“My CEO is a Finance Guy Stuck on ROI…”

How do we communicate product management’s view of prioritization and strategy to ROI-focused executives? Here’s my side of several recent conversations.

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Santa Clara: Certificate in Productizing Innovation

Rich will join the SCU/Leavey faculty on Sept 9th as part of their new Certificate in Productizing Innovation program. He will cover core product management and tech innovation topics.

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Post: 10 Questions from The Clever PM

10 questions from The Clever PM for his blog series including ‘What piece of advice would you share?’ and ‘What are the biggest challenges for Product Leaders? and ‘Biggest differences between smaller startups and larger companies?’

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Podcast: Perspectives on Product Management

A Product That Counts podcast pulling together interviews from 5 product thinkers: what makes good products, good product managers, and scalable organizations

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Podcast: Mistakes Product Managers Make

Karthik assembles comments about product management challenges/mistakes from 5 of his earlier podcasts: Roman Pichler, Steven Haines, Chad McAllister, Cindy Alvarez and Rich Mironov.

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Product Camp: Getting Promoted to Director

This Product Camp discussion focused on career ladders for product managers, what directors do that’s different from their individual contributors, and how to signal your interest if you want that next job up. Several participants raised real-world issues, and product veterans sharing their hard-won points of view.

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Getting Developers’ Buy-In on Build versus Buy

Technical Build versus Buy decisions should be straightforward, but we need development collaboration and motivation to get these right. What emotional barriers do we hit, and how do we address them? And how do we become better students of organizational behavior?

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Portland: Four Laws of Tech Product Economics

There are some fundamental laws of tech product economics (especially software) that should drive executive-level decisions about business and product strategies. It’s easy to forget them, or decide they don’t apply to our special situation. We unpacked a few.

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Selling Vs. Learning

Product managers must be part of the (enterprise) selling process. But selling and learning are hard to do at the same time with the same customer. How do we create separate learning opportunities with a wide range of customers and prospects to deeply understanding markets, segments and fundamental needs?

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Podcast: Organizational Anthropology

Individual product managers are focused on their individual products/services, but product leaders need to think about their organizational context: how do we get things done? What motivates each functional group and how do we align incentives? Can we get out ahead of inevitable resource conflicts?

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