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Product Roadmaps vs. Gantt Charts
August 7, 2020

Product Roadmaps vs. Gantt Charts

Gantt charts get a bad rap. Particularly among agile enthusiasts who think dates and dependencies stifle creativity and innovation. This might be true if your team was working in a very linear way — where each successive phase cannot be started until the last is finished. Even though most teams do not work this way today, I do get where the skepticism comes from.

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CIO vs. CTO
June 16, 2020

CIO vs. CTO

Chartreuse or lime. Can you tell the difference? These two shades of green-yellow look remarkably similar to the untrained eye. But look closer and you will see a world of subtle…

Business Roadmaps vs. Product Roadmaps
June 11, 2020

Business Roadmaps vs. Product Roadmaps

Roadmaps make strategy work. This is particularly true at the business level. Roadmaps are useful for visualizing the plan for how the organization as a whole will achieve the…

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…

Product Strategy vs. Go-to-Market Strategy
February 4, 2020

Product Strategy vs. Go-to-Market Strategy

Have you heard of cognitive dissonance theory? In psychology, it refers to the tension that results when you attempt to hold two contradictory ideas at the same time. We all…

The Product Manager vs. the CEO vs. the CTO
October 8, 2019

The Product Manager vs. the CEO vs. the CTO

Do you like tennis? If you like watching it live, you know that it is best to sit behind one of the players. Because if you are at mid-court, you may get dizzy snapping your head…

Product Strategy vs. Marketing Strategy
August 26, 2019

Product Strategy vs. Marketing Strategy

“But why?” You have probably heard this question countless times if you are a parent. Children have a seemingly insatiable curiosity to learn the reasons and causes for things.…

The Product Manager vs. the Product Marketing Manager
July 30, 2019

The Product Manager vs. the Product Marketing Manager

It is no secret that I have a special fondness for product managers and product marketing managers. I have written before about the enormous value that these folks bring to a company. I worked in both roles early in my career, so I know firsthand how instrumental the disciplines are to driving the growth of the business. Unfortunately, that hard work is often unappreciated or misunderstood — not just because both start with the word “product.”

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