I have been formally writing for the Product Bistro since early 2016, but I have been blogging and writing about product management since 2009 or so. In all that time I have written hundreds of posts, and many of them are in the archives here.
This will be a collection of my favorites, or the most popular. Without further ado let’s dive in.
The Product Manager as Garbage Collector
Depending on the organization, it is common that product management is the position where tasks just accumulate. Tasks that rightfully belong to other groups have fallen through the cracks, and product management will end up owning it.
Usually, this happens because product managers are focused on ensuring that customers do not suffer any degradation in their experience.
Can you be a good product manager as an Introvert?
There is a common premise that product managers are outgoing and gregarious in their persona, and certainly this is sometimes true. But as a capital “I” introvert, I have been able to turn that inward thinking into effective product management.
This post won me an award with the Boston Product Association.
How to Handle the Exit Interview
A peer who left in a blaze of glory, torching their path behind them, and bragging about how vicious that they were in their exit interview got me thinking about how to handle this potentially fraught situation.
Regardless of how toxic, or bad the experience was, you need to be above the fray.
Spend any serious time in the role of product management, and you will discover some truths. Sometimes, helpful elders will clue you in early, and sometimes you will discover these yourself. But, discover them you will.
Of course, there are more, and I extended them in another post.
Zombies, they are everywhere
Unless you are at an early-stage startup, it is an almost certainty that you have experienced a zombie product, a project or program that is the walking dead.
Scope Creep happens, and it is usually predictable
I have never, ever in all my 23+ years of product management not had some form of scope creep in projects. Alas, in the old days of waterfall, it could be catastrophic as the definition was done up front, and stuff happens. In agile, you can be more reactive, and the ability to adjust as conditions evolve is baked in. Still, long development cycles that get delayed ensure that market conditions change and need to be accounted for, hence the creep that everyone hates.
A long history in product got me interested in writing about product management, and over the years I have put many of them in writing. Hopefully you find these worth the time to read.