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3 A New Focus On Product Management Opportunity

A long work in progress This blog has been going for a long long time. It started as a site to share ideas and lessons I’ve learned in my career as a product manager for enterprise software products. Recently a bigger theme has started to emerge and coalesce. It’s more ambitious than my initial (lack Read More

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To 10x Your Profits Start With Retrospectives

20% is boring As many of you know, there’s a technique called a “retrospective” in scrum, or you might call it a debrief. After each sprint the team spends a short amount of time reviewing what went well, what could be improved, and what they should stop doing. The goal is for the team to Read More

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2 How To Talk To Your Executives About Agile

People have asked me “How can I get my execs to support an agile transformation? They don’t like that they can’t predict anything.” Reframe the Agile conversation around value This is never going to be an easy conversation, but I recommend reframing it from the outset. Don’t talk about scrum or methodologies or the Agile Read More

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5 The Secret Product Management Framework

One of the most challenging questions about product management has been – in my experience – “What is Product Management?” In this post, I share a simple model or framework to answer this question. I talk about this model with lots of people, but I’ve never explicitly written it down in a post. I’ve found Read More

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5 10 Writing Tips For Product Managers

I’ve started working on an online course on “writing for product managers.” It will come out in the next few months. In the process, useful tips about writing keep popping up. These tips will help you make your product management writing more persuasive, easier to read, more engaging, and more effective overall. Some of the Read More

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4 What Will Product Management Be Like In 5 Years?

Earlier this year Janna Bastow of ProdPad put out a call for opinions on the future of product management. I quickly responded then. And realized later it would also make a good blog post. To understand the future of product management I started from the “present” of product management. Where are we now in the Read More

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