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My Take on Good/Bad Product Manager

Originally posted on Applied Product Management Leadership:
Several weeks ago during one of our planning sessions, my boss referred to the Good Product Manager, Bad Product Manager post by Ben Horowitz.  While it has taken me awhile to get around to reading it, I am sure glad I did.  Love, love, love the context of the…

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Designing your life

Just a quick post here about a short piece I heard from NPR lately (the truth is my wonderful wife sent me a link to this piece). It unites several interests of mine – including product development, personal growth, goal setting, and discovering a sense of purpose – and I’d encourage you to take the… Continue reading Designing your life

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Don’t drop the ball

In the midst of a very busy time I’m reminded of some of the core responsibilities of Product Owners at my firm (where the role straddles some typical duties of a product manager and a scrum master). Here are quick notes on what is surfacing: Know the details. As a product owner it is important… Continue reading Don’t drop the ball

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People > Process > Product

You’ve likely heard many of the jokes before.  There are three kinds of people in the world: those who can count and those who can’t.  Or there are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don’t.  Or maybe even there are two kinds of people in the world:… Continue reading People > Process > Product

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Agile theory and messy reality

By temperament I am somewhat of an intellectual.  I enjoy abstract conversations and discussions about the “right” way to do things.  My personality type – according to tests like the Myers Briggs Temperament Indicator or the Enneagram – tends to the idealistic, meaning I place a high value on integrity and push myself and the… Continue reading Agile theory and messy reality

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Definition of Done

Originally posted on Applied Product Management Leadership:
I’ve been sitting on this idea for a post for some time now.  From time to time throughout my career, this topic materializes out of nowhere and is worthy of discussion. And when it comes to ‘ownership’, I have experienced differences of opinion that could easily rival the argument about which…

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Taking the Lead In A Well Orchestrated Dance

Originally posted on Applied Product Management Leadership:
Just getting back into the swing of things after re-charging the batteries a bit on vacation, and came across an article from CMO.com titled Why CMOs Should Care About The Rise Of Product Management that struck a chord and challenged me this morning. It’s an interesting read, although a bit more oriented…