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5 Roadmap Mistakes We Agile Teams Make

If your team lives by the Agile manifesto or principles of lean start-up, then this may be your mantra: Build the product; don’t fiddle with your plans for it. I’m surprised at how often people misinterpret this to mean that they must stop thinking and acting strategically. Your agile shop is configured to ship small…

One Path into Product Management

My first product gig was like Lyft, but for grounded aircraft engines. If a flying machine needed a spare part, then our solution helped locate the nearest optimal warehouse for it. That was a decade ago, when I kicked off my career with GE. At the time, product management hadn’t made it to the tech…

In Defense of Product Documentation

A version this article was published on General Assembly’s blog. A decade ago when I started my career in product management, most tech shops gave this role an ambiguous label like consultant or analyst. At the time, besides being a source of an existential crisis my job description had two other problems: I couldn’t explain it to my mother, and it involved authoring specifications – the kind that made its author and readers want to die! Now, most tech teams either include a product manager or are wondering if they need to. And while my mom still doesn’t get what…