Category: Product Management Tips

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Good Execution Beats a Bad Idea

In case you haven’t figured it out, I read Fortune magazine regularly. This issue includes the “Best Advice I Ever Got” feature, with an interview of Wilbur Ross (of International Steel fame). He quotes a mentor as saying “You’re better off backing a mediocre idea… 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

Product Owner/Product Manager: Can You be Both?

Agile’s changes ripple through the organization beyond the Development group.  Chief among the big questions that arise: can the Product Manager be the Product Owner?  The dual role has its challenges!  Here are the two key challenges you’ll face, and some hard-won tips on navigating… Continue reading

How to avoid cannibalization when adding to your line?

Thanks to Jeff Lash for the opportunity to answer this question on his “Ask A Good Product Manager” blog.  You can see the question and the reply here.

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

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

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