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How to Get Roadmap Buy-in: Tell a Good Story

Numbers are great—when the black ones get bigger and the red ones get smaller, it’s always a good thing. And yeah, charts are awesome—arrows pointing up and to the right portend great things in the future, especially when they look …

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Yes, You DO Need to Do Post-Mortems

Introduction

One of the most important, and often most-overlooked, aspects of adopting a “little-a” agile culture lies in the application of continuous improvement practices.  By far the most important of these practices is looking back over past efforts so that we …

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How to Ace Competitive Analysis

Constantly comparing yourself to your peers might be silly when you’re in high school, but in the work world, it’s a different story. Keeping tabs on the competition in business isn’t a petty affair. Your company’s ability to know what …

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Why Product Managers Should Learn to Love Deadlines

Introduction

Product managers and deadlines have a complicated relationship for a wide variety of reasons.  We often hate them because of the constraints that they put on us, the pressure that they exert on our development teams, and the oversight (sometimes …

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Stop Building for the Sake of Building

More is better, right?

The more stuff your product can do, the more markets and personas you’re satisfying. The more capabilities you have, the fewer reasons for a prospect to say no. The more functionality, the longer people will spend …

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How to Pay Off Technical Debt Without Derailing Progress

There’s a dirty word in the software business, one that is spoken only in hushed tones, whispered in ears during lulls in activity, the thing-that-shall-not-be named: “Technical Debt”.  Every Product Manager deals with this, whether they are aware of it …

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Security and Product Management

As a 21st century product manager, there’s a pretty good chance your product suite includes something that is connected to the Internet. And unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few years, it’s become very apparent that …

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You Are Not the Customer…Even When You Are

Many product managers are faced with the challenge of building solutions for industries they have no hands-on experience with. Pilots and construction workers and doctors all need stuff, and it’s pretty likely you never flew a 747, operated a backhoe, …

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When to “Kill” Your Product

It’s a sad truth:  not every product lives forever.  As product managers, we eventually wind up being in charge of wrapping up a product that is no longer serving the needs of its customers, hopefully by putting something better in …

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Onboarding a Junior Product Manager

Product Management by Committee: A Recipe for Disaster

Introduction

It sounds like a really attractive proposition — let’s all get together and decide, as a team, where we want the product to go!  It’s a deceptively simple concept that nearly always results in the safest, least innovative path forward, …

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4 Data Pitfalls Product Managers Need to Watch Out For

Intuition, hunches, and gut feels have no place in the modern product manager’s data-savvy toolbox… right?

There’s no arguing that decision makers now have more information than ever to help them make those decisions, but that’s not always a good thing. …

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