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"One step at a time" can fail you

By Alan Armstrong

Jackie, a colleague for over 15 years, recently shared with me her mantra in times of confusion: "One step at a time". When things get overwhelming, Jackie tunes out the noise and just takes one step at a time.

Forethought or Afterthought? Use Design to Increase Differentiation

“Design” has the ability to differentiate your company and your product, yet few of you are investing in real design. If I were starting a software company, I would start there – with design first, then marketing. (Last year I interviewed a...

The new enterprise boom?

Investors have been down on enterprise software for the last few years, but lately there has been a resurgence of interest in the sector. As Tech Crunch put it, "many investors believe a new wave of more disruptive, more sophisticated cloud-based...

Check out LiteMind for a free eBook

I recently started reading LiteMind, and have been enjoying it very much. The focus of the site is personal development, productivity, freedom, and creativity ... all topics that product managers can benefit from.

Rules and Laws Product Managers Should Understand (part 2)

Continuing from Part 1, here are more Rules and Laws to help Product Managers in their jobs.

Rules and Laws Product Managers Should Understand (part 1)

First, let me say this post was inspired by a tweet from the CrankyPM asking the following question.

ProductCamp Toronto 2010 roundup

It's been about 10 days since we help ProductCamp Toronto Spring 2010.

Happy (belated) 3rd Birthday to us (yet again)!

3 years and 3 belated birthdays...

Construction work ahead...

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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.

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