Have you ever stopped to think about what makes some products successful while others languish in obscurity? What made Orkut fail while Facebook took the world by storm? What made StackExchange such a tremendously popular forum when there are literally thousands of others who have attempted the same thing? As much as we Product Managers want to believe that there’s some magical formula of product/market fit, compelling MVP features, and user-centered design that is guaranteed to make our product a success, the simple fact of the matter is that there’s a lot of luck involved in whether or not our solutions “stick” in the market and whether or not our ideas lead to successful products.
There's a tool in the Scrum toolbelt that is so utterly critical to success yet so fundamentally misunderstood by far too many development teams, Scrum Masters, and Product Owners. I'm talking, of course, about the Sprint Retrospective. I've seen … [Continue reading]
One of the many challenges that Product Managers face in trying to move organizations toward a more agile approach to product development is that some stakeholders simply don't see the value in the shift. They believe that, since their way has … [Continue reading]
A couple years ago I ran across a blog post by Paul Jackson where he mentioned in passing the idea of a tension between "default ship" cultures in relation to corporations versus startups. For some reason, those two ends of a spectrum have stuck … [Continue reading]
Let's face it, technical debt is something that every Product Manager has to deal with on a constant basis -- whether it's making snap decisions that unblock your team so that they can keep working, short-cutting an ideal architectural solution … [Continue reading]
In many organizations, conflict is part and parcel of the culture -- some conflict can be constructive, some destructive, but most of it can just be downright annoying. And, because we often sit right in the middle of all of the random agendas, … [Continue reading]
This post comes courtesy of a direct request from one of my supporters over at Patreon, who asked me if I could give them a 10,000 foot-level overview of the Product Lifecycle from ideation to delivery. While nothing here should be terribly … [Continue reading]