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Common PM Problem Areas

Recently I was at a dinner with several product leaders, and I was asked what the most common areas of confusion I encounter in product teams today? I thought it was a good question, and I described several situations, and judging from their response at least, these...

Empowered Product Teams

Note: This is the narrative article version of a talk I’ve started giving recently at conferences, product meetups and corporate leadership teams.  It is a long read, but I believe it’s a critically important topic, and it lays out for people many of the topics I will...

Product Discovery at Apple

Apple is probably the most secretive company I know.  Especially given that they’re the most valuable company in the world, it’s remarkable how little has been written about how they actually discover and develop the technology-powered products that fuel their...

A Better Way

Marty's Note: The following article was written by long-time SVPG Partner, Martina Lauchengco.  Martina is one of our industry's true thought leaders in marketing, product, and especially product marketing.  She is also the brains behind SVPG.  I have written about...

Chris Favorite Interview Question

Last year, my partner Marty Cagan wrote a blog post called My Favorite PM Interview Question which asks a candidate whether or not they believe the product manager is the CEO of the product. This question gives an interviewer great insight into the mindset and working...

Tools and Processes

In my last article, Revenge of the PMO, I shared my views on the product development process called SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework).  It was a bit of a departure from my normal areas of focus, and the article caused a considerable stir, with more than an order of...

Scaling Agile FAQ

Recently I published an article Revenge of the PMO that argues against a particular framework for agile at scale known as SAFe.  This was a bit unusual for me in that I normally don’t like to write much about process because the topic is so religious to so many...

Revenge of the PMO

UPDATE: I just want to make very clear that I am in no way affiliated with any of the various Agile organizations or alliances.  We receive nor provide any funds to any of them.  That is our firm policy at SVPG.  My thoughts below are purely in the spirit of helping...

Skateboards vs. Cars Revisited

Nearly a year ago, one of my all-time favorite Agile coaches, Henrik Kniberg, published an article that I believe does an excellent job at explaining how engineering teams can leverage the concept of an MVP and ensure they are getting the core value out of Agile...

CEO of the Product Revisited

The concept of the product manager as CEO of the Product has been one of the more controversial and polarizing topics in product, and most people are either strongly against this metaphor or strongly for it. In truth, I’ve been conflicted. I was first exposed to the...

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