The Problem We Solve is the Question We Ask

Just before 2017 came to an end, a Google Internet connectivity balloon crashed in Kenya and landed in a farm. As the article states, it caused a little panic. Fortunately, there was no damage to life or property. Most of us are familiar with what Google has been doing with balloons, but this prompted digging … Continue reading The Problem We Solve is the Question We Ask

Looking Back to Look Forward in 2018

The year is winding down. Perhaps you have a crackling fireplace going. Perhaps there is a beautifully decorated tree in the corner with boxes of gifts around it, all waiting to be opened. As you sip or swill that eggnog, or your favorite beverage, it's as good a time as any to ask - So...what … Continue reading Looking Back to Look Forward in 2018

What IS Product Management, really?

First things first - no, this is not a clickbait headline. But if you are surprised why this question is even being asked in the first place, let me address that. We have had product management in the industry for a long time now. Proctor & Gamble pioneered the concepts of brand management and market research … Continue reading What IS Product Management, really?

5 Critical Checkpoints on the Product Roadmap

On any road, there are the usual sign markers showing useful information, locations for services, and sometimes, checkpoints set up by law enforcement authorities. These checkpoints are intended to ensure compliance, e.g., sobriety, seat belts, or in other situations to reroute traffic due to hazardous conditions ahead, e.g., rock slides, excessive flooding and snow, and … Continue reading 5 Critical Checkpoints on the Product Roadmap

What Makes Bengaluru the Silicon Valley of India?

This weekend Institute of Product Leadership inaugurated the newest cohort (3rd with CMR University and 5th overall) of our Executive MBA in Product Leadership program that is offered in collaboration with universities. CMR University is one of the host universities for the program. The inauguration ceremony was chaired by Honorable Vice Chancellor of CMR University, Dr. Joshi, with … Continue reading What Makes Bengaluru the Silicon Valley of India?

You Just Completed a Workshop…What Next?

Congratulations! You just completed a workshop. Hopefully it was not death by powerpoint, and the instructor made sure you were not just sitting in a chair all day, made sure you stayed engaged, asked you questions and answered yours with some real-life examples. Now, armed with this newfound knowledge and way of thinking, you are … Continue reading You Just Completed a Workshop…What Next?

What Distinguishes the Top 1% Product Managers from the Top 10%?

I came across this question on Quora and it got me thinking. It's useful to understand what distinguishes the top 1% from the top 10% in any field. The top 10% in any field are likely some of the top notch performers in that field. The margin of difference is very small. Yet there must be that … Continue reading What Distinguishes the Top 1% Product Managers from the Top 10%?