Tag: product mangement

Teams can be Nasty!

A client of mine works as a product manager. She has two primary product leadership teams.  Let’s say team A and team B.  Each team is composed of a product manager, architect, and senior developer and herself.  The goal of each team is to determine high-level design, user flow, and architecture.  A concept called psychological

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To Innovate…Check Your Ego, Question Your Assumptions

You sit in a three-day product strategy session.  The walls are covered in sticky notes.  You’ve listened to hours of presentations.  There are hundreds of ideas.  There is excitement in the room.  The group is onto something big.  We are going to build the next big innovation that will make our company stand out from

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Do You Have What it Takes To Be a Great Product Manager?

What makes a good product manager? Is it one who knows the many product management processes?  Is it one who has specific industry expertise?  As I coach product management teams, I see many teams with different skills.  Are there core skills or traits that make someone a great product manager? As a coach, how can

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Product Mgmt Leadership 101: Use the White Board!

To build an innovative product team, you need to value your employees.  This is so simple, yet is difficult to do. When your product managers feel that they are valued, contributing to the organization, and are part of the strategy, great things can happen.  Product Managers are Type-A personalities, who are curious, innovative, and very

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Product Discovery, Be a Giver, not a Taker

The product design and discovery process is messy, involves many people, and is linked to social and organizational dynamics of the team.  To determine what to build, what problems to solve, how to solve them, whether it makes sense to solve them, you need a team of people with many different skills.  For example, the

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Teamwork and the Family Dinner Table

When you think of a the family dinner table what do you think of?  For me, it means: Everyone talking at the same time All sorts of interesting topics that can change course mid-conversation Laughter Honesty Debating, lots of debating People interrupting each other And an environment where we all contribute to the conversation. When

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To Effectively Lead Teams….Be Vulnerable

My favorite quote is from Teddy Roosevelt: It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat

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Development Plans-Some Key Success Factors. Its about the Individual and the Organization

What is a good development plan? How do development plans grow individuals to be leaders? Are all development plans the same? As we approach the ‘review’ cycle within each of our organizations, how do development plans fit into the reviews of key leaders and high potential employees? Here are some ideas, sometimes controversial, of key

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Product Managers…Get out of the Office!

To Build Innovative Products….Get Out of the Office As product managers we spend countless hours looking at market trends, competition, technology, and customer requests.  However, will this help build innovative products?  I contend that this process enables you to build a product that satisfies basic market needs. But this process will not generate breakthrough product

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