Product Management Failure: Google’s Moto X

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!As you slave away at your product management job, you probably dream of how great it would be to work at some progressive company where (finally!) your skills as a product manager would be truly appreciated. Some company that understood … Read more

When Competitors Merge: What 3 Things Should A Product Manager Do?

Sometimes as product managers we wish that our lives could become better if only one of our competitors would just go away. It’s events that like this that would make developing your product development definition just a bit easier. Somewhat amazingly this does happen. However, all too often, the reason that they went away was … Read more

What Does It Take To Lead A Product Team?

So you are a product manager? Just exactly what does that mean? I can tell you that it’s not all about creating the perfect product development definition. I mean, sure you are in charge of a product, but in order to get your job done you need to work with other people and get them … Read more

A Candy Bar Teaches Product Managers Lessons About Redesigning Product Packaging

Imagine for just a moment that you were the product manager who was in charge of a candy bar. Let’s say that that candy bar had been invented a long time ago, say 1920 or so, and its packaging was starting to look old. This was never part of your product development definition. How would … Read more

Results Of YOUR Vote: Where Do Product Managers Need The Most Help?

The results of the first ever The Accidental Product Manager “where do you need the most help with product management” survey are now in! First off, let me take just a moment and thank everyone who took the time to (1) read my really long email, and (2) hit the “reply” button and sent me … Read more

Product Managers Need To Know 4 Ways To Offer Their Customers A “Next Best Offer”

What would the perfect buying experience with your product be for your customer? I’d be willing that it would go something like this. They’d contact you and explain their problem to you. You’d listen, and then based on what you already knew or could deduce about them you’d end up recommending the perfect product that … Read more

Why Product Managers Need To Learn To Love Inbound Marketing

What kind of marketing do you do: outbound or inbound? For that matter, do you even know the difference? In today’s overloaded, hyper connected society, getting the attention of our potential customers has become harder than ever. Darn. As product managers we need to find ways to overcome this hurdle and right now, it’s looking … Read more

Why Bank of America Needs To Do More Checking On Its Products

As product managers, one of our main goals is to always be searching for ways to apply the product development definition in order to leverage our products and boost the company’s bottom line. At the same time, we need to stay aware of our product’s impact on the company’s reputation. Over at the U.S. bank, … Read more

Product Managers Know That They Need To Make Their Product Contagious

If you had to picture your product becoming wildly successful, what would you see in your mind’s eye? I’m betting that you wouldn’t be picturing a whole bunch of people sneezing – that was never part of your product development definition. However, if you take just a moment and think about it, what we really … Read more