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The GPM Role

I’ve been working with several companies that are experiencing rapid growth, and there’s a role in these growth-stage product organizations that I find especially effective. The role is titled “Group Product Manager,” usually referred to as “GPM.”  The role has been...

Product Discovery: Pitfalls and Anti-Patterns

Article: Product Discovery: Pitfalls and Anti-Patterns By SVPG Partner Chris Jones SVPG works with lots of product teams from lots of different companies. Many of these teams believe they are already doing Product Discovery. A few are doing it quite well, but...

My Favorite PM Interview Question

I’m going to share here one of my favorite interview questions, even though that means I won’t really be able to use it anymore.  But I’ve got lots of others, and I think this is valuable for all product managers to consider where they stand on this, and why. One of...

Focus on Value

I have a little heuristic which I find useful.  If I see a particular issue going on in at least three companies at the same time, I figure it's a common and serious enough issue that it's worth writing about.  In truth, I've already written about this from several...

Beyond Lean and Agile

I have been working exclusively with technology product teams now for a full 35 years, and I’ve seen countless processes, methodologies and techniques come and go.   In large part that’s the nature of the beast.  People are always searching for a silver bullet, and...

From Managing Products To Managing Product Managers

NOTE: This article was written by SVPG partner Chris Jones. SVPG has written about the critical task of managing product managers and specifically on evaluating and developing strong product managers. In this article, I talk about the transition of a product manager...

Product Manager vs. Product Owner Revisited

Five years ago I wrote an article arguing that it is essential that the product manager is also the product owner.  My motivation, which I made no secret of, was that I was worried about this point because more than a few companies were using the relatively new role...

Omni-Channel Product

Have you ever received a text notification from your airline about a flight delay before the ground crew in the waiting area has the information? Have you been unclear on whether to call your bank’s web support or banking support line to answer a particular question?...

Planning Product Discovery

Much of product discovery work doesn't actually require a lot of planning. We need to come up with a solution to a particular problem, and often this is straight forward, and we can proceed quickly to delivery work.  But for certain efforts, this is decidedly not the...

Pilot Teams

NOTE: This article is by SVPG Partner Chris Jones. He specializes in helping organizations and teams transform to raise their game. This is the first in a series he's writing on this critical topic. This technique is fairly straight forward, but is one of the most...

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