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The Supermarket of Software

Consider your neighborhood supermarket. When you walk in, you see somewhere between 40,000 – 50,000 products. How do you decide which to buy? Do you buy products you already know? How often do you buy something you haven’t tried before or substitute a product with something new? In tech, we’re asking people to shop in... The post The Supermarket of...

Best vs. Rest Explained

In my last article, I shared with you some of the key learnings from The Lost Interview with Steve Jobs.  But there is so much gold in that 70 minute interview, that I wanted to highlight a different topic in this article. If you read much SVPG content, you know that we’re all about the... The post Best vs. Rest Explained appeared first on Silicon...

The Nature of Product

I spend so much of my time coaching, writing, and talking about how different it is to build products at strong product companies versus the rest. When a product person, or especially a product coach, has not yet had the good fortune to work on a strong product team at a strong product company, then... View Article The post The Nature of Product appeared...

Coaching vs. Mentoring

To continue on with the coaching series, one question that frequently comes up is the difference between coaching and mentoring?  Is there even a meaningful difference? I don’t know if there’s any definitive authority on these terms, but many years ago I was taught the Bill Campbell view on this question, and I have used... View Article The post Coaching...

Types of Product Coaching

When I announced the experimental Coach the Coaches session in London in May, I really didn’t know what level of interest to expect, but the demand has been remarkable and very encouraging.  I was worried we wouldn’t be able to fill up the room, and now I feel bad for all the people we won’t […] The post Types of Product Coaching appeared first on...

Introducing LOVED

Today we are officially announcing Martina Lauchengco’s new book LOVED: How To Rethink Marketing for Tech Products.  Below you’ll find the foreword I wrote for the book.   I’m also happy to announce that Martina has committed to donating 100% of her royalties to organizations supporting the advancement of women and underrepresented minorities in tech....

Coaching the Coaches

This is a special note.  It is intended for those people that have dedicated themselves to coaching, training and developing other product people, or may be considering making a career out of this type of work. Some of us have been fortunate to have met a truly gifted coach.  Someone that genuinely cares about you […] The post Coaching the Coaches...

Value and Viability

There’s an adage about product managers that goes, “When the product succeeds, it’s because everyone on the product team did what they needed to do; but when the product fails, it’s the product manager.” I am fairly certain that I first heard this from Ben Horowitz many years ago, but I’ve no idea if he […] The post Value and Viability appeared first...

Two in a Box PM

In my earlier article on the six different models of Product Ops I have found in practice, I mentioned that there were two overarching issues behind the most damaging models, and I promised to discuss each further. In my last article I talked about the tendency to think you can scale with process rather than […] The post Two in a Box PM appeared first...

Scaling with Process vs. People

In my last article I provided an overview of the six major models of Product Ops that I have encountered (thus far), and I shared my views on each.  But while I highlighted the models that I consider dangerous or harmful, I didn’t elaborate on the root cause of the harmful models. In this article […] The post Scaling with Process vs. People appeared...

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