Agile Essense

Agile methodologies have been trending up and down (but mostly up) in the last two decades. Agile is no longer for software development only; creative teams “go agile” in businesses ranging from graphic design to semiconductor engineering. I had the opportunity to implement agile processes in various settings and learned …

My Favorite Job Interview Question

Famous business people like to go on record describing a killer interview question they always use. I have my own such question, and I can humbly claim that it’s better than any other I’ve seen so far. The question is very simple: “What would you like to do when you …

Dealing with an Office Provocateur

Unless you’re at the very edge of the bell curve, you must have had a chance to work with people who are smarter than you. Chances are, some of them were a tad difficult to work with. It’s easier to deal with a fool who overreacts and blows things out …

Nine Professions that Product Managers Would Excel in

Experienced product managers share several key skills like being good listeners and understanding technical concepts. On top of these, they must shine at specific “vocations”. In the course of a typical day they may practice any number of these. As the years go by they either become competent at all of them or pursue a different …

Embrace the Fear

Fear is real. It may instinctively paralyze you or prompt you to fight or run away. In some situations, none of these reactions will get you very far. Being an executive involves making decisions that are not for the faint of heart. I’m constantly evaluating competitive threats, technological challenges and …

Hiring Product Managers

Two qualities matter most when hiring product managers: smart persistence and attention to detail. Everything else is secondary: experience, education, and technical aptitude. Finding out if a candidate is persistent (but not annoyingly stubborn) and fanatically detail oriented is not trivial in an interview setting. After trying out different approaches I …

How to Move Ahead: 9 Rules

These are rules to live by for people who aspire for more at work. They may sound pessimistic but I’d rather call them realistic. Focus on what matters Distance yourself from anything that is not part of the core value creation process. Make meaningful things happen. Don’t waste your time and your company’s. Don’t …

10 Sure Ways for Giving a Lousy Presentation

There’s no shortage of resources and opinions about how to give a good presentation. At a risk of repeating what others have already said, here is my list of presentation faux pas. These are guaranteed to derail any pitch regardless of how relevant, important or interesting the message is. I …

Hire Growers

Tech workers rarely take a job just because they need one. It’s a buyers market for the most part, and more so when the economy is booming. Rational job seekers – and I’d like to think they all are – choose positions that will allow them to grow and develop. Finding …

Product Leadership Book Excerpt: Simplicity

The following is a chapter from my newly published book Product Leadership. “I have written you a long letter because I did not have time to write a short one.” – Blaise Pascal Simplicity is a design philosophy that prefers products leaner on features over loaded ones. The idea is …