Does Your Product Suck?


It’s been a tough week on the technical front, with a variety of products failing to perform their core functions for me. Which prompts a somewhat emotional question for those of us who oversee products (or services) for a living: Does your product suck? Does it #fail to do the one thing that customers buy it for? Here’s some background (a/k/a my tale of woe)… First, the dishwasher Our brand-new home has a brand-new kitchen, stacked with brand-new appliances. That includes a shiny, top-of-the-line Bosch dishwasher with dozens of settings and options and modes. What it lacks, unfortunately, is a reliable way to turn it on – to start the wash cycle. Of course, there is a START button, and…

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Skills You Need to Succeed as a PM (SVPMA Panel)


SVPMA marked its 10-year anniversary with a panel discussion on the key role that product managers play in today’s organizations and the skills PMs need to succeed in the next decade.  120+ attended. What: “Skills You Need to Succeed as a Product Manager in the Next Decade” Panel: Rich Mironov (moderator), Tom Grant, Greg Cohen, Christina Noren, Ivan Chalif When: Wednesday, December 1st, 6:30pm – 9pm Where: TechMart, Santa Clara This turned into a spirited discussion among the panelists and assembled PMs/PMMs with questions on their minds.  One interesting thread was about “the right questions to ask” and the “right tools to use” to arrive at the best possible requirements.  (See Saeed Khan’s thoughtful post.) And some pull-the-pin questions from…

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