Agile · Definitions · Principles · Product management · Reblog

Am I a Product Manager or a Product Owner

Thanks to a LinkedIn group I subscribe to about Product Management, I recently came across a multi-part blog post by Ellen Gottesdiener of EBG Consulting discussing the different expectations behind job titles of product manager and product owner. Here is a link to part one: https://www.ebgconsulting.com/blog/product-manager-product-owner/ I encourage you to check it out. If you’ve read… Continue reading Am I a Product Manager or a Product Owner

Ideals · Leadership · Principles · Product management · purpose

The End of an Era

Originally posted on Applied Product Management Leadership:
He who has a why can endure any how. Knowing your why is an important first step in figuring out how to achieve the goals that excite you and create a life you enjoy living (versus merely surviving!). This quote from German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche seemed appropriate given the topic of purpose…

Decision making · Product management · Reblog

Focus Is About Saying No

Originally posted on Applied Product Management Leadership:
As Product Management leaders, enhancement requests come at us from all directions. But are all requests equal?  And do customer requests supersede what is already on the roadmap? As your products become more mature and more complex, prioritization becomes more critical. Several coalescing experiences over the past week reminded…

Coaching · Communication · Effectiveness · feedback · Leadership · Planning · Product management · Reblog

The Light at the End of the Tunnel & New Year Perspectives

Originally posted on Applied Product Management Leadership:
Taking stock towards the end/beginning of a year is always a good idea.  I had every intention of doing this prior to taking some vacation, but unfortunately the dreaded holiday bug caught up with me this year and laid me out for the better part of a week.…

Agile · Book reviews · Coaching · Communication · Customer conversations · feedback · Leadership · Product management · Reading · VOC

Recent notes

The past few weeks have been very busy with conferences, client visits, and a lot of end-of-year planning activities. I wanted to post three brief notes on things I’ve been thinking about during this time: Product marketing. I spent a few days recently at an annual industry conference and as I usually do I took… Continue reading Recent notes

Innovation · Jobs to be done · Leadership · Product management · Reblog

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…

Agile · Effectiveness · Leadership · Principles · Product management · Reblog

Product Leadership – Lessons Learned Part II

Originally posted on Applied Product Management Leadership:
Continuing thoughts from the post 13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful. Today points 7-13, including multi-tasking & distractions, so a bit of levity first. Click here if you missed points 1-4. 7. Give Up Your Perfectionism – Nothing will ever be perfect, no matter how…