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The Full Stack Product Manager Reimagined

In my first tech job, my title was <i>Senior Product and Client Development Manager</i>. It was a mouthful of a title, and the responsibilities that came …

Product Management

The 10 best and worst Venn diagrams explaining product management

“What do I do all day? Let me draw you some circles”, said every product manager ever.<p>Product management has come a long way in the last decade. …

Product Management

Introducing the #productstack

Product Stack<p>ProductCraft proudly presents the Product Stack – a comprehensive visualization of the categories of tools and specific vendors that …

Rights & Freedoms

Product Management Reporting Lines Called Into Question

When he first read through the findings from the State of Product Leadership survey, Pendo’s chief product officer Brian Crofts slacked me a jab that …

Master the Art of Influence — Persuasion as a Skill and Habit

As a product leader at Google and Reddit, Tyler Odean uses persuasion as a tool in his everyday job. Here's what he's learned through experience and …

Framing

Do You Understand What Customers Want And Can You Build It?

<b>The ability to build what customers want is obviously a critically important task. In the image of this post, I roughly sketched out the intersection</b> …

Customers

Analysis Paralysis…Innovators Move Fast

<b>Refining your idea too much in the early stages of testing is a trap. Uncertainty and risk is at its maximum when you start out. You can’t reduce</b> …

Prototypes

What exactly is a design culture?

“Design culture” is a loaded term—often used, rarely understood. It seems like every company claims to embrace it, but few even understand what it is.<p>…

How to design a design team

The topic of design not only continues to evolve, but it’s become much more of a core concept in the business world. That means assembling your …

User research isn’t too expensive

It's not too time-consuming, either. The Signal design team shares their guerrilla approach to conducting user research on a tight budget.The post …

UX Design

Questions UX Designers Should Be Asking

<b>Designing is easier when you start with the answers.</b><p>The ability to ask meaningful questions is a fundamental yet often overlooked skill in the UX …

UX Design
Venture Capital

How To Build Invincible Companies

<b>It’s more important than ever for companies to focus on inventing the future. Companies have to start giving more power and prestige to growth</b> …

Innovation

“Problem” vs Solution In Customer Interviews

<b>Avoid testing the solution, before developing a good and evidence-based understanding of the customer “problem” first.</b> In a previous post, I pointed …

Framing

How To Systematically Reduce The Risk & Uncertainty Of New Ideas

<b>As an innovator & entrepreneur your #1 task is to reduce the risk and uncertainty of new business ideas before you invest big and scale. In this post</b> …

Innovation

Can (Lean) Innovation Ever Conquer The Board Room?

<b>I’m just back from the fabulous Lean Startup Week in San Francisco. I enjoyed being part of it, re-connecting with friends and innovators, and</b> …

Innovation

Death to the Minimum Viable Product! | Lean User Testing

I am declaring death to the Minimum Viable Product!<p>And I don’t do that lightly considering our advisory board consists of the father of the Lean …

Making “Freemium” Work

Over the past decade “freemium”—a combination of “free” and “premium”—has become the dominant business model among internet start-ups and smartphone app developers. Users get basic features at no cost and can access richer functionality for a subscription fee. If you’ve networked on LinkedIn, …

“Failure” Saves Your Company Money & Encourages The Pursuit Of Bold Ideas

<b>Companies traditionally see failure as a waste of money. This is the right perspective when you’re building a new factory or managing established</b> …

Business Strategy

Why Teams Are Terrified To Pitch Their Ideas The "Right Way"

<b>In many organizations leadership is used to judging ideas, and teams are used to making their (unproven) ideas look picture perfect. That is the</b> …

Public Speaking

Build an Innovation Engine in 90 Days

Practically every company innovates. But few do so in an orderly, reliable way. In far too many organizations, the big breakthroughs happen despite the company. Successful innovations typically follow invisible development paths and require acts of individual heroism or a heavy dose of serendipity. …

The Discipline of Business Experimentation

Soon after Ron Johnson left Apple to become the CEO of J.C. Penney, in 2011, his team implemented a bold plan that eliminated coupons and clearance racks, filled stores with branded boutiques, and used technology to eliminate cashiers, cash registers, and checkout counters. Yet just 17 months after …

The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure

"Great dreams aren't just visions," says Astro Teller, "They're visions coupled to strategies for making them real." The head of X (formerly Google …

APIs

Innovation Metrics vs Execution Metrics

<b>It’s a huge challenge for innovation teams to establish and implement innovation metrics in their organization. Why? Because they substantially</b> …

Innovation

The Corporate Innovation Ecosystem

<b>Check out this compelling visual that picks up on corporate innovation habits that we’re also seeing in the field.</b> I really enjoyed this visual on …

Innovation
Innovation

Boards: Innovation Is Your Responsibility Too

The challenge of leading innovation is bringing about a sea change in corporate governance. Boards, once the dependably cautious voices urging management to mitigate risk, are increasingly calling for breakthrough innovation in the scramble for competitive advantage. We see this shift playing out …

Innovation

Why GE’s Jeff Immelt Lost His Job: Disruption and Activist Investors

Jeff Immelt ran GE for 16 years. He radically transformed the company from a classic conglomerate that did everything to one that focused on its core industrial businesses. He sold off slower-growth, low-tech, and nonindustrial businesses — financial services, media, entertainment, plastics, and …

Investing

Forget The 10,000-Hour Rule; Edison, Bezos, & Zuckerberg Follow The 10,000-Experiment Rule

<b>Deliberate experimentation is more important than deliberate practice in a rapidly changing world.</b><p>Most people think that Edison invented the first …

Creativity

How To Create A Culture Of Innovation Beyond The Sticky Note

Corporate leaders often talk about creating a “culture of innovation” within their companies. When having these conversations, they often act as if organizational culture is some mythical creature that comes down from the mountain to greet the people. Most leaders are unaware of their power to …

Innovation