I’m not a newbie. I’m not a millennial. Heck, I’m not even a Gen X-er or Y-er. I admit I had to go online to find the Top 15 Words and Phrases Millennials Use but No One Else Understands just to name this post. But I have the experience to do that. Look at the end result – you’re reading this. Continue reading “TBH, the struggle is real and I’m not on fleek”
Yes, this is serious. No, it’s not crazy. Pokemon Go is a phenom that is taking over the world, or so it seems, as it is dominating the news cycle with something that is not negative or horrifying. In fact, the majority of the news are highlighting stories about the health benefits children and teens are getting from the walking/running they are doing to capture the Pokemon.
Observe the kids around you playing Pokemon Go, step back, and it is easy to see how it can actually help Product people as well. Continue reading “Product & Pokemon Go”
Since product managers rarely have the needed direct authority to accomplish their goals, they must learn to influence without authority.
But given all of our responsibilities – writing use cases, prioritizing back logs, writing personas, talking with buyers, doing sales demos, etc. – wherever do we find the time to work on our own professional development? Some personal skills are critical to success. Influencing without authority is one. Another is tapping into your personal network – friends, family, former colleagues and random folks you met once at a trade show, conference or ProductCamp. Continue reading “The Strength of Weak Ties”
You’ve had one of those moments, right? We all have. You finally got the interview with the company you’ve been targeting for a great job opportunity. The job is everything you want…and more. You prepared, practiced and were ready for the meetings. Then the call came. And, the earth crashed. You couldn’t get your answers to sound as intelligent as you practiced. You weren’t crisp in the responses to highlight your achievements. In other words….you blew it. And, by the time you saw what was happening, it was too late to correct. It was a train wreck before your own eyes, featuring you, and you couldn’t stop it. Continue reading “Get Over It & Move On”
I lived in Minneapolis and each year I longed for that that magical moment in December. No, I am not talking about the holiday and the craziness. (It is especially prevalent when you live in a retail HQ town like Minneapolis.) Rather, I am a fan of British TV advertising; and in Minneapolis, the Walker Art Center would show the commercials over several nights of events each December. Continue reading “Make it Simple”