scrum, Lean, Kanban, and other Agile practices on our own work?  Agile proponents tell us that we’ll improve productivity, competitiveness, quality, and job satisfaction by going Agile.  Isn’t that what all of us… Continue reading

Four Complaints About Product Management – and what to do about them

Every product manager and product owner I know is smart, hard-working, and dedicated to their organization’s success.  Why, then, do developers AND business stakeholders still complain that Product Management is ineffective? As a trainer of these roles and a product manager myself, I am genuinely… Continue reading

2016 Best Books for Product Management

Here is our list of recommended reading and references for Product Managers and Product Marketers, updated for 2016! You might notice that there aren’t very many books on the list that address Product Management and Product Marketing directly.  We believe that Product Managers and Product… Continue reading

Six Signs Your Agile Teams Need Better Product Management

Kudos to all the software development groups out there that have adopted Agile methods with some degree of success!  However, it’s not all sunshine and kittens yet.  Here are some of the complaints that I hear when I work with Agile Teams or attend conferences:… Continue reading

Re-inventing (Agile) Product Management

As I participate in various Agile professional and networking groups, I often leave the meetings wondering why the Agile community is re-inventing product management, one step at a time. Is it because we’re doing such a terrible job? Or is it because they honestly don’t… Continue reading

Best Books for Product Managers and Product Marketers, 2014

Here is our current list of recommended reading and references for Product Managers and Product Marketers.  We’ve read each of these works and find that we reach for them often as we work on product management projects and guide our clients.  Use the comments to… Continue reading

Strategy Really IS Hard To Do

So hard, in fact, that even CEOs of major global corporations don’t always nail it.  Here’s a great case in point from the a recent edition of Fortune Magazine. Proctor & Gamble’s previous CEO, A.G. Lafley, expressed P&G’s strategy under his leadership as “The consumer… Continue reading

You’ll Never Have Enough Authority

I still hear it, as the reason for a product manager’s failure: “I have all the responsibility but no authority”.  If this is your reason for a late product, a product not hitting its revenue targets, a product with lots of unsatisfied customers, then pack… Continue reading

The Mythical Product Owner

Now that we’ve determined *what* a Product Owner is and should do, the next question is: Where are they? At ScrumGathering in Seattle last month, that question was prevalent.  Attitudes toward the lack of engagement from Product Owners – not just at the conference, but at… Continue reading

Where Sales Meets Product Management: Price

I had the privilege of speaking at Woods Creek Consulting’s Sales Executive Peer Group earlier this month, and the topic was “Price Increases”.   I’m always excited to work with this group – where else can I talk with a dozen VPs of Sales for an hour… Continue reading