Best vs. Rest FAQ

In my last article I discussed the two different product worlds that I straddle, and I heard from quite a few people from each of the two camps, as well as several that shared that they’ve worked in both.  I thought it might be useful to share the most common...

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...

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...

Keys To Successful Transformation

By SVPG Partners Marty Cagan and Lea Hickman In the earlier article on Meaningful Transformation, we talked about the steps necessary to effectively transform, and in the following article on Transformation in Action, we gave an example of just what a transformed team...

New Employee Bootcamp

SVPG Partner Christian Idiodi has built a powerful reputation over the years for developing very strong product teams. In his past companies, he created his own new-employee bootcamp that is an excellent example of coaching ordinary people into extraordinary teams. I...

Advocating For Racial Equity

For those that haven’t yet met Christian, he joined as an SVPG Partner about a year ago.  He is one of the most effective and inspiring product leaders I have ever met, but even more than that, he’s one of the most exceptional human beings I know.  So many...

Transformation in Action

My last article on Meaningful Transformation got a very good response from people, and several people wrote to ask what product looks like in companies that have successfully transformed?  I decided to answer this by sharing one of my favorite chapters from my...

Meaningful Transformation

Now that more people have a clearer understanding of the differences between feature teams and empowered product teams, by far the most common question I get is how to move to true product teams? This is essentially a question of transformation.  Most companies have...

The Most Important Thing

During these work-from-home times, I’ve been doing a lot of video-based AMA’s (Ask Me Anything).  It gives me a break from my writing, and I enjoy the questions.  Every so often I get a question that really makes me think, and that happened recently, and is the...

The Role of Technology

I’ve been spending a good amount of time this past couple of years – and especially the past few weeks – thinking about the root causes of the chasm between the best product companies and the rest. Most of you know that my writing is intended to be very practical and...