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Inside SVPG

This article is a bit different because I want to provide some insight into how SVPG works, and why we have chosen to set up the way we have.  I also have some pretty significant news which I’ll share as well, once I’ve provided some context. For those that don’t...

The Coaching Mindset

Over the past months, SVPG has published several articles on coaching product managers. Many of these have focused on how to cultivate the right PM mindset: things like customer-centricity, true collaboration, and thinking like an owner rather than an employee, to...

Coaching – Customer-Centricity

In this article I want to continue with the series on coaching, this time to help develop the critical trait of customer-centricity in the product manager. If you ask a CEO or a product manager if they care about their customers, you’ll usually get some sort of...

Coaching – Imposter Syndrome

I have a bit of a contrarian opinion on Imposter Syndrome. First, let me be clear that I believe Imposter Syndrome is a real thing.  In fact, I think most mentally healthy people (at least those that aren’t egomaniacs) doubt themselves and can feel insecure about...

What is a Product?

I promise this will not be one of those navel-gazing exercises.  This is going to be a very pragmatic article about a critical and fundamental topic. One of the consequences of the popularity of the earlier article on empowered product teams is that it uncovered...

Product Team FAQ

Every so often one of my articles seems to strike a chord, and this latest one on the difference between Product Teams and Feature Teams certainly seemed to do that.  I am grateful for the very positive response.  This morning I woke up to well over a hundred people...

Product vs. Feature Teams

This article is certain to upset many people. I’m sorry for that, but the degree of ongoing noise and confusion surrounding the role of product at tech companies is only getting worse.  Moreover, I see the issues and problematic behaviors getting institutionalized in...

Coaching – Collaboration

In this article, I continue the series on coaching product managers by talking about another critically important skill that is so often misunderstood or under-appreciated, and that is collaboration. Collaboration is one of those words that is used so often in so many...

Coaching – Thinking

So far in this series on coaching, I’ve described a tool for assessing a current or prospective product manager, and then provided detailed examples of how to craft a plan to help the product manager first reach competence, and then to reach her potential. We’ve...

Coaching – Managing Time

I’ve long said that to get the critically important work of a product manager done, you need on the order of four solid hours a day. To be clear, I’m not talking about e-mail or slack or meetings.  I mean quality time working on coming up with solutions to the...

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