Top-Down Dates

In my last article, I discussed how we manage public commitments in an Agile, Dual-Track environment.  In that article I talked about those public commitments that are needed to run a business, such as when a customer can count on getting some capability, or when a...

Project-based Funding

If your company is one that still allocates product development funds based on approval of projects, then you still have the old “project-based funding model.”  This is mostly a situation in either large companies, or those that have an IT-style legacy, but the...

The VP Product Role

If you take a look at the list of open product positions at the end of my recent newsletter, you’ll notice a record number of VP/Director of Product positions.  In part this reflects the growth we are experiencing in our industry.  However, it also represents an...

The Rapid Response Team

Have you noticed how fast a team goes when they’re just getting started, but that once the product is live and there are customers and users, that the velocity of the team can slow down to a crawl?  It’s an all too common problem, and it causes frustration all the way...

Building High Performance Teams

This article was contributed by Marty Abbott. Professional sports teams know that having the right team to accomplish the job is critical to reaching their ultimate goal each season. Furthermore, they understand that the right team today might not be the right team...

Recruiting Product Managers

Probably the single most common question I get from CEO’s is where to find great product managers? I tell them that often they’re already in their organization, hiding under a different title – maybe a software engineer, designer, or an SE, just...

Lessons From Apple Part 2

Earlier I wrote about general lessons from Apple, but now that i’ve had my iPhone for a couple of weeks, I thought I’d talk about some of the lessons from this new product. I believe there’s much to learn (good and bad) from virtually every new...

The Product Council

Even in small companies, getting decisions made is often time-consuming and frustrating. Every product company needs a mechanism to get the key stakeholders and decision makers together to make timely and informed product decisions. My favorite way to ensure this is...

Microsoft’s Advantage

In my last posting I criticized Google’s culture including their hiring practices. In this issue, I’d like to talk about the company that I think does the best job in the industry at consistently hiring strong people. I’ve recruited, interviewed and hired literally...

How Does Your Manager Rate?

I’ve always been a big believer in the adage that employees join a company but they leave a manager. This applies to product managers as much as anyone. Our manager is a major factor in our job satisfaction. For those of us that are also managers, we need to always...