Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down

As I think about helping others learn to stand in their power, I think back to my favorite leader, Jim Mitchell.  It was 2002 or so.  I was a new product manager who was a bit clueless. I was not confident in myself or my ideas and was easily swayed by people who had control, … Continue reading Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down

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 … Continue reading Teams can be Nasty!

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 … Continue reading To Innovate…Check Your Ego, Question Your Assumptions

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

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 … Continue reading Product Mgmt Leadership 101: Use the White Board!

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 … Continue reading Product Discovery, Be a Giver, not a Taker

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 … Continue reading Teamwork and the Family Dinner Table