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Product Manager ‘s Bingo

Are you a Product Manager who keeps falling asleep in meetings and seminars? What about those long and boring conference calls?

Here’s a way to change all of that.

1. Before (or during) your next meeting, seminar, or conference call, prepare yourself by drawing a square. (I find that 5″ x 5″ is a good size.)

2. Divide the square into columns and rows – five across and five down. That will give you 25 one-inch blocks.

3. Write one of the following words/phrases in each block:

* synergy
* strategic fit
* core competencies
* best practice
* bottom line
* revisit
* expeditious
* to tell you the truth (or “the truth is”)
* 24/7
* out of the loop
* benchmark
* value-added
* pro-active
* win-win
* think outside the box
* fast track
* result-driven
* empower (or empowerment)
* knowledge base
* at the end of the day
* touch base
* mind-set
* client focused
* paradigm
* game plan
* leverage
* outside the box
* follow up

4. Check off the appropriate block when you hear one of those words/phrases.

5. When you get five blocks horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, stand up and shout “BULLSHIT!”

Testimonials from product management “Bullshit Bingo” players:

“I had been in the meeting for only five minutes when I won.” – Adam, Atlanta

“My attention span at meetings has improved dramatically.”- David, Florida

“What a gas! Meetings will never be the same for me after my first win.” – Dan, New York City

“The atmosphere was tense in the last process meeting as 14 of us waited for the fifth box.” – Ben, Denver

“The speaker was stunned as eight of us screamed ‘BULLSHIT!’ for the third time in two hours.” – Mitch, Tampa

“When I won and yelled “BULLSHIT!” the woman sleeping next to me slid off her chair!” – Joseph, Los Angeles

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