A VP Product’s Checklist


VPs of Product Management have to create the conditions for individual product managers to succeed. This includes organizational, process, hiring/mentoring and cross-functional leadership — plus buy-in at every level. What goes on a new VP’s checklist?

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Ready Product Radio Podcast: Managing Products vs. Managing Product Managers

Ready Product Radio

Ready Product Radio’s Allan Neil talked with me about the difference between managing products and managing product managers; balancing one-off requests against strategic roadmaps; and whether more data is improving product decisions

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Everyday Innovator Podcast: Product/Organizational Challenges


Chad McAllister invited me to join his Everyday Innovator Podcast. We talked about coaching new product managers, organizational challenges and how to overcome them, making time to talk with lot of customers/prospects, and approaches to corporate innovation.

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Will 2016 Be The Year Of The Unicorn Apocalypse In Silicon Valley?


From Forbes’ Leadership blog: my comments about the impending Unicorn Apocalypse. What happens when a few highly visible startups stumble and funding slows down?

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MTPCon Product Leadership Workshop (May 3, SOLD OUT)

Mind The Product

Rather than focus on managing individual products/services, this workshop is for people managing teams of product managers: organizations, issues and strategies. Organizations are complex; getting things done is hard; evidence-based validation may not be enough.

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2015: A Strong Product Year


Appreciative hat tips to bloggers, events, podcasts and product-specific tools that caught my eye during 2015. An embarrassment of riches!

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Four Laws Of Software Economics (Part 4)


There are a lot of inputs to product strategy including advisory boards, customer forums, sales teams and ROI prioritization algorithms. None are sufficient on their own: we have to develop and apply strategic judgment, and test that in the marketplace.

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Four Laws Of Software Economics (Part 3)


The software bits we release are not the whole product, but a part of the product. We need to make sure we ship a whole product, which includes a compelling story of interest to customers. Strategy, segmentation and customer joy matter.

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Four Laws Of Software Economics (Part 2)


If all of the profits are in the nth copy of software that we sell, we need to understand the Law of Build Once, Sell Many. Building for market segments is different (better) than custom development or professional services.

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Four Laws Of Software Economics (Part 1)


It’s a fact: your development team will never, ever, ever be big enough. As a software executive or product lead, how should knowing that change your actions or decisions?

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