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Disruptive business model: Lew Cirne, serial entrepreneur on the future of Enterprise Software

Lewis Cirne (@sweetlew) believes that enterprise software needs to change, and his latest venture, New Relic, has blazed a path to do just that.

What is the best class you ever took?

Dear readers: I would like your input here.

WWANPD (What would a normal person do?)

I was walking with my friend Michael last week in the Oakland hills, and he came out with the most hilarious question: What would a normal person do?

If you love something, set it free

I've been looking for some new exercise routines, and came across two very interesting techniques: the 5x5 "strong lift", and "Muscle Activation Technique" (MAT). These two both compete in a sea of different ideas for exercising ... it's a very...

Who cares about the soft stuff?

The longer I live, the more I internalize it: We succeed or fail to a large extent because of our ability to establish and sustain good relationships. Yes, you need a strategy and need to be smart enough, but PMs need to be leaders. If no one is...

Google Buzz Fail

Tom Grant has a great article today on Google Buzz: "You Do Not Understand Collaboration".

Tom sums up the mistaken approach thusly: "It worked for us inside the firewall, so we never thought it'd have a problem outside the firewall". Well put....

Shop Talk Q&A with Steve Johnson

PM guru Steve Johnson just posted his responses to the Red Canary Shop Talk Q&A. Great answers Steve! I love Steve's interview question: "What's your favorite MS Office app?" ... the answer will tell you a lot about where your applicant is focused,...

Michael Papanek on Resilient Relationships and Product Management

How much does your success rely on good relationships? And how good

are your relationships? In my experience,relationships can make or break a person, and I think that the quality of our relationships is overlooked when we consider the success...

"Shop Talk" Q&A with PM Leaders features Alan Armstrong

If you haven't yet checked out Red Canary, I encourage you to take a look. The site is produced by the executive search team at the Laudi Group, and features a regular hum of interesting news and opinions that have garnered significant...

Sessions I recommend at PCamp Silicon Valley

Hi everyone - Alan here. I've been fairly silent for quite a while, so I thank Saeed for his continued writing.

I hope to see as many of you as possible at this year's Product Camp Silicon Valley! There are so many interesting sessions, I thought...

Surprise us: Seeking examples of SURPRISING positioning statements

We write a lot here, and we hope that it helps you. Now I'm looking for your input. Can you help? If you do, I will feature you on our blog. But I need the responses within 1 day!

While you were out: Top GUEST posts of the summer

Seth Godin's reading list

Seth Godin posted a long list of interesting books he's been reading these days. Worth a look.

Here it is: Seth Godin's Book Roundup 09/09

By the way, if you don't already read Seth's blog, I highly recommend it. I subscribe by email. He offers...

VP Engineering has a mandate. You need one too.

Tonight I met up for dinner with Paul Melmon, an old friend who has been around the block more than a few times. He initially gained notoriety as CIO at pets.com, and has since cycled successfully through several startups in the SF bay area,...

Guest Post: To Kill a Product: Why, When and How, Part 2/3

Note: This is the 2nd of a 3 part series of articles by guest blogger Chris Brown. If you feel inspired to write a guest post of your own, click here to find out how to submit it to us.

Guest Post: To Kill a Product: Why, When and How, Part 1/3

Note: This is the 1st of a 3 part series of articles by guest blogger Chris Brown. If you feel inspired to write a guest post of your own, click here to find out how to submit it to us.

Tweet wars: The limits of debate in 140 chars. or less

Over the last day or so there has been quite a little debate about the importance of Domain Knowledge and Product Management Skills in #prodmgmt (most of you will recognize that as the twitter tag for the Product Management topic, folks. If not, ...

ProductCamp Austin was our Woodstock. Can we morph from Folkfest to Rock Spectacle?

Guest Post: There's no such thing as MEDIUM

NOTE: The following is a guest post by Tzvika Barenholz, a Product Manager living and working in Israel. If you feel inspired to write a guest post of your own, click here to find out how to submit it to us.

Screw the Sales Process. Study the Buying Process

We spend way too much time in our companies designing, measuring, and enabling, the Sales Process.

How you should handle being stood up

I'm typing this on my iPhone after just having been stood up for an appointment ... actually just a beer with a colleague. How does one handle such things? Is it a personal affront? Should I be upset? Hold it against the person? Or overly...

PCamp Austin: Please weigh in with questions and suggestions

Hi everyone: I will be attending and hopefully presenting at PCamp Austin this weekend, and I would love to get input from our readers about specific questions on the topics I have proposed.

Apple's unsolved usability problem: Deliberate choice or Mistaken persona? (UPDATED)

When you stare at this picture, is the design problem as obvious to you as it is to me?

Steve Johnson on Win/Loss, Ivan Chalif's Digest, and Alan's musings about the discipline of PM

Steve Johnson has probably taught 50,000 people how to do Win/Loss Analysis. Here are his views on Win/Loss Analysis. We couldn't agree more.

Games executives play: Guess what's in the envelope

Some of you will be too young to remember Johnny Carson playing Carnac the Magnificent. But I am guessing you've seen this game before. On the Carson show, Johnny would hold an envelope to his head, pretend to intuit a phrase, then open the...

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