by Clifton Gilley | May 21, 2020
There’s a tendency in the product management and product development communities to conflate Agile practices and Agile philosophy, and this poses a real danger to successful adoption, implementation, and deriving value from Agile transitions. This is well-evidenced when you watch how quickly and easily organizations conflate “doing Scrum” with “being Agile”. While this is a […]
by Clifton Gilley | May 7, 2020
At its best, product management is often an inexact science; at worst, a seemingly arcane art. Decisions that we make regarding vision, strategy, and tactics are nearly always being made with imperfect data. Due to this, those decisions — be they a short-term prioritization change, a long-term roadmap change, or even a business model pivot […]
by Clifton Gilley | April 23, 2020
As experts in dealing in the domains of the unknown, product managers owe it to their organizations to step in and help to coach others in the organization through these challenges. We bring a unique perspective to the table, and can communicate and train others to use some of the very tools that we deploy every day to deal with uncertainty. The time is here for product managers to provide more than just product leadership — we must reinforce our role in the organization as leaders in general. We must share our specific set of skills and coping mechanisms with teams struggling to deal with what may very well become a “new normal”.
by Clifton Gilley | March 19, 2020
Product managers are used to operating in a climate of constant change. It is often the only constant upon which they can rely. Most change comes in fits and spurts, in predictable patterns, and with triggers which we can often see ahead of time. Most change allows us the opportunity to plan and strategize before […]