Month: March 2018

Product Management

Don’t be Afraid to Admit You’re Wrong!

One of Amazon’s prized leadership principles is “Be right, a lot.”  And we should certainly strive for that as Product Managers, no matter what company we work for, or what product we’re working on.  But there’s a corollary to that statement that’s equally important — that you’re not going to be right all the time.  […]

Product Management

Sometimes Success Takes a Little Luck

Have you ever stopped to think about what makes some products successful while others languish in obscurity?  What made Orkut fail while Facebook took the world by storm?  What made StackExchange such a tremendously popular forum when there are literally thousands of others who have attempted the same thing?  As much as we Product Managers […]

Product Management

Looking Back to Look Forward — Understanding Retrospectives

There’s a tool in the Scrum toolbelt that is so utterly critical to success yet so fundamentally misunderstood by far too many development teams, Scrum Masters, and Product Owners.  I’m talking, of course, about the Sprint Retrospective.  I’ve seen it time and again, teams that are able to hit all the right notes in their […]

Product Management

What is the Value of Agility?

One of the many challenges that Product Managers face in trying to move organizations toward a more agile approach to product development is that some stakeholders simply don’t see the value in the shift.  They believe that, since their way has worked for them for so long that there’s no need to change — after […]

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