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Time to re-write your bio. It's not a history book.

I've been asked to speak at a number of really great events in the next few months, and they want a bio. I noticed that all of my professional bios are chronological, and dwell mostly on my experience in startups prior to founding Eigenworks in...

Before you apply, we want you to know who we are

We are about to hire a few social scientists. I'm really excited about this because it will help us scale something that it inherently difficult to scale. As such it's a bit of an experiment, but after doing win/loss analysis, churn analysis, and...

The Factory vs. The Lab: Leaders know which is which, and mistakes are costly

 

Worth repeating: What makes a relationship resilient?

BY ALAN ARMSTRONG

I spoke last week at a gathering of sales people, and we really dug in to the concept of power in relationships. Many of us feel power imbalances in relationships, but perhaps none more than a sales person.

10,000 Hours of Product Management

By Alan Armstrong

Please delete your first three slides (or move them)

By Alan Armstrong

Raise your hand if your standard pitch deck starts a bit like this:

"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.

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.

ProductCamp Toronto 2010 roundup

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

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.

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?

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...

Product Managers: Do the opposite!

If the product management surveys are to be believed, most product managers spend very little time doing the things we know that we should be doing, and instead spend all our time managing logistics, and doing detailed work in marketing,...

Obama / McCain debate: long on features, short on positioning

Like many of you I watched the US Presidential Debate on Tuesday night. The night before that I watched a re-run on YouTube of the first debate last month. What struck me more than anything was that neither candidate seemed to take the lead. It...

How different people handle change

As a Product Manager, you are required to deal with all parts of the company, from marketing to development to finance to operations to the executive team; you need to be able to work with all of them. Furthermore, you are often an agent of...

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