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Fearless Innovation

In the weeks since I’ve been working from home I have continued reflecting on the material I saw at the Everyday Innovator Summit last month. In reviewing my notes I found one session particularly insightful; it was entitled Creating a Culture of Fearless Innovation and featured a conversation between the conference host and Ben Brenton.… Continue reading Fearless Innovation

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Agile · Effectiveness · Innovation · Principles · Product management

Six principles for continuous innovation

As I’ve mentioned recently, several of my teammates and I had the chance in early April to virtually attend the Everyday Innovator Summit (or did we attend the virtual summit? Hard to know) and I found several of the sessions very thought provoking. One I’ve continued to think about was presented by Ash Maurya, who… Continue reading Six principles for continuous innovation

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Two good listens (plus 1)

I’ve been listening to some good on-line presentations and speeches lately and wanted to share them here. I also want to recommend again a podcast I mentioned in my last post: Inside Intercom. I called out their most recent episode – an interview with Laura Klein – but wanted to say that as I’ve started… Continue reading Two good listens (plus 1)

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Continuing Thoughts on Innovation

Originally posted on Applied Product Management Leadership:
A few weeks ago, I published a post When Might it be OK to not Listen to the Customer with the inspiration coming from having just finished Innovator’s Dilemma by Harvard Professor Clayton Christensen.  To oversimplify the summary, it was about the distinction between sustaining and disruptive innovation. Recently, I…

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The Mom Test

This morning I had the chance to facilitate a discussion with some product leaders in my firm about the first half of Rob Fitzpatrick’s book The Mom Test. This is a wonderful book (and a quick read) about the right and wrong ways to talk with clients and prospects about issues they face. We’ve been… Continue reading The Mom Test

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Learning by listening

Yogi Berra said it best: “You can observe a lot just by watching” (image from quotefancy). I had an opportunity last week to do some of that watching at a conference that brought together practitioners across the industry for which my team develops software. Working on product solutions in an Agile environment makes it vital… Continue reading Learning by listening

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User Research for Everyone

Earlier this week a group of people from my company attended a virtual conference on user research for everyone; the focus of the seven sessions was about the value of conducting consistent research on how people in your target market are using your product (or your competitors’ products) so that you can enhance what you… Continue reading User Research for Everyone

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Assessing Growth in a Post-Growth Phase

Originally posted on Applied Product Management Leadership:
As product leaders, we should be able to assess where along the product maturity curve our products fall.  The answer provides guidance on where to go next.  Introduction, growth, maturity, decline (or perhaps extension) … each phase has its own set of challenges and will yield a different strategy going forward.…