Requirements Are Not

I’m not the first person to come to this conclusion, but over the years, I’ve really come to dislike the entire concept of a “requirement.” I’ve learned that so many things that look like “requirements” really are just a perception, or assumption, or an illusion....

Top 10 Reasons for Slow Velocity

I work with quite a few product teams, and after a while you start to see patterns.  Many organizations are frustrated because they believe that it takes far too long to move from concept to delivery.  They often just blame the skills of their developers, which is...

A Trend of Global Proportions

I am writing this article sitting on yet another international flight, and I wanted to discuss what I believe to be the start of a truly transformational trend. I have always enjoyed working with teams internationally and especially in developing markets.  There is a...

Dedicated Product Teams

In my last article I talked about the importance of knocking down walls, especially the wall between product management and engineering.  In this article, I want to describe a technique that helps achieve this, along with several other significant benefits. While...

Principles of Product Portfolio Planning

Over the last several months I have been working with some clients to revisit how they do product portfolio planning.  Essentially the process they use to determine where to invest and how much.   I’ve discussed the purpose and the common frustrations with how product...

Lessons from Amazon

Several people pointed me to this great little talk by Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.  If you haven’t watched this yet you should.   I thought his talk did a great job highlighting a few key points that pertain to my current theme of product portfolio...

Your Business Plan is Wrong

In my last article on “Lessons From the VC Industry” I included some thoughts suggested by a VC friend of mine, Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital.  In his thoughts he shared with me he had another insight that I didn’t include because I thought it was so important...

Business Strategy vs. Product Strategy

In keeping with my recent theme of product planning, I’d like to focus in this article on an important distinction and source of frustration in many companies, and that has to do with the differences between business strategy and product strategy. Many companies...

The Seven Deadly Sins of Product Planning

Product planning is a big topic that many product organizations struggle with. It spans a range of activities including business strategy, product strategy, product roadmaps, portfolio management, opportunity assessments, project planning and tracking, and project...

What’s a Beta?

For years people have been arguing about what the real purpose of a “beta” is. I used to argue this point as well, but today the term is so ambiguous that we all just need to accept that the term can be used for many different purposes, and what’s important to you is...
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