PRODUCT LEADERSHIP

The Product. The Whole Product. And Nothing But the Whole Product.

Why Has Business Education Failed Business

leave a comment »

Product Management Today Best Article

This article [Want to Kill Your Economy? Have MBA Programs Churn out Takers Not Makers] by Rana Foroohar based on her book “Makers & Takers: The Rise of Finance and Fall of American Business” talks about the state of business education in the US. For my friends in India, I am curious to know if you think this applies to the state of Indian business education as well. The main points in the article:

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rahul

Mar 1, 2018 at 12:49 pm

The Problem We Solve is the Question We Ask

leave a comment »

Product Management Today Best Article

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 a little deeper. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rahul

Jan 6, 2018 at 10:55 pm

Looking Back to Look Forward in 2018

leave a comment »

Product Management Today Best Article

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 does a product leader look forward to in 2018?

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rahul

Dec 20, 2017 at 11:47 pm

Posted in Product Management

What Can We Learn From The $400 Juicer That’s Supposedly Destroying Silicon Valley?

leave a comment »

Product Management Today Best Article

The BusinessInsider article The evidence is piling up – Silicon Valley is being destroyed seems to have riled up a lot of people. People are at a loss to understand how could the fabled VCs of Silicon Valley invest $120 million in a company that makes a juicer. People are wondering incredulously, there’s an app for that?! Since when did we need an app to drink juice?

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rahul

Apr 29, 2017 at 9:33 am

What IS Product Management, really?

with one comment

Product Management Today Best Article

Are you surprised why this question is even being asked in the first place? We have had product management in the industry for a long time now. Proctor & Gamble pioneered the concepts of brand management and market research (“Find out what the customer wants and give it to them.“). The importance of the role was further legitimized at HP and at Apple, where Steve Jobs was the uber Product Manager (“It’s not the customer’s job to know what they want. Customers do not know what they want until you give it to them.“)

With such a storied legacy of Product Management, why this question now? Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rahul

Apr 27, 2017 at 5:53 pm

Posted in Product Management

5 Critical Checkpoints on the Product Roadmap

with 2 comments

Product Management Today Best Article

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 so on. Bottomline, the purpose of a checkpoint is to ensure that we are equipped for our onward journey, that it continues to be safe, and we get to our destination without too much unplanned adventure.

The Product Roadmap is a similar journey in its own right. What checkpoints should we have to inspect if the journey continues on its planned route, or take detours as necessary? Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rahul

Feb 9, 2017 at 1:11 pm