It’s Usually Not a “Communications” Problem

When people aren’t sure what’s wrong, they often refer to it as a “communications problem.” But this is seldom the real problem. The next time someone lays a “communication” issue on you, try this: “That sounds interesting. Help me out. Describe specifically what you see happening and why it’s a problem.” This should get the […]

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Don’t Suck At Meetings

I’m usually not a fan of infographics. They’re overused and typically not that good. But this one from visual.ly regarding meetings was an unexpected find on Pinterest. I recommend checking it out for Product Management professionals. The take-aways for me were: Respect the value of attendees’ time – a single meeting can literally eat up […]

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Machiavelli and New Product Development

Niccolò  Machiavelli (1469 – 1527) was an Italian philosopher and writer. He is best known for his work The Prince. Most people think of this work as a political science or philosophical treatise. It’s also used in management training. But I’ve always thought that Machiavelli had a lot to say that’s relevant to start-ups, product management, new […]

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Avoiding Traps in New Product Development

Great post on The Software Maven that should help all product managers. A nice application of how to use the scientific method and some common logical fallacies to avoid. When you’re gathering data to validate your market or product, pay attention to the following: Confirmation Bias – “Are you asking questions to find the truth […]

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I Learned the Three Most Important Marketing Skills in Liberal Arts Classes, not in Business School

I was chatting with a co-worker about a Logic class she was taking. This brought back memories from my college days – I minored in Philosophy. It also led to the inevitable discussion about how one’s education applies to their profession. Many people assume that I acquired my Marketing expertise while earning my MBA. Likewise, […]

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