The Product Bistro

Upping the Game

The Product Bistro

Since I have returned to the fold of playing guitar, I have assembled a collection of stomp boxes, as I have worked to define my own sound.

A Little Schadenfreude - Family Edition

The Product Bistro

My brother expects to be able to cash out and retire in the next 18 months. He has gone so far as to tell his boss at work to not grant him RSU’s this year, and instead to maximize his cash equivalents (RSU’s vest over 4 years).

Insiders

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

New Toy: Nintendo Switch OLED

The Product Bistro

I needed a little retail therapy and I last had a portable gaming console with the original Sony PSP, and I have been jonesing for some on the go gaming action. I have had my eye on the Nintendo Switch for a while.

Oops, I did it Again (New Pedal)

The Product Bistro

I guess you can just call me a Catalinbread fanboy. I discovered their effects pedals on a lark, and I have become a huge fan. Earlier this year, they released a phaser pedal they call "Many Worlds", and while I was tempted, I just didn't have $200 burning a hole in my pocket.

195
195

The Convergence of Product Analytics & Customer Outcomes During Uncertain Times

Speaker: John Mansour - University President Product Management University

In this webinar, we’ll discuss a true outside-in approach for becoming product-led and how it can help you drive growth, even in uncertain economic times.

Analytics - Google Free

The Product Bistro

As I drift further from Google properties, trying to rid myself of as much of their tentacles of control across the web, I made the decision to delete the Google Analytics tracking in my web properties.

Three Months with the Asus TUF 32" Display

The Product Bistro

When the bonus dropped this year, I needed a new monitor, and I wanted somthing a little bigger than the 27" 2K display I had for my gaming system. The Asus TUF Gaming 32" 1440p curved display was the purchase.

Vision 195

That was fun - NOT!

The Product Bistro

Friday morning I awoke to a fraud alert. Apparently suspicious activity on my debit card, and the question was did I charge $165.19 to Walmart.com at 5:04 AM. Uh, no, I didn't make that charge, and the quick response to the SMS shutdown my card.

Something Wonderful - GPU

The Product Bistro

I had heard that the return to earth of some computer component's price was happening, but I hadn't thought much about it. Particularly the price of the most advanced GPUs. Damn crypto-miners were buying them by the pallet and leaving us regular folks to the scalpers.

195
195

Cheap Sandals

The Product Bistro

It is approaching summer, and in the mornings I prefer to walk my dog with sandals. In the past, I have been a huge Birkenstock fan. They are wide (and since I have 11.5 EEE feet that is good) with great arch support, and they are just super comfortable.

Blog 195

7 Winning Lead Generation Strategies to Drive Growth

As B2B companies pivot to keep pace with a quickly changing marketplace, a data-centric approach to lead generation can be the difference between remaining competitive or being left behind. Get real-world examples and inspiration from leading B2B businesses in this whitepaper.

MotoGP vs. Top Fueled Dragster

The Product Bistro

You are riding the average $250,000 Honda MotoGP bike. Over a mile up the road, a Top Fuel dragster is staged and ready to launch down a quarter mile strip as you pass. You have the advantage of a flying start.

The First Prog Rock Album I Bought

The Product Bistro

In the mid to late 1970's I began to listen to local rock radio stations. One of the huge benefits of growing up in the south Bay Area was that we had to iconic rock stations, KOME and KSJO that just played kick-ass music.

Naming 195

New Computer time

The Product Bistro

No, not for me, but for my better half. She has been using a 2015 vintage iMac, 24” screen, Intel core i7, 8G ram, and (for the time) a whopping 1TB “fusion” drive.

Subscription Crates

The Product Bistro

I get barraged with offers for subscription boxes. Dog toys/treats. Japanese unique candy. Men’s accessories. And many more. It is pretty easy to ignore. The idea is that the purveyor selects a collection of items.

195
195

Better Learning, Better Results: A Guide for Product and Project Leaders

Continuous improvement is the differentiator that can drive your team to the next level. Download our 4-step guide to collaborative learning and position your team for success.

Great Weekend

The Product Bistro

This weekend I had one task that I wanted to accomplish. That was to move to Ghost version 5.0 on the properties that I host it on. Based on past experience, I anticipated it to stretch to multiple days. I was surprised. Friday afternoon I started, and by dinner time, I was done. Well, mostly.

Books 195

Ghost 5.0 - some brief notes

The Product Bistro

About a week ago, I went to update my three properties that are self hosted on Ghost, and I learnt that version 5 had been released.

Car service and observations

The Product Bistro

In late 2019, I traded in my Honda S2000 for an Acura RDX. I had realized that while I loved the S2000, I had become too old to comfortably pretzel myself into the driver's seat.

Leaving San Diego

The Product Bistro

It is Tuesday Morning, May 3rd, and I am up early, as is the custom. Alas, the bed in the guest bedroom here is cruel and inhuman, and makes the sleep period a trial. Last night, the memorial service happened, and it was … wonderful.

Blog 195

Feedback Management: A PM's Key for Continuous and Impactful Product Growth

Speaker: Hannah Chaplin - Product Marketing Principal at Pendo & Steve Cheshire - Product Manager at Pendo

Join Hannah Chaplin and Steve Cheshire as they discuss how you can utilize customer feedback to help your business stay competitive in an increasingly challenging global market.

