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...

Discovery – Problem vs. Solution

To continue with the series on common misunderstandings about product discovery, in this article I’d like to discuss a very fundamental confusion that exists with a remarkably large segment of the product community.  For some people, this is even an emotional issue as...

Discovery – Learning vs. Insights

I introduced the term product discovery about 15 years ago, and I’ve loved watching the industry gradually broaden its mind from the concept of someone – either an old-school business analyst or a product manager – defining requirements, to the concept of...

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...

More PM Problem Areas

Last month I published an article describing common areas of confusion I see product managers struggling with.  That article generated considerable discussion, and lead to some very good conversations.  It also made visible several other common problems, which I...

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...

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...

Product Discovery In Regulated Environments

Readers of this blog know the importance we place on vetting and refining product ideas through experimentation with real customers. This is called product discovery and every company has its unique circumstances and challenges with how to do it. We’ve already written...

Learning Fast vs. Failing Fast

By SVPG Partner Chris Jones At this point, nearly everyone in product at some point has heard phrases like “fail fast” or “embrace failure”. Though they are a bit tired, the intent of these phrases is still good: many product organizations are stuck in conservative...

The Four Big Risks

In the first edition of my book, INSPIRED, I discussed how successful products are valuable, usable and feasible, where I defined “feasible” as both technically feasible and business feasible. While it’s easy to remember these three attributes, over...