Month: April 2018

Product Management

Pack ’em Up! Understanding Your Portable Skills

I’m often asked by in both formal and informal discussions whether I think that Product Managers are stuck in whatever industry they start in, and if not how to break into a new one.  And through all the years of having these discussions I’ve determined that the vast majority of the skills that make someone […]

Product Management

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – The Importance of Reducing Waste

I find it entertaining when people talk about how Agile and Lean and Kanban are all relatively new, untested, and revolutionary concepts.  That’s because they’re none of those things — they’re simply descendants of ideas and concepts that have existed in manufacturing contexts for a half-century or more, just pitched in a different way, at […]

Product Management

Having a Vision Isn’t Always About Distance

When most people talk about “vision” they’re evoking a concept of long-term planning, setting big and brash goals that you might or might not achieve, but which set a “north star” by which you can plot the course of your product and company.  And while that’s an extremely valuable use of the term, I’ve recently […]

Product Management

The Importance of Knowing What You Don’t Know

As Product Managers, we’re called on a lot to weigh in on questions, considerations, and issues related to our market, our customers, and our products.  And we’re often pressured to provide opinions either with or without sufficient data to feel entirely comfortable about drawing conclusions that we know people will rely on and act on — […]

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