Users are great at telling you about their problems. They can very easily tell you when something isn’t working or interesting or fun to use. What they suck at is telling you how to fix it. http://bit.ly/fMKM2v
I’ve been spending a lot of time helping one client with their 2011 Product Roadmap. Although we’re not “doing Agile,” I’ve introduced them to the product backlog. So far it’s been a powerful planning tool. So Scott Sehlhorst’s post on how to prioritize resonated with me. When creating a backlog, or managing features, you needContinue reading “Don’t be a slave to the backlog.”
Programmers write code, QA specialists (really just a specialized kind of programmer) make sure that it works, designers create flows, layouts, copy and graphics, and sales people sell. Sure, someone needs to keep an eye on costs and revenues, and manage the business – but that’s not what most product managers do. So do weContinue reading “Does the world need product managers anymore?”
nationalpost: Starbucks has announced its new, largest-ever drink size: the Trenta. For iced drinks only, the voluminous beverage will debut in 14 U.S. states in February. But how big is it?
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…there’s more to building a great product than just addressing pain points. Pain points make for good features, but passion makes for good (and hopefully great) products. flickr helped people who loved photos showcase their photos; twitter helps people follow things they care about. Here’s a good post from TechCrunch on how not all products need toContinue reading “There is no greater pleasure than the absence of pain, but…”
Yahoo is like your yuppie friend who takes up triathlons. He just keeps spending money on fancy gear, thinking that it will make him them competitive. But then the gear just sits in the garage for years until his wife finally makes him sell it on Craigslist. Yahoo’s terrible track record with acquisitions.
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Hot on the heels of my earlier post, the New York Times talks about the Economist, and how it’s been one of the only news magazines to grow in the past few years. The Economist Tends Its Sophisticate Garden By JEREMY W. PETERS Published: August 8, 2010 The Economist, a bible of world news withContinue reading “The Economist – Redux”
From my perspective, United Airlines had two things going for it: membership in Star Alliance, and that lovely arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue that they play as you board. Things got better when they aligned themselves with US Airways (America West, re-branded). I had received consistently good service from America West, and that seems toContinue reading “But will they keep playing Gershwin?”