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What are Product Management “Best Practices”?

By Saeed Khan I sometimes get asked by clients to recommend “best practices” for Product Management teams, or by companies that are embarking on implementing formal Product Management programs. Sometimes, they have a group called Product Management, but those people...

Let’s start solving REAL problems

I originally wrote the following post back in December 2010. It was entitled "A call for Product Managers Without Borders". I believe it's even more relevant today than it was back then. I had forgotten about this post, until I read this piece from Tolpagorni in...

The Problems with the “CEO of the Product” metaphor

I recently engaged in a short Twitter thread on the "CEO of the Product" topic. https://twitter.com/saeedwkhan/status/1121144577795211264 If you've been in product management for any period of time, you've undoubtedly heard someone use the metaphor that a "Product...

How to run a successful beta program

Saeed Khan Beta programs are a somewhat maligned and misunderstood concept these days. Companies don't really talk publicly about beta programs, and when they do, they are definitely NOT representative of what most people do. For example, Gmail launched in 2004, and...

How to be a GREAT Product Manager

Saeed Khan I originally wrote the following back in the summer of 2007 (Yes 2007. That's not a typo). I had just started blogging a few months earlier. It was one of the first blog posts I wrote that got a lot visibility. This post was originally written in six...

Don’t Release The Kraken!

by Saeed Khan What does the movie Clash of the Titans have to do with product release planning? Great question. And to see the answer, watch the presentation and find out. I was pleased to give my "Don't Release the Kraken!" talk at ProductTank Toronto last week. I...

Speaking in Australia

I'm on a bit of a speaking tour in Australia this month. I'd love to have you join and attend one the events if you can. Leading the Product First and foremost, I'm speaking on Release Planning at the Leading the Product conference in both Melbourne  (Oct. 18) and...

Product Management lies at the heart of Innovation

Ask 10 people for a definition of the word "innovation", and you're likely to get 10 different answers; maybe more depending on who you ask. Don't believe me? Watch this video, where they ask attendees at an innovation conference: What is innovation? Some of the...

Venn and the Art of Product Management

NOTE: A shorter version of this article was originally posted on LinkedIn. NOTE: The post title was clearly inspired by the title of this book. Sorry, couldn’t resist :-), but it should also be noted that some of the topics of discussion in the book should be of...

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