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How To Succeed As Product Manager In A Tech Company

Product Management and Technology Companies. My first thought is that the word technology seems so overused that it’s meaning has been blurred. When people use the term, they can mean anything from an…

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Perspectives on Product Management Job Satisfaction

I’ve been collecting data to find out if product managers are happy and engaged in their jobs.   I was motivated to do so because so many product managers say that they don’t have the proper resources…

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The True Price of Differentiation In Product Management

I have yet to talk to a company executive that doesn’t want their teams to produce more unique and differentiated products that meet customer needs. However, saying those words simply isn’t enough…

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: The Practice of Product Discontinuation

I recently remodeled my kitchen in my 15-year-old house.   As I began planning the project, friends and family would joke with me (or some, perhaps more) about my reason for wanting to do this.  Everything…

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How Can Product Managers Become More Effective? Get Into The Flow!

If you’ve ever felt an unexpected sense of pleasure while performing a simple task like crunching numbers or cooking a homemade meal, you’ve probably experienced what psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi refers…

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Why Good Product Managers Bring Bad Products To Market

A few years ago I was contacted by a product manager in crisis. His recently-released product was languishing, and he was racked with guilt. He told me that although he had put all of his efforts into…

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Improving Product Management Requires Senior Leader Involvement

A senior business leader (and a reader of The Product Manager’s Desk Reference) recently reached out to me. He said that it was time to engage Sequent Learning Networks to deliver a Product Management…

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What Product Managers Can Learn From “Think Like A Freak”

I have always been amazed by how deftly the TV series Mad Men dramatizes the tension between creativity and efficiency. A scene from a recent episode stuck with me for days. Let me set the stage for you:…

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In The Defense Of The Practice Of Business

Business managers have tough jobs. They’re constantly being called upon to make decisions without the right amount of data – or the best quality data. I can tell you that I’ve made plenty of mistakes…

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How Can Product Managers Become Productive? Be Mindful.

Reading about great inventors makes me nostalgic for a work environment that may have never existed. Take Albert Einstein. The man was a born and bred tinkerer.  As a boy he often visited his father’s…

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Product Managers, I Dare You To Dream!

At its core strategy should be straightforward and uncomplicated, yet product managers talk about it like it’s some amorphous, elusive thing.  So often, product managers will ask for help to improve…

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