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Product Leader – Your Comfort Zone Kills Innovation

Being a Product Leader Tasked with Disruptive Innovation In the 2006 article “Inhibitors of disruptive innovation capability: a conceptual model” author Marnix Assink found several ways in which large companies inhibit disruptive innovation, including: the inability to unlearn obsolete mental models clinging to a successful dominant design or business concept a risk‐averse corporate climate innovation process mismanagement lack of adequate follow‐through As a product leader you sit at the hub of all of these issues Whether you create the issues…[continue reading]

Product Manager Burnout

Coping with Product Manager Burnout

Vision Built on Uncertainty When I started my career as a young programmer I was tasked with bug fixing as a way to learn the code base….I hated it. It wasn’t challenging enough for me. Now, several decades later as a Product Manager there are times I miss those days. Not for the nostalgia, but for the certainty. Certainty of the problem, certainty of the priority, and certainty of the resolution. I could actually run tests to see immediately if…[continue reading]

Product Manager Certification

Product Manager Certification: What, Why, How

Advancing your career by earning a Product Manager Certification can be a highly-effective strategy. This article discusses the benefits of certification and what you can expect to gain by becoming certified. It also discusses the options that are available so that get you the most benefit for the time and money you invest. What is a Product Manager Certification? According to Merriam Webster, certification is defined as “official approval to do something professionally or legally.“ Extending this definition, we can…[continue reading]

Product Leadership

Elevate Your Product Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence

The Product Leadership Challenge Product Managers have a most distinct leadership challenge: standing at the hub of a multitude of departments and bringing together people with disparate goals and skills, you have all the responsibility for creating a successful whole product yet you have little formal authority to direct the actions of others. Therefore, successful product management requires highly effective leadership. When leadership is stripped of authority we discover the key element for being able to lead others comes down…[continue reading]

Product Manager Skills

Product Manager Skills: Maximizing Influence Through People Skills

Product Manager Skills: Isn’t Being the Expert Enough? You’re the expert in your product, your market, your customers and your competitors. Yet, despite your expertise you find yourself struggling with internal stakeholders about schedules, feature prioritization, design, pricing, messaging, or product strategy. While some of this struggle is natural – you work with smart, opinionated people who hold a piece of the puzzle, it is also incredibly frustrating. What was the point of all your product manager skills and effort…[continue reading]

Tesla's Engineering Culture

Is Tesla’s Engineering Culture Alienating Its Customers?

Recent Trouble Tesla Motors is receiving a lot of attention in the news these days for accidents and even a death related to its autopilot feature that released in beta last October. Tesla’s response to customers who have crashed their cars in autopilot has been measured, objective, and data focused. History has shown this may be the exact WRONG way to respond. In a July 6 Wall Street Journal article, Mike Spector, Jack Nicas, and Mike Ramsey reported on Arianna…[continue reading]

better requirements management

4 Solutions for Better Requirements Management

A senior product manager recently asked me how he could better manage all of the requirements customers and his colleagues were throwing at him. His product was sold through different channels to different customers and he had multiple sales teams to please. He was struggling to prioritize what was on his roadmap while being as agile as he could. This conversation stands out in my memory because he was able to very clearly articulate the challenge. Being a product leader…[continue reading]