Tagged with development

The most important trait of a product manager

The most important trait of a product manager

I recently came across a LinkedIn survey asking the  above question – what is the most important qualification for a product manager. Curiously, the answers were: Energy and Passion Visionary Demonstrate Leadership Multitasking Problem Solving Granted, all of the above are great qualities for any employee, especially a leader in a cross functional organization (like most product … Continue reading

Just do it – on agile vs. waterfall

Just do it – on agile vs. waterfall

Like many of my colleagues, I love the conceptual idea of agile software development – forgo with the ancient ways of a long release cycle and move forward with quick bursts, course-correcting when needed. The lure, for the feature greedy product manager, is immense: you quickly “see” results, and have higher transparency into the product development cycle. … Continue reading

When to takeoff with a new product

When to takeoff with a new product

This post is instigated by Adobe discontinuing mobile Flash. With this move, Adobe did one of the bravest, most difficult moves a company can do: venturing away from a safe market and into an uncharted future. It is also clear this move affects every one – it will dictate how video and all other rich … Continue reading

Form vs. function and silly features

Recently, my company launched a new service. Part of developing the service was a long process of crafting a UI which is usable and clearly understood. However, I insisted on one feature which provides no clear usability enhancement: a 3D carousel to select a virtual machine template from a list. A big hug goes out … Continue reading

Let your product manager in on the business decisions

You can empower your product team and eventually create better products. In many organizations, preparing the product roadmap involves feature-level discussions: a basket of features is presented, along with estimated costs for each, and a decision comprised of the main new features is reached. These types of discussions severely limit your product managements ability to … Continue reading