Innovation in Large Organizations

If you’re a product person in a large organization you’ve no doubt found that it can be difficult to be truly innovative. Sure, your organization talks about innovation, but just because you say you’re doing something doesn’t mean you’re actually doing it. There are a...

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The End of Year Product Retrospective

Is October too early to talk about end-of-the-year product retrospectives (aka post mortems)? It’s always good to do regular retrospectives and to do a truly beneficial one at the end of year you will need to prep. Take a look at these resources that explain...

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How world-class product organizations innovate

As a product person, you have a big influence over how your organization approaches innovation. But what if you don’t have that much experience introducing innovation into an organization? Just because you’re trying to be innovative does not mean you have to find a cutting...

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Out-Innovating Your Competition

What should drive your decisions about the problems you solve as a product person? Should you focus all of your attention on matching and beating your competitors? Should you forget your competitors and just focus on your customers?  Should you try and split the difference?...

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Instilling innovation within your organization

As a product manager, you can have a big influence on how your organization innovates. Just remember that with great power comes great responsibility. The way you approach innovation, who you involve in those innovation efforts, and what aspects you apply innovation to can have...

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Being a truly innovative Product Manager

On Guy’s Grocery Games chefs have to take innovative approaches to prepare meals as they tackle various cooking challenges. Guy Fieri fosters the chefs’ innovation by setting constraints in which they need to operate while still producing a tasty meal. There are, of course, more...

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Make the most of your product career

How do you make the most of your product career? You could ingratiate yourself to an all star product leader and ride their coattails to fame and fortune. You could spend every waking hour at the office and steal the occasional cat nap under your...

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The 10x Product Manager

Is having a 10x something always better? People talk about 10x engineers who can produce 10 times more software than an “average” engineer. Ken Norton described 10x product management where your organization takes moonshots to get "order of magnitude" growth. But…. 10x engineers can often...

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Challenge your assumptions

You may have heard that common saying regarding what happens to u and me when you assume. That saying has got it all wrong. In order to be effective as a product person, you have to make assumptions to start work on a product. What...

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