Category: Leadership

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How Weak Analogies About Software Can Lead Us Astray

Company leaders who aren’t steeped in how software is designed and built can apply less-than-useful analogies for how software products are built. These analogies tend to highlight predictability, scheduling and cost management… but may not be that useful. This post unpacks a few of them.

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Aug 19: How to Manage Misaligned Stakeholders

Prioritization is hard, and we HOPE that a clear corporate strategy plus well-considered OKRs will get our internal stakeholders to agree on what’s most important: unambiguous #1 and #2 and #3 priorities. That our spreadsheets and analysis will sell everyone on our plan. But that rarely happen…

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Difficult Product Discussions with CEOs

CEOs may not see their role in systematic product/development problems, and product leaders may not know how to frame their concerns so CEOs can hear them. Can we get past buzzwords to difficult organizational discussions?

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Prioritization Beyond Algorithms

Prioritization is an essential part of product management. We want it to be a mechanical process: pick a metric, estimate ROI for the entire backlog, then do whatever scores highest. But that very rarely works in practice.

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Workplace Confessions

Podcast: Workplace Confessions

This podcast uses submissions of real-but-anonymized problems to get guest responses. One of the questions for me: How would a product manager handle C-level requests for proprietary information about a previous employer/competitor?

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Synchronized swimmers

Shoulder To Shoulder

VPs of Product and VPs of Engineering need a strong, trusting, collaborative working relationship so that their teams can succeed. What does that look like?

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Combining Business & Product Mindsets

Christian Strunk and Alex Dapunt host the Product Bakery podcast. In this episode, I joined them to talk about how Product Leaders work with executives, as well as the topic of negotiating and managing stakeholders and incoming requests.  👉 Listen to the episode on all platforms 🎙 Podcast Minutes/Table of Content 0:28 – Intro 5:45

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