Discovery vs. Design

One nomenclature clarification before we dive into this:  Normally in my writing I try to be consistent and say that when I reference “design” I am speaking specifically about user experience design.  However, for this particular article, when I say design I mean both...

The MBA Pathology

In my last article I highlighted one of the major pathologies leading to weak product managers and weak products.  While the CSPO pathology is large and growing, it is relatively new compared to the MBA pathology. I have not written as much about the MBA pathology. ...

The CSPO Pathology

Fair warning that this and the next article will be a tough read.  It was a tough one to write, and I expect for many of you, it will be a tough one to read.  But in my view, we as an industry are suffering from a pandemic, but unlike COVID, there is no vaccine for...

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...

Product Management – Start Here

There has never been more interest in becoming a product manager.  There has also never been so many strong and helpful voices that can help these aspiring product managers (at the end of this article I’ll share several of my favorites). However, there has also never...

Empowered Engineers FAQ

In my last article I spoke about the concept of an empowered engineer, which I consider the single most important concept for companies that want to move from feature teams to product teams. Overall my sense was that most people understood the points, and many told me...

Working From Home

Certainly there are disadvantages to being physically separated from your colleagues, and those are well known, but in this article, I’d like to focus on the potential advantages of working from home (WFH), and encourage you to make the most of this situation. Most...

The Coaching Series

Article: The Coaching Series Over a year ago I published an article on Empowered Product Teams that described the main focus of my work for the next couple years. As many of you know, most articles I write begin their life as a hope-to-be chapter in a future book.  I...

Coaching – Ethics

In this final article on the series on coaching, I’d like to discuss one of the most sensitive, yet potentially most important topics, and that is the subject of ethics. As readers of these articles know, the four big risks that every product team needs to consider...

Coaching – Happiness

This article may seem an odd topic.  You may be thinking that it’s not the manager’s job to be responsible for her team’s happiness. However, pretty much anyone that’s worked in tech for any amount of time knows that a manager can easily be responsible for a product...