April, 2007

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Product Management and Value Chain Analysis

All About Product Management

Product managers who analyse the value chain aid in increasing their company’s profitability and therefore return on investment (ROI). Michael Porter’s value chain analysis is usually applied to the processes that would occur in a typical manufacturing company. Porter views a company as a system, made up of subsystems each with inputs, transformation processes and outputs.

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What direct reports and co-workers expect from a Lead Product Manager

All About Product Management

In this article I give my take on Larry Bossidy’s article “What Your Leaders Expects of You” published in April’s Harvard Business Review and “.What is Expected from Product Managers.” Where I report what senior managers expected from me as their Product Manager. Identify what your line manager, MD, and other senior stakeholders expect from their Product Manager is only half of the story.

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How Agile is Your Product Management?

All About Product Management

Comparisons have been drawn between Prince 2 Project Managers and ScrumMasters. Much has been written about agile software development Vs waterfall with a focus on the developers and testers who actually carry out the technical work. However this blog posting focuses on agile management and in particular ‘Agile Product Management’. Product Management by its very nature calls for agility.

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Business Sense + Technical Sense = Common Sense

All About Product Management

Common sense = ROI (Return on investment). Getting the right balance between technological innovation and business acumen is critical for successful product development. I worked for a company that designed and manufactured niche cutting edge products for the video and film industries. The company was principally engineering led, therefore there was always the temptation to spend a significant amount of time and resources producing products and or product features that would improve the quality

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From Developer Experience to Product Experience: How a Shared Focus Fuels Product Success

Speaker: Anne Steiner and David Laribee

As a concept, Developer Experience (DX) has gained significant attention in the tech industry. It emphasizes engineers’ efficiency and satisfaction during the product development process. As product managers, we need to understand how a good DX can contribute not only to the well-being of our development teams but also to the broader objectives of product success and customer satisfaction.