Product change happens with leadership not product

ghandiIt’s funny. You hear it all the time. A new leader comes into the product team. He (or she, don’t get too judgmental on me here) has great ideas and the experience to execute for success. He has the right people. And, the change expected, the desired turn, fails. The sales number are not meeting expectations. The product group is not launching products at a quantity or speed that the company expects. It’s all not working. Continue reading “Product change happens with leadership not product”

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”

You Can’t Get There Without Knowing Where There Is


I have not written much lately on this blog. But, I have been busy. As some long time readers will recall, last time I took a significant hiatus from writing on the blog, I was still, in fact, writing… but it was my Flat Stanley ebook. I am at it again. I have been talking about the need for product marketing road maps for over 4 years here  and here.

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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”