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The New Chief Hope Officer
June 30, 2020

The New Chief Hope Officer

"What do we get paid for?" I was asked to speak to a group of product leaders recently at a major private equity firm. And this is how I opened up the presentation — with a big-picture question about what it is product managers do. If you look back at what I have written on the Aha! blog and in my book, Lovability, the answer seems easy.

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The Product Manager vs. the IT Manager
June 2, 2020

The Product Manager vs. the IT Manager

What comes to mind when you think of IT? A few years ago, you might say the person or department you call when your computer is not working or the internet is down. But today that…

Project vs. Program vs. Portfolio Manager
May 5, 2020

Project vs. Program vs. Portfolio Manager

Projects belong to programs as programs belong to portfolios. Sounds like a word problem from a school assignment to me. You might not think it is necessary to discern the…

How to Ask for What You Need to Be Successful
April 21, 2020

How to Ask for What You Need to Be Successful

“I need help.” Showing vulnerability can be scary. You might worry that you are seen as weak or that others may exploit your openness for their own gain. This is understandable,…

What Does a Program Manager Do, Anyway?
April 7, 2020

What Does a Program Manager Do, Anyway?

Program manager vs. project manager. I recently wrote a blog post describing these roles. Several folks took the time to thank me for digging into the differences between the two.…

Product vs. Program vs. Project Management
March 26, 2020

Product vs. Program vs. Project Management

What does “discipline” mean to you? I bet a few words come to mind — self-control, punishment, or a system of rules. You might also conjure a field of study or branch of knowledge.…

6 Commonly Confused Product and Project Management Titles
February 25, 2020

6 Commonly Confused Product and Project Management Titles

Mad Libs was invented in 1953. I bet you played this fill-in-the-blank game as a kid — maybe on a long car trip. And even though the concept is more than 60 years old, hearing someone read off a wacky story with random words stuffed into sentences still elicits a laugh. But there is an important truth here. Just because a word fits a category (such as an adjective or noun) does not mean that it will hold meaning if used incorrectly or out of context.

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