Tag Archives: Product strategy

Portfolio Management: Playing to win with continuous planning

Authors’ note:  This is the second part of a series on Portfolio Management for software, co-written by Bruce Winegarden and Linda Merrick.  In our prior blog post we suggested some fundamental concepts on how to change the game to focus on winning performance for a whole portfolio,… Continue reading

Portfolio Management: Changing the Game for Software Projects and Products

Focus on winning as a whole Authors’ note:  This is the first part of a three-part series on Portfolio Management for software, co-written by Bruce Winegarden and Linda Merrick. In this first post, we’ll discuss the different perspectives that inform how projects and products are… 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

When the strategy is a mystery

A colleague recently voiced frustration that their divisional strategy is far from clear, yet they are accountable for following it and delivering results against it.  Does this problem sound familiar? Here are a few good ways to cope: 1. Look for “breadcrumb trails” – Find a… Continue reading

Retrospectives: Key to Product Planning

A regularly scheduled product retrospective is an important part of the product manager’s job. As we close out the calendar year, it’s a good time to complete this work. What’s the best way to to it?  Some take a “rear-view-only” pragmatic approach: report on release delivery, revenue… Continue reading

How Do You Get Focused on Product Strategy?

The November Pivot Point Newsletter survey asked you how you get focused on the product strategy and the overall company strategy. Most of the Product Managers who responded to the survey say they start by looking at information from the market. This approach was chosen… 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

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.

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