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 »

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 »

Quora: Is there a market for fractional or part-time product management?

My answer, originally published on Quora. Q: Is there a market for fractional or part-time product management? Thesis: Early stage startups could use dedicated product managers, but often can't afford one or don't have the resources to support a full-time PM. From all the conversations I've had with early stage »

Quora: What are some must-read books for product managers?

My answer, originally published on Quora. My Answer The Must-Read Books for Product Managers For product managers working on business-to-business high tech products and early technologies, the following are absolute must-reads: Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers, by Geoffrey Moore. This book was pivotal in »

To Appliance or Not To Appliance

I’ve had a lot of conversations lately with product managers who are wrestling with the appliance question:   Should they create a software-only product, or should they deliver an integrated hardware-plus-software appliance that contains all the underlying hardware and software needed to run the product? It’s an important question »

Scrum THIS

Dear Release Manager, I appreciate that you're trying to do this Agile Scrum thing by the book. And that it isn't easy. Because before this Scrum tsunami came crashing down, you mainly tracked the progression of different release documents (Is the PRD done? Check. Is the Functional Spec done? Check. »