Product & Pokemon Go

Pokemon GOYes, 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”

The Strength of Weak Ties

weak tiesSince 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”

Get Over It & Move On

outsideinview.comYou’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”

Make it Simple

outsideinview.comI 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”

Product Camp Session: Putting Agile on Trial

outsidenview.comFor the upcoming Product Camp South Florida (June 8 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL,) I plan to propose a session. I need your help.

The session is (tentatively) titled “Agile vs. Product Management,” and the idea is to have a 45 minute courtroom scene. One side, an esteemed colleague (played by W. Alejandro Polanco) who has agreed, will argue that Agile is a benefit to the field of product management while the other side (played by me) will argue that Agile is killing product management.

First, we need to propose the session and it needs to be voted in. But, as we both prepare for the “trial,” we would love your feelings – from both sides. Please present your argument in the comments below. Who knows, you may be asked to call-in as an “expert” witness.


Have fun with this! We plan to!