Category: Product Management

watering down wine

Watering Down SaaS ARR

I see some software companies classifying multi-year development contracts as SaaS ARR. Here’s why I don’t think investors should be excited about that…

Read More »
SendBird

Getting Developers’ Buy-In on Build versus Buy

When we’re building software products, we’re faced with daily/weekly “build versus buy” decisions. Should we license in a commercial product or platform to handle part of our own application, or build a capability ourselves? Product managers and developers can have dramatically different points of view…

Read More »
I'm leaving

Exiting Gracefully

Most of us don’t get much practice resigning from corporate leadership positions, but it’s important to do this gracefully.  Plan it the way you’d plan your next product: clear communication, succession plan, helpful transition. And be a mensch: you’ll be working with many of these people again.

Read More »
offshore oil rig

The Risks of Replatforming

Many companies have replatforming efforts underway.  This is an essential part of the software product business, but fraught with poor assumptions and lack of experience/understanding.  I’ve seen the majority of these replatforming and reimplementation efforts fail…

Read More »

Product Management Helps Us Build the RIGHT Things

Product Management Helps Us Build the RIGHT Things:
Strong product managers spent up to half of their time talking directly with customers, buyers, and partners. And the other half of their time with their teams: framing problems, collaborating on solutions, translating features into benefits and vice versa. Making sure that we’re building the RIGHT things as validated directly by users and buyers so that we deliver customer-defined value as well as increased velocity. That’s different from the narrow scrum definition of product owner, which is mostly internal-facing.

Read More »

What Product Leaders Do (Keynote)

What Product Leaders Do:
Product management is a complex and strategic, with most of us falling into it accidentally. Career paths are unclear. So what do product leaders — the people managing teams of product managers — do? We’ll unpack this, including a discussion of narrower product owner roles versus broader product manager roles.

Read More »
Angels dancing on head of a pin

Selling Problems (and Then Solutions) Instead of Philosophy

We know that external customers must recognize a problem before they consider buying our solution. But I often see product managers / product leaders forget this when dealing with internal stakeholders and executives. We push for product-side practices and processes without clearly framing the underlying problems. I think of this as ‘selling philosophy.’

Read More »
heap logo

Podcast: What Do You Do With a HiPPO?

Rachel Obstler, VP Product at Heap, invited me in for a two-part conversation on her Product Therapy podcast.  This is the second portion, where we talked about: Can we schedule innovation?  No, but start with hypotheses… Insights are in the heads of our users: we have to discover things that they don’t already know What

Read More »
Sign up for our newsletter
Book Cover - The Art of Product Management
Categories

Archive

  • 2021 (12)
  • 2020 (12)
  • 2019 (7)
  • 2018 (7)
  • 2017 (8)
  • 2016 (13)
  • 2015 (16)
  • 2014 (17)
  • 2013 (17)
  • 2012 (14)
  • 2011 (2)
  • 2010 (13)
  • 2009 (9)
  • 2008 (4)
  • 2007 (3)
  • 2006 (4)
  • 2005 (2)
  • 2004 (7)
  • 2003 (8)
  • 2002 (6)
  • Scroll to Top
    Processing...
    Thank you! Your subscription has been confirmed. You'll hear from us soon.
    ErrorHere