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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

Agile · Innovation · New features · Problems · Product management

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.…

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Fostering innovation

Originally posted on InTruthItsNotThatSimple:
Recently I spent ninety minutes with our full development and product teams listening to a series of two minute pitches on ideas for our quarterly ‘hack week’ event.  As a company we’ve been doing this for the past few years – setting aside one week every quarter for our development team…