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Eating Dog Food?

I’m not sure how many of you have heard the phrase, “we eat our own dog food,” but for several years at least, companies especially in Silicon Valley have used this phrase in order to impress their customers that their product is so good that they run their business...

Moving From Engineering To Product Management

In the last article I talked about the role of architects and engineers in the product discovery process. I explained that great products come from the collaboration of the product manager, user experience designer and architect/engineer. I often get approached by...

The Architect Role

The job of the product manager is first and foremost to discover a product that is valuable, usable and feasible. You’re wasting the rest of your team’s time, and your company’s money, if you can’t do this. But this doesn’t mean that you have to discover this product...

What Product Management Is Not

I find that many companies remain stuck in old, failed models of product management, and don’t always realize how important role definition is to building effective teams and successful products. In several articles I’ve tried to explain what the role of the product...

What’s in a Name? Less Than You Think.

No one coming to your website? Company image tired? Business plans changed? It's time for a rebrand! Or maybe not. Somehow "brand" became magic pixie dust to sprinkle on company problems and make them go away. But you can't create or fix a company with just a name,...

Product Management Models Part 2

In a recent article (The Best Product Management Model) I discussed the notion that there is no single best product management model, and that the most effective model for a given company depends on a wide range of factors. I received several comments from people...

Getting From Idea To Product

Contributed by Marty Abbott From the “C”-suite offices to the product manager’s desk, everyone seems to be frustrated with time to market as measured from the initial idea to the launch of the product. At one level, the frustration is understandable as nearly every...

Are You Technical Enough?

I’ve written earlier about how much domain experience is important for product managers (The Role of Domain Experience) and also the pros and cons of college hires versus hiring experience (Youth vs. Experience), but a question I often get is just how much...

The Best Product Management Model?

One question I get quite frequently is “Google is making boatloads of money, so how can we do product management like Google?” Or another common variant is “Apple creates fantastic products. How can we do product management like Apple?” You can understand why some...

Solutions Products vs. Solutions Marketing

Article by Martina Lauchengco and Marty Cagan We realize that most of our topics concern the development of Internet services, and mostly consumer internet services at that. But many product managers out there are working hard on other types of software products, such...

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