One last trip to San Diego

The Product Bistro

Regular readers will recall that my father had been in the deadly grasp of Alzheimer’s for the last several years. I have been dutifully making the trek to visit two or three times a year to see the husk of what he once was be ravished by this heinous disease.

Speaking of G.A.S. …

The Product Bistro

I am getting a jonesing for some new gear. My Prog rock journey began in the 1970’s with my discovery of ELP, and Keith Emerson’s wild keyboard pieces. A big part of his sound with ELP was his mastery of the Moog synthesizer.

195
195

Rick and Morty Season 5

The Product Bistro

I was late to the Rick and Morty party, but once I discovered it, I was an instant huge fan. It really is my sort of thing. I was somewhat "meh" on season 4, so I was expecting Season 5 to be similar. And indeed, that is what I thought when I watched the recordings I caught on my Tivo.

Blog 195

The Benefit of a Deep Dive - Music

The Product Bistro

The last decade or so more and more of my music listening has been done via streaming. Once Spotify became available in the US, I drifted away from the curated collection of music in my library.

195
195

Omnichannel is Multichannel 2.0

Multichannel and omnichannel marketing are not the same. Many organizations are striving for omnichannel, but it can be a daunting journey—unless you have a map. Download your copy of the ultimate omnichannel guide today!

Succumbing to G.A.S.

The Product Bistro

Gear Acquisition Syndrome. It is a terminal condition, and afflicts primarily musicians, but other hobbies have similar diseases. Symptoms include visiting music stores, pawn shops, browsing eBay, Reverb, and Sweetwater, constantly looking for new goodies to add to the collection.

195
195

More Quake goodness

The Product Bistro

I "bought" the 25th anniversary re-release of Quake. You know, the game that truly kicked off the 3D shooter genre. It played very well on my Xbox One, and it plays better on my PC.

195
195

Music Appreciation: Michael Schenker

The Product Bistro

I was interested in music at a young age. My father built his HiFi system from a Heathkit, and I am pretty sure my fascination with Progressive Rock was kindled by hearing Emerson, Lake and Palmer on the radio (Karn Evil 9, 1st impression, part 2 was frequently aired).

195
195

It is a lie…

The Product Bistro

When I worked at OpenText, the company would send you a gift for your birthday. A nice touch, and the only place I ever worked that did. What did they send you?

Scaling Agile With Collaborative Learning

Speaker: Yuval Yeret, Enterprise Agile Coach, AgileSparks; Aryeh Sivan, Senior Director of Engineering, Akamai Technologies; and Yuval Zach, VP Customers, Shamaym

Continuous learning is a new addition to the Scaled Agile Framework. Join us for a panel discussion with Akamai, AgileSparks, and Shamaym sharing successful strategies for scaling Agile and practical takeaways for your team.

Music Collection

The Product Bistro

20+ years of ripping and collecting music on my computer(s) has led to a few hundred gigabytes of music files.

Naming 195

Unbelievable - Computer purchase

The Product Bistro

A few months ago, I needed to do some maintenance on my wife’s computer. It is a 2015 vintage iMac 24” that was pretty high end at the time. Core i7, max memory available at the time and a 1TB drive.

Marillion - the band

The Product Bistro

At an early age, I became fascinated with what was to become "Progressive Rock" I think it was because I heard ELP's Karn Evil 9 First Impression pt.

Naming 195

Getting Old - Guitar edition

The Product Bistro

The Pandemic, and the new "work from home" I picked up the guitar again in a big way. And I have come a long way in getting back to my old level of proficiency. I will admit that it feels damn good to just riff and jam. The speed is coming back. And, dare I say it, my ear is better than it ever was. Grooving, chunky chord progressions, and solid lead lines are back in the repertoire. Part of the way to get there is a lot of exercises, scales, and arpeggios.

150
150

Power of the Platform: A PM's Path to a Winning Product Experience

Speaker: Marcus Andrews - Director of Product Marketing & Keren Wexler - Sr. Director of Product

In this webinar, Marcus Andrews and Keren Wexler will explain common challenges faced by product teams, how to use analytics to create better product launches, platform adoption, and how to add feedback into your workflows!

Mind F**k: Severance

The Product Bistro

A lot of people have told me I need to watch the Apple TV+ show, Severance. I avoided it for a long time, but finally I fired it up over the weekend. Holy f **g s**t, this is an INSANE show. The premise is simple. You are working for a company where you have a device implanted in your brain that spatially separates your work and home persona. I haven’t binged the whole thing yet, just the first couple of episodes, and I am both hooked, and horrified.

150
150

Thankful for Product Management

The Product Bistro

I am taking a week off of work to help with some issues with my aging father, and have a fairly slack day. Since it ’tis the season to send thanks, I thought I would indulge in a - for me - rare reflection of things I am thankful for professionally.

The power of "I don't know"

The Product Bistro

In our product team, I have a reputation of being the sponge of institutional knowledge, the person that everyone asks when they need to know something. I am not sure how I got that reputation, but it just ain't true.

Events 195

Big Changes at the Product Bistro!

The Product Bistro

The Product Bistro is undergoing a massive evolution. It started during a 6 month hiatus in employment, where I took some time to reflect on my career, and to make a run at freelance or piecemeal work.

Put Your Data to Work: The Complete Playbook

Turn your data into a competitive advantage. This playbook contains: Exclusive stats, research & insights on how the pandemic affected businesses. A comprehensive “Request For Proposal” (RFP) checklist and an interactive quiz to test your data knowledge.