Quora: What do MIT admissions interviewers look for?

My answer, originally published on Quora. Q: What do MIT admissions interviewers look for? My Answer I used to interview applicants to MIT, and the biggest things I looked for were: Deep intellectual curiosity and a passion for learning that goes far beyond the norm. This was best demonstrated by »

Cartoon: Product Roadmap Fail

A new, original cartoon for your enjoyment. Inspired by countless product roadmap presentations that I have slept through over the years. (TIP: Telling customers & prospects about features that are not for them or that they don't care about undermines their confidence in your product. They'll think you're not focused »

Quora: Is a product manager responsible for product documentation?

My answer, originally published on Quora. Q: Is a product manager responsible for product documentation? My Answer: Product managers are typically responsible for the "whole product" -- which means the product itself, documentation, packaging, pricing, positioning and sometimes also the promotion of those products. But being responsible for documentation does »

To James: You're becoming a very sweet boy

Dear James (age 3.5), You are a very sweet young boy, and I am so touched by how much well you care for others and help them when they need you. Over the weekend, you and Kian were playing in the sprinklers while I tried to test them out »

The day after the last day of 2nd grade (Kian)

Dear Kian, Thursday was the last day of 2nd grade for you, so we spent Friday together doing "special time." First, you played with James a little bit in the morning. Then we took him to daycare so he wouldn't miss "water play day."  You and I came home and »

Buzz Lightyear Returns

What a goober!  (James saw a photo of Kian at age 4 dressed up in this costume, and begged for me to look for it so he could dress up as Buzz Lightyear too....) »

Growing Pains (for Mom)

Today is the first day (that I remember, anyway) when I realized how grownup Kian already is at age 7.5.   I fondly remember when he was 4 or so, and we were so close: best buddies.  I could do no wrong in his eyes and I could not feel »

The Value of an MBA in Product Management

A question from a reader: Q: Is an MBA necessary to advance in Product Management to the Senior level, Director level, or beyond? Or can one compensate for the lack of a Masters with strong analytics and high-level strategy and presentation skills? A: I'm originally from Boston, a city known »