Tag: Strategy

Product Management

Prioritization is More Art Than Science

A very common challenge faced by Product Managers of all experience levels is understanding and implementing some form of repeatable process around prioritization.  Some people take a very light approach, making decisions based on their own experience, data, and beliefs about the direction of the product.  Others take a much more rigorous approach, applying scorecards […]

Product Management

Running Too Lean Can be More Harmful than Helpful

Most companies out there put a huge push on efficiency and running “lean” — doing the most possible with the least amount of overhead.  And in most cases, that’s a very noble goal — after all, overhead in the form of people and positions is generally the highest cost that companies face. Reducing the number […]

Product Management

When Push Comes to Shove – Picking Your Battles

In many organizations, conflict is part and parcel of the culture — some conflict can be constructive, some destructive, but most of it can just be downright annoying.  And, because we often sit right in the middle of all of the random agendas, battles of ego, and emotional storms that can rage throughout the company, […]

Product Management

Balancing Agility and Strategy

One of the common struggles that Product Managers are faced with is figuring out how to be “agile” while still managing to a vision or strategy that’s been established by the Executives or Board.  The important thing to remember is that strategy and agility are not in conflict with one another — if a strategy is […]

Product Management

Measure What Matters

Many people are aware of the famous quote from Peter Drucker, “What gets measured, gets managed.”  But what people don’t often consider is that what’s being measured and managed might actually not matter at all at the end of the day.  When we measure things that don’t actually drive us to improve, we’re just acting like a […]

Product Management

What Can a PM Learn From Gaming?

While Product Management might be my career of choice, my primary hobby of choice has to be gaming.  I’ve been playing games in one form or another for as long as I can remember — tabletop games, video games, role-playing games…you name it, I’ve played some permutation of it in my life.  As I’ve grown […]

Product Management

Leading Through Influence: Limiting Choices

I was working with a future mentee last week and we noticed a recurring theme to some of our discussions — that a large part of good Product Management results from limiting the number of choices that our teams and our executives have to choose from, so that they make decisions that reflect the actual […]

Product Management

What Does an Agile Culture Look Like?

A common question posed to Product Managers in organizations interested in or transitioning into Agile is, “How do we know that we’re Agile?”  Because agility is a cultural value, there’s no pre-determined checklist of things that one can step through and certify your company as 100% Organic Agile.  There are, however, indicators that we look at to […]

Product Management

When “Bias Toward Action” Goes Wrong

If you’ve been on the job market in the past several years, you’ve undoubtedly come across the phrase “bias toward action” in one or more job descriptions or company overviews, or even during a call with a recruiter.  It’s become something of a buzzword, and in the way that many buzzwords do, has a meaninglessness […]

Guest Posts Product Management

No One Cares About Your Product’s Features!

I invited several of my friends in the product management, marketing, and strategic consulting fields to provide a little guest content to mix things up here on the Clever PM blog.  Today’s installment comes from my long-time friend and current growth hacking specialist Jason Pedwell, who blogs on his own website, LiftDad.com.  He’s here today […]

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 […]

Agile Development

“Agile” Does Not Mean “Without a Plan”

A very common, and very dangerous misconception about Agile development — whether you’re using Kanban, Scrum, XP, DevOps, or any other flavor of the week — is that it “requires” or “expects” that you can operate quickly, efficiently, and effectively without necessarily having an overall strategic plan. Bullshit. There certainly are teams and companies who […]

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