Most articles about Minimal Viable Product, MVP, are focused on consumer facing solutions. However, in the B2B world, introducing a new product to an organization requires navigation of many constraints — existing operations, aggressive revenue targets and shareholder obligations. Delivering a MVP solution that creates more work, disrupts operational efficiency or impacts the bottom line just because it’s a first version is NOT acceptable.
It is especially difficult to build a minimally viable solution when every company has its own unique logistics and operations. When working in the cruise industry, we even had different operational challenges between the various internal…
What to look for when optimizing your product team
You have an amazing idea and now it’s time to execute. Congratulations! It’s time to develop a digital solution but chances are, you need to hire a team. You can build a team in-house where everyone is centrally located, or build a remote/hybrid team where either the entire team, or parts of your team, are located in various locations around the world. You also have the option to hire full time employees or contractors. There is no right or wrong decision but it’s important to understand the trade-offs and hidden costs…
An analysis of user personas, ease of use and ergonomics
Even though my daughter is only 3 months old and about 12 pounds small, it feels like she has a minimum of 3 products per pound: diapers, wipes, bottles, bassinet, crib, pacifiers, clothes, swaddles, stroller, car seat, toys, etc…. There are so many baby products! As a product manager, I can’t help but to analyze them. Here is a mini analysis of 3 products that just missed being amazing because they over emphasized user personas, lacked focus on “ease of use”, or didn’t incorporate ergonomic designs into the solution.
The foundation of a high performing team
If you are looking to immediately improve the effectiveness of your team, and you are executing an agile development process, I highly suggest analyzing how you are conducting your grooming sessions. As a product manager, I have a love/hate relationship with them. Grooming sessions can generate very painful and tedious discussions but are undeniably valuable. The biggest mistake I often see is that grooming and sprint planning sessions happen at the same time. However, the foundation for a high performing team is an effective grooming session.
What is a grooming session?
And the only reason I’m singin’ you the song now is ’cause you may know
Somebody in a similar situation
Or you may be in a similar situation, and if you’re in a situation like
that, there’s only one thing you can do
For my whole life, everyone I knew assumed that I would be working for the family business — a distributor of industrial packing supplies located on Long Island, NY. My dad started the business with my grandfather in the 1970’s. My uncle(s) were part of the business in various capacities, my mom was…
The Decision Making Process
I started my product management career in the summer of 2015, shortly after earning my MBA. My first PM position was at a global hardware company for about 2 years. I have since joined the world of agile software development. This blog compares how the decision making process differs between the 2 worlds.
As a hardware product manager, we are forced to make crucial unchangeable product related decisions extremely early on in the development process. Sometimes these decisions are made several years prior to when a customer will actually be using the product. From my…
Product manager in tech. Connector of people. Born from an entrepreneur household.