Month: July 2015

Product Management

When is a Product Manager Not a Product Manager?

The title of “Product Manager” seems to be a rather vague descriptor in the current world of technology.  It’s become so useless, in fact, that some companies have decided to make things even more convoluted by creating even more useless titles such as “Product Editor” (how, exactly does one “edit” a product?).  Because of this […]

Product Management

The Importance of Continuous Improvement

Most of the “Agile” and “Lean” product design and development practices that we follow in the modern age can be directly linked to the lean manufacturing movement from the 1940s and 1950s, largely attributed to the work of W. Edward Deming and his influence on the post-war Japanese manufacturing culture.  Deming relied on a “Plan-Do-Study-Act” methodology […]

Product Management

The Biggest Mistake Any PM Can Make

Every so often, the question comes up in conversation or online — “What’s the biggest mistake that a PM can make?”  And it’s actually a hard question to answer, because there are so many possible candidates: Thinking you’re the customer; Not validating your proposals or approaches; Relying only on anecdotal “data” when making decisions; Dictating priorities […]

Product Management

The “Power Trio” – Balancing Market, Product, and Technical Needs

One of the biggest challenges facing nearly every Product Manager is the lack of a clearly-defined role in the organization.  Even in companies that have “rigorous” organizational structures, the Product Manager often becomes everything to everyone – the hub around which all the other business processes operate.  And for the most part, this isn’t necessarily […]

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