The Hungry Man Parable

Sometimes we struggle to communicate important concepts that others don’t seem to get. So we have to try different approaches. Here’s a short post on framing the “shifting priorities” problem in non-technical terms.

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I’ve abandoned “MVP”

After years of struggle, I’m advising all of my clients and product leader coachees to stop using the term “MVP”.  Not to stop doing validation, discovery, prototyping or experiments they may associate that that acronym, but to remove the label from all of their docs and presentations and talks.  To delete the letters MVP from roadmaps and product charters…

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Webinar: Building Soft Skills as a Product Leader

I joined Scott Baldwin’s Age of Product Excellence webinar series to talk about soft skills/EQ, moving into leadership roles, understanding how different functional groups think/act, motivation, and how not to act like an MBA.

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Hiring a Head of Product

I’ve seen some patterns in how companies recruit their Heads of Product (aka Chief Product Officer, VP Product, Director of Product Management, or Group Product Lead). This post unpacks some fundamental misconceptions — and how to get the strong product leadership we need.

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Podcast: Cross-Functional Soft Skills for Product Leaders

A wide-ranging conversation about product leadership, stakeholders, understanding our different audiences.

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Webinar: Creating a Thriving Product Organization

Topic: Creating a Thriving Product Organization

with Rich Mironov
Organizations are complex and change is hard. There is no one-size-fits-all organization, especially not in a time of crisis. As product leaders, we must understand our own situations and demonstrate that our product management expertise is valuable.

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Starter KPIs for B2B/Enterprise

There are no generic or universal KPIs, since every business has unique aspects. So if we want KPIs for a B2B/enterprise company, where would we start? And how do we avoid committing to improvements in metrics/KPIs before understanding our current scores (or situation)?

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Podcast: How Product Managers Can Work Effectively With Data Scientists

An episode in ChadMcAllister’s Everyday Innovator series featuring Felicia Anderson and me on “How Product Managers Can Work Effectively With Data Scientists”

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Webinar: My Stories Aren’t Long Enough…

Sometimes we’re asked for conflicting or less-than-sensible things, both from customers and internal groups. This webinar is about understanding teams and adopting agile processes/tools to our specific situations.

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What Do Product Leaders Do?

Product leaders look after teams of products managers, and sometimes designers or developers. What do they do, and how is it different from the individual product managers on their team?

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