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Product Professional to CEO

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Product Management Today Best Article

Google recently promoted Sundar Pichai to the role of CEO. Naturally, this received a lot of press with many articles talking about Pichai’s journey from a middle class family background in India, his education at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Stanford and Wharton, and working at McKinsey and Google. No doubt, it is a remarkable story of progress. Since Pichai is an India-born CEO, it generated even more interest.

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Written by Rahul Abhyankar

Aug 18, 2015 at 7:25 pm

Let’s Get It Done – What Do You Do?

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Play out this scenario. You are a product manager. A senior executive in your company has an idea about what your product needs to do. S/he has sufficient understanding of the product and the market. S/he speaks with as many customers as you do if not more. If s/he happens to be in charge of engineering and product development, they also know the technology, effort, complexity. The edict is passed down – “We need to do X. Let’s get it done.” and this generates a perfect maelstrom of activity. You are the product manager. What do you do?

Please share your thoughts in the comments. Trying out a new format for a post, but this is a real situation for many product managers.

Written by Rahul Abhyankar

Nov 20, 2014 at 2:18 pm

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Never Too Soon To Learn How to Build Products the Right Way

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My 13 year old published his first app called Aarti Guide on the AppStore. It is connected with the festival of Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, and was available on the App Store on 29th August, the first day of the festival. This was his first iOS development project after being self-taught through courses on Udemy and books. I thought this would be a good excuse to get him oriented with building a product the right way, rather than immediately jumping into code, which he couldn’t wait to do 🙂 What better use could summer holidays be put to than learning about Agile and Product Management?!! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rahul Abhyankar

Oct 12, 2014 at 2:10 am

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What Does It Mean to be a Big Data Product Manager

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Last week while driving to a meeting, I had an epiphany. Those familiar with the state of highways in the Bay Area in the morning rush hour can relate to this. I had to be in Burlingame on the water’s side of 101 at 9:30am. However, it was 8:30am before I could leave from Sunnyvale near 280 south of 85. At that time, no matter which highway I took (280, 85, 92, 101) one hour to get to Burlingame was an impossible task. Yet with real time traffic updates on the GPS and timely decision making about getting off and back on the highways at the right exits, I was able to make it to the cafe in Burlingame at 9:20am. Phew! Well let me assure you that it was no small feat. Now to the epiphany. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rahul Abhyankar

Mar 7, 2014 at 12:02 pm

The Insanely Great Product Manager – Part 4: Communicate Value

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After understanding value, creating value, and capturing value, we now come to the next part of the value journey, i.e. communicating value.

A product manager has to be an effective communicator. Effective communication is timely, concise, and inspiring, yet with a lot of empathy. In the daily grind of the job, there are numerous things that pull a product manager in many different directions, yet, the opportunity to communicate with different stakeholders is always welcome. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rahul Abhyankar

Sep 21, 2013 at 2:08 am

How Will You Measure Your Life…and Build Great Products?

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At first glance, it seems counter-intuitive that the two parts of the question would be related to each other.

How Will You Measure Your Life?, written by Clayton Christensen, is about how one can be successful, and happy in one’s career; how can relationships be a source of continuing happiness; and how can one live a life of integrity.

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Written by Rahul Abhyankar

Mar 21, 2013 at 3:03 pm