How (Industrial) Hardware Is Different from (B2B) Software

Industrial hardware and enterprise software are both great business, but have very economics, scorekeeping, and development models. To run a strong software business, we may need to retool some operating processes as well as executive assumptions.

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Videocast: Moving Up into a Product Leadership Role

A videocast with Mike Belsito of Product Collective about “Moving Up into a Product Leadership Roles”

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Dublin: Organizational Challenge of Enterprise Roadmapping

There are some inherent mis-alignments among internal stakeholders that can complicate enterprise product planning and roadmapping. How do we understand these systematically instead of as personal confrontations? 

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Cambridge: Software Pricing Demystified (Business of Software Europe)

Software is intangible: it doesn’t have weight or size or per-unit manufacturing costs.  But if we’re in the software business, we have to assign units and prices that reflect our value to customers.  And we should be mapping out pricing strategy before we start development, not the day before product launch. 

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Seattle: Understanding Enterprise Product Companies

How does enterprise product management differ from mass-market consumer product management? We’ll look at organizations, politics and experiments… and why “experiments” mean very different things in B2C and enterprise/B2B.

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Podcast… “The Rich Mironov Hypothesis: Great Product Leadership is Both Subtle and Slow to Pay Off”

Holly Hester-Reilly’s Product Science Podcast brings me in for an episode called “The Rich Mironov Hypothesis: Great Product Leadership is Both Subtle and Slow to Pay Off”

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Videocast: Transforming with Truly Effective Product Management

Vantiq’s Blaine Mathieu talks with Rich about digital transformation, software product management, waterfall, metrics, and CEOs as our primary source of customer input

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My Stories Are Too Short…

My team says that my stories are too short, insufficient. Except when they say I’m long-winded, overspecifying HOW instead of WHAT. What’s really happening? Thoughts on engaging with our teams to unpack issues and work better together.

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Auckland: “Saying No to Good Ideas”

We can’t do everything, even if our executives believe we can.  So how do we decide what to focus on – and say NO to a huge stack of good ideas that crowd out the best ideas? Bruce McCarthy and Rich Mironov joined Product Tank Auckland to talk about frameworks, collaboration and executive interrupts.

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Why CEOs Should Not Be Our Primary Source of Customer Input

It’s easy for CEOs to think that they personally are the best-informed people within their companies about what customers need and what markets want. In reality, product and design teams have the time, focus, expertise, and large numbers of non-selling interviews to do more objective validation of product ideas.

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