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The Best vs. The Rest

Both of the books INSPIRED and EMPOWERED were written to try to explain and encourage the best practices of the best product companies.  I have long argued that there is a remarkable gap between how the best companies work, and the rest. I have always straddled both...

Prototype of the Day

In earlier articles I have written about several of the challenges that work from home has created for product teams, especially as it relates to product discovery.  I have also written about some of the opportunities that this same work from home has created. One...

Deep Thinking

Now that the world is starting to see the rollout of vaccines, many of us are, at long last, looking towards seeing our friends and colleagues again. For nearly a year now, I have been coaching people and teams remotely, and very often coaching them specifically on...

Lead with Context not Control

There are so many good books available today that try to explain to company leaders the advantages of empowering your people. Some of my current favorites include: Leaders Eat Last, Startup Nation, The Art of Action, Turn the Ship Around, Extreme Ownership, Team of...

Behind Every Great Company

In my last article, Product Leadership Is Hard, I provided a high-level overview of what it takes to provide strong product leadership in a product organization built on empowered product teams. In this article, I’d like to share with you several examples of strong...

Product Leadership Is Hard

So many people I meet naively believe that the key to empowering product teams is simply to get the management to back off, stop micromanaging, and give their product teams some space to do their jobs. But as I’ve tried to explain many times, empowered product teams...

Inspired and Empowered

After a nearly two-year effort, I’m very happy to report that our new book EMPOWERED is finally available for pre-order (hardcover, digital or audio), and scheduled for release worldwide in early December. In this article, I wanted to explain the reason for the new...

Product Manager Job Description

One of the most common requests I’ve received over the years is to share a good job description for a product manager of an empowered product team.   And for about as long as I can remember, I’ve forwarded on the job description that Google uses.  It’s still a decent...

Discovery – Delivery

To continue with the series on common confusions regarding product discovery, in this article I want to tackle a very damaging anti-pattern that can sometimes arise where the product team essentially devolves into two different teams, where one team is doing product...

Discovery – Judgement

To continue with the series on common sources of confusion regarding product discovery, in this article I want to talk about the critical role of judgement in product discovery. This may in fact be the single most common confusion I encounter.  I think the source of...

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