Product Manager Key to Success: Collaboration

I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of collaboration and how, as product managers, we are typically the glue that keeps teams together. But quite often, there is a conflict that we’re confronted with. Being able to collaborate well is one of the keys to success as a product manager. Having spent time inContinue reading “Product Manager Key to Success: Collaboration”

How Product Managers Can Say No In 4 Easy Steps

Saying “no” is one of the hardest things a product manager must do. And it’s something you, my dear product manager friend, should be saying a lot. James Clear, the author of the bestselling book “Atomic Habits” recently spoke about the importance of saying “no.” “When you say no, you are only saying no toContinue reading “How Product Managers Can Say No In 4 Easy Steps”

4 Ways To Become A Better Product Manager During A Crisis

These are trying times. I’ve been a product manager for 25 years and I’ve survived several economic crises. I’ll be honest. I’m nervous about what the COVID-19 pandemic is going to do to the global economy. But I’m also a strong believer that looking for the silver lining in times like this can make aContinue reading “4 Ways To Become A Better Product Manager During A Crisis”

Why Products Fail and the One Thing Product Managers Can Do to Avoid It

UPDATED AT 12:15 PM PACIFIC TIME, 2/4/20 I had no idea when I wrote this article that I would wake up to the #IowaCaucusDisaster. What a shame the people who developed the app used didn’t have a chance to read this. I had coffee recently with someone who works in academia and is deeply connectedContinue reading “Why Products Fail and the One Thing Product Managers Can Do to Avoid It”

12 Habits of Successful Product Managers

I’m a huge fan of Dolly Parton for so many reasons. She once said “If you don’t like the road you’re on, start paving another one.” Are YOU happy with the road that you’re on? Do you wish you could be on a different road? Or maybe you would just like to get from pointContinue reading “12 Habits of Successful Product Managers”

5 Things Product Managers Should Be Thankful For this Thanksgiving

Expressing gratitude every day is a key to being healthy and happy. It’s a practice that product managers, in particular, should practice. Too often, we PMs can be overly critical about our products, our companies, and ourselves. It’s only natural… we’re expected to analyze everything and come up with ways to improve things. It’s hardContinue reading “5 Things Product Managers Should Be Thankful For this Thanksgiving”

How to crush the first 90 days as a new product manager

As an active participant in several online communities for product managers, one of the questions frequently asked is “How can I prepare to succeed in my new role as a product manager?” I always respond by recommending this book, The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter by MichaelContinue reading “How to crush the first 90 days as a new product manager”