2013

Is Agile Really Cheaper?

Tyner Blain

There are several ways to answer the question “is agile cheaper than waterfall?” ” Here are two of my favorites: “It depends. Agile done well is cheaper, as long as you measure correctly.” ” “You’re asking the wrong question.

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2013 Product Powers Hall of Fame & Shame

Product Powers

We're now accepting 10-second nominations for the 2013 Product Powers Hall of Fame and Shame. What is that, you ask? As before, the goal is to assemble the " top product triumphs and gaffes of the past year as nominated by you. "

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Becoming the best!

Product Manager in Heels

I came across an article that I think is valuable to share with all of the current and aspiring product managers out there. Frequently, I struggle with where to focus my day-to-day activities.

Get to the User Goal

Pragmatic Marketing

Agile developers want user stories; product managers want to bring back stories from the market about users. What we really need, however, is to understand user goals. User stories are one of the most misunderstood and misapplied artifacts when implementing Agile development. At first glance, they look like requirements—and it can be very easy for a team to sit in a room and crank out a bunch of them when under the gun to generate work for the next sprint.

ProductCamp Global Coordination

Product Beautiful

If you are a ProductCamp leader, or are thinking about starting a ProductCamp in your area, this post is for you. There is a problem with how ProductCamps are organized and run today: they are very tribal. Knowledge is passed on a one-to-one basis, or by physically traveling to another city to watch how that camp performs.

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Whole Product Game

Tyner Blain

How can Theodore Levitt’s classic Whole Product approach help with defining a product roadmap? I’ve been revisiting his concepts and their use recently, thinking about how to revise them for some exercises I’ve been doing with product teams. Whole Product Game Background.

How should product managers write requirements?

Product Manager in Heels

A requirement is a short statement of the problem. Everyone has different ways to write requirements.

Making the jump

Product Manager in Heels

Next May I'll officially be complete with my MBA from Babson College , which means it's time to start thinking about my next career move.

Setting Goals: Fall 2013

Product Manager in Heels

As summer wraps up (sad, I know) I can't help but think of some of the things I am hoping to accomplish over the next few months!

What matters most (to investors)?

Product Manager in Heels

Occasionally, we have guest speakers at Babson College, and sometimes we get a really good guest speaker! Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Scott Friend from Bain Capital Ventures. He was extremely sincere and provided very useful feedback about what matters most to investors, and how he evaluates the pitches he receives. When evaluating a company to invest in, Scott listed several things that he focuses on: TEAM TEAM TEAM TEAM (do you get the point?)

The 360 Review Process

Product Manager in Heels

Last week, I recommended everyone complete a 360 review. Here are few of the benefits for doing 360 reviews. For the individual: increased self-awareness, discovering blind spots, understanding strengths, and taking ownership and control of own development. For the organization: improved communication, more open culture, improved team working and mutual understanding, and improved leadership skills / capabilities.