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The Extinction of Bad Management
September 30, 2015
The Extinction of Bad Management

Bad management is on its way to exctinction. Read four reasons why bad managers are being forced out.

4 Roadmapping Secrets From Successful Product Managers
September 28, 2015
4 Roadmapping Secrets From Successful Product Managers

Product managers need a visual roadmap. Why? If you do not know where you are going, you cannot expect to get there — or build a great product while you are at it.

The Worst Job Offer You Can Accept
September 25, 2015
The Worst Job Offer You Can Accept

You just got the job offer you have been waiting for. A sense of relief floods over you that your long search may finally be over. No more uncertainty or sleepless…

When It's Time to Ignore Your Boss
September 22, 2015
When It's Time to Ignore Your Boss

I have a friend named Steve (name changed) who is a real high-achiever. He started a new job last spring as the Sr. Director of Product Management at a well-known…

The Product Manager Owns the Project Manager
September 21, 2015
The Product Manager Owns the Project Manager

Are the blurred lines between product manager and project manager roles causing confusion? Explore a solution by combining the roles.

"Revenue Insecurity" and the Freemium Death Spiral
September 15, 2015
"Revenue Insecurity" and the Freemium Death Spiral

A funny thing happens on the way to building a successful business. At a certain point you actually need customers who can pay you for the product or service that you…

How Fortune Rewards the Brave
September 8, 2015
How Fortune Rewards the Brave

We try not to repeat the same mistakes when bad things happen. And when I write “we” I mean you and me, the companies that we work for, and the institutions that govern…

How Successful Product Managers Avoid Burnout
September 1, 2015
How Successful Product Managers Avoid Burnout

I recently spoke with multiple former PMs who needed to take year long sabbaticals to get themselves back on track. They were tired. Their anxiety was running high. They…

4 Questions Entrepreneurs Ask Before Starting a Business
August 31, 2015
4 Questions Entrepreneurs Ask Before Starting a Business

Asking questions is a sign of a curious mind. Every entrepreneur worth his salt asks many questions before starting out, and keeps asking questions throughout his…

The Best Leaders Are Not "Born Leaders"
August 26, 2015
The Best Leaders Are Not "Born Leaders"

I have been a team captain for as long as I can remember. It started in my youth in athletics, carried over to student government, and continued on as I started working.…

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