The Product Manager and Networking

The Product Manager and Networking

A successful product manager is an avid networker. Every successful product is a direct result of a team or teams working together to develop and deliver the product. At IBM, I would network with development teams within other product brands to learn more about their...
Continuous Improvement and the Product Manager

Continuous Improvement and the Product Manager

“What happened and what are we going to do so it doesn’t happen again?” With a new development team and a new project manager, I seemed to always repeat myself. They would often come to me with the latest bug or issue that would need resolving. Delays would hit the...
The Most Important Person on the Project

The Most Important Person on the Project

As a product manager, it’s important to recognize the most important person on the project. When you notice and recognize him or her, they will put more effort into the product. The key point is that everyone on the project is the most important person on the project....
The PDCA of life

The PDCA of life

I recently attended a Scaled Agile Training as well as I have been listening to CD’s by Orrin Woodward. A common theme was this idea of PDCA. PDCA was made popular by Edward Demming.  His lean thinking has had a huge impact on the world. [amazon template=iframe...
5 tips to keeping balance as a product manager

5 tips to keeping balance as a product manager

Balance as a product manager Starting a job and establishing a reputation in a new company can be tiring. Keeping balance as a product manager was not a high priority when I started my new position. I have always tried to guard against burn out, but I also believe...
Stakeholder Management and The Product Manager

Stakeholder Management and The Product Manager

I was at a Product Manager meetup the other day and was asked the question how often do I get the executives together.  A young product manager looked somewhat confused when I said, “it depends”. Startups here in Silicon Valley can move so quickly sometimes daily is...