Month: May 2015

Agile Development Product Management

Death By Gantt Chart

We’ve all been there — we’re talking about our upcoming projects, discussing possible timelines and resource allocations, working to align our tactical work with the company and product strategy, when it hits you like a brick thrown through your living room window in the middle of the latest Game of Thrones episode: So, where’s the […]

Product Management

Overcoming Objections to Iterative Development

One of the common challenges that Product Managers have in advocating for more agile product definition and development practices is a rather ironic one — those in power and authority often feel that iteration “doesn’t work” because they feel that once something is “done” it won’t ever be revisited.   The irony here is that it’s […]

Agile Development

The Three Forms of Waste – Muda, Mura, and Muri

With Agile development and Lean practices so popular nowadays, sometimes the history behind these practices and philosophies is overlooked or skipped over entirely.  Unfortunately, when people miss the underpinnings upon which these concepts are based, they also tend to distort and remake those principles into something that only barely resembles the original concepts behind them. […]

Product Management

Lessons from a Business Growth Consultant: How Dial Soap Got Cleaned Out

I’ve invited my old friend and former co-worker Molly Lindblom to provide some content on the Clever PM blog; Molly is an exceptional product strategist, and was instrumental in the success that I had creating the LexisNexis Market Intelligence product so many years ago.  My experiences working on that product have informed much of what […]

Product Management

Understanding the Equal and Opposite Reaction

In prior articles, I discussed how one could apply the principles of Newton’s First and Second Laws of motion to their duties as a Product Manager. Here, we close the series by examining Newton’s Third Law — that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  The fact is, this law applies as […]

Product Management

Know What You Don’t Know

A common perception of Product Managers within organizations is that we’re somewhat of a “know-it-all” — which is not always the most productive position from which to do our jobs.  Some of this perception is earned — simply a function of the broad base of knowledge, influence, and direction that we are so often assigned.  […]

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