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%?

Product Professional to CEO

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 … Continue reading Product Professional to CEO

What Job Do You Hire the Apple Watch For?

After the recent Apple keynote, a friend sent me these questions: Is the watch now a permanent part of your purchase? Buy one every 2 years to pair with your iPhone? What would have to happen for you to say - it is not worth spending $350 to have a watch on my wrist? Why … Continue reading What Job Do You Hire the Apple Watch For?

Let’s Get It Done – What Do You Do?

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 … Continue reading Let’s Get It Done – What Do You Do?

What will Move the Needle? Leading vs Lagging Indicators

It's that time of the year when most companies with fiscal year starting January 1st are engaged in or done with their 2015 planning - bookings forecasts, budgets for investments and personnel, at the company level and broken down by business units and major product lines. It starts with defining what success means and translating that into specific … Continue reading What will Move the Needle? Leading vs Lagging Indicators

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

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

How Great Product Teams Partner to Solve Customer Problems

Bill and Melinda Gates took the stage at TED 2014 for an interview with Chris Anderson. It was a remarkable interview that gave an insight into the couple’s approach to philanthropy, raising their children while being the richest family in the world, and their shared belief of responsibility. Both Bill and Melinda Gates have genuine … Continue reading How Great Product Teams Partner to Solve Customer Problems