Category: Product management tools

Can collaboration be bad for your organization?

Collaboration with our colleagues at work is a good thing, right?  As product managers, we facilitate collaboration across the entire organization to create successful products.  In Agile environments, collaboration across developers, designers, and testers is the norm.   A client who adopted true cross-functional teams… 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

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

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

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

Publishing Your Product Info Binder

Now that you know the importance of a product information binder for your sales team and how to get started gathering the material, your next challenges are to distribute the information and get Sales to use it first, instead of calling you. Distributing the Information… Continue reading

All Hail, the Product Info Binder

Is your popularity killing you? As a product manager, a great deal of your value resides in your customer, market and product knowledge, and so people should be seeking you out.  But if you find yourself fielding a lot of time-consuming and repetitive information  requests,… Continue reading