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Entries Tagged as 'Product Management'

Know enough technically to be dangerous

April 7th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I studied computer science for four years in college. I worked as software developer for several years. But, nowadays, when someone asks me if I’m technical. My answer is "no" — I have been working in product management for eight years. I work with developers everyday. I still play with various technologies at my spare […]

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Tags: Management · Product Management · Start-up Success

Career transition from software developer to product manager

March 13th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Question from a reader I’ve been a software developer for seven years now. I’m getting tired of coding. I’d like to transition to product management. What should I do? My answer Making a career transition is never easy. The key is that you must leverage your strength while identifying opportunity to demonstrate you’re  capable of […]

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Tags: Career Transition · Product Management

My wish list of blogging software improvements

February 25th, 2009 · 6 Comments

This blog is powered by WordPress. I composed most of the posts using the offline blog editor Microsoft Live Writer. I have run into several “pain points”. Below is my wish list of blogging software improvements: This blog receives hundreds of comments each day. A lot of these comments are spams. I would like to […]

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Tags: Product Management · Tools & Tips

The Hot Dog Guy

February 23rd, 2009 · 3 Comments

I work at a 4-building office complex. One thing most of us look forward to every Wed is the hot dog stand – a guy will show up at 11:30AM and sell Hot Dog plus a soda and a bag of chip for $5. Although there are nice restaurants and fast food places within walking […]

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Tags: Beat Recession · Product Management · Start-up Success

10 Professional Development Actions that you can take to make you more competitive in today’s job market

January 26th, 2009 · No Comments

Note: I use the word "Actions" instead of "idea, initiative, etc.". It doesn’t help to sit there and worry about recession and job market. It’s up to each of us to Take Actions to improve ourselves, and take control control our own destiny. Improve your interpersonal skills by taking a class such as Dale Carnegie’s […]

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Tags: Beat Recession · Learning and Growing · Product Management

Scrum mania

December 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

There was a scrum mania around me. The software development team had been missing deadlines and producing buggy code. The business team felt frustrated because they were not getting the features they wanted to market and sell. Let’s implement SCRUM! Let’s be iterative and get things out quickly! The company sent a few program managers […]

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Tags: Get Project Done · Product Management

The New Product Manager: How to work effectively with engineering team

November 15th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Write detailed, thorough product requirements. Be consistent — some product managers change their mind a lot. As a result, engineering has to change what they just implemented. Unless there is some strong reason to change the requirement, you should try to stick to what you propose initially, and be consistent. It will save engineering a […]

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Tags: Career Transition · Get Project Done · Product Management

Deal with "internalized conflict"

November 14th, 2008 · No Comments

As a product manager, I often find myself internalizing conflict: sales team wants development team to build a new feature or customize an existing feature so that they can close a deal. Engineering team has its own schedule and resource constraints. They don’t like to be distracted by the one-off request. Plus, sales tend to […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · Get Project Done · Product Management

Transition to Product Management

October 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment

How can I transition to be a product manager? This is a question I got asked quite frequently. It’s hard to make the career transition to product management. In most companies, there are no clear path to become a product manager. The job title "product manager" is defined differently at different companies. In some companies,product […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · Career Transition · Product Management

Q&A: Should I move to SaaS Production PM role?

September 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Email question from a reader: I have been working as a product manager in a large enterprise software for 6 months. This is my first product management job (my first post-MBA job; and I came from a technical background, worked previously as a software engineer). Today my boss asked me to be the Software as […]

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Tags: Product Management · Q&A