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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Building the RIGHT Thing @ AgileCamp SV

What do markets and customers need? Most agile discussions focus on building things *right*; we’ll focus on building the right things, validation and avoiding 100% waste.

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FIR B2B Podcast: How Product Managers and Marketers Can Work Together

Podcast on how marketers and product managers can work well together, and the importance of deeply understanding customer needs before building products or marketing campaigns .

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A VP Product’s Checklist

VPs of Product Management have to create the conditions for individual product managers to succeed. This includes organizational, process, hiring/mentoring and cross-functional leadership — plus buy-in at every level. What goes on a new VP’s checklist?

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Making The Right Strategic Choices in Product Portfolios (RallyON)

Most agile improvement is focused on development teams, but most product failures happen before the first developer is assigned; before the first user story is written. How do we apply good validation, portfolio strategy and executive-level organizational thinking to building the RIGHT products?

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Why (Agile) Program Management Tools Don’t Help (Agile) Product Managers

Program management tools need the output of a good product management process, but the same tools don’t work for both purposes. Some thoughts on what product managers need to make good decisions…

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A Strategic Tool Chain

Scott Sehlhorst’s thoughtful diagram of strategic steps for successful products. This picture is certainly worth 1000 words.

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Why Silicon Valley Continues to Rock the World (Stockholm Market Insights Conference)

I was honored to keynote Tolpagorni’s annual Market Insights conference in Stockholm. We talked about Silicon Valley’s strong network effect for tech companies and workshopped early validation of product ideas, waterfall Lean, Innovation Games and ways to get actionable insights ahead of full development commitment.

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The Power of a Few Customer Calls

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Talking with even a few users/customers can make the difference between potentially good ideas and actual improvement. Between “I think…” and “here’s what I heard from live customers…”

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