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Product Portfolio Management

How Does Your Company Measure Up?—Make Your Voice Heard

Participate in the 2nd Annual Product Portfolio Management Benchmark Study Take the Survey Now and receive the full complimentary report. It’s time for the 2nd Annual Product Portfolio Management Benchmark Survey! You are invited to participate and in appreciation for your time and input, you’ll receive a complimentary copy of the full report in November,...

Product Portfolio Management

How Is Your Company Using Social Media?

Allow me to pose the question again, but this time as a multiple choice question: How is your company using social media? As a hip way to fill business cards and e-mail signatures with nifty and icons To communicate to employees and customers To transform and broadcast media monologues into social media dialogues (Wikipedia) As...

Product Portfolio Management

Portfolio Management and Agile Programming

When Kent Beck first articulated the principles of agile programming, he spearheaded the greatest change in software methodology in the last twenty years, and therefore perhaps of all time in such a young art. As I cannot hope to improve upon his exposition of the synergetic principles of Extreme Programming, I would like to explain how...

Product Portfolio Management

Why Integration Doesn’t Have to Be Hard, or the Secrets of a Good Partnership

Throughout my career, there have been a few examples of good business partnerships — partnerships that are truly beneficial for both sides. I have many more examples of “Barney” type partnerships that take a good chunk of bandwidth for little return. The most successful partnerships, in my experience, have been built around a “build vs...

Product Portfolio Management

Product Development Portfolio Optimization: Bottoms-Up vs. Top-Down

I’ve never met a homebuilder who wants to build a roof before pouring a foundation. Yet when I talk with executives about optimizing product development portfolios for customer appeal, competitive impact, and resource allocation, they sometimes ask this question first: how can we do a better job of optimizing development investments across our major lines...

Product Portfolio Management

Strategy as a Team Sport

Last week saw me traveling, which means I had some time to do a little airplane reading. I had the July/August edition of the Harvard Business Review with me and read a few thought-provoking articles. The first is titled “The Execution Trap.” A lot of good thoughts but the main thread is that there should not...

Product Portfolio Management

Innovation vs. Maintenance—How Do You Find the Right Mix?

Every product management job I have ever had, no matter the size of the company, I have wrestled with the question — “How do I determine the right innovation vs maintenance mix?” In most of my jobs, I have struggled with this question on a daily basis, constantly making sure that the “small” priority decisions...

Project Portfolio Management

IT Governance and Lessons from the Outsourcers

Good IT Governance has numerous benefits for running an IT organization. A solid understanding and control of resources, work effort, and costs will drive better decisions. Having that information readily available, on-demand, will drive more timely decision making. There are many sources CIO’s and IT organizations look to for guidance and examples on governance models...

Work Management for Teams

Seven tips for successful management

I regularly find myself reading the thoughts and opinions of experts on management and how I can be a better manager. I’m never actually surprised by what I read – I think most of it is obvious. At the same time it’s easy to agree with what you’ve read, but difficult to put it into...

Project Portfolio Management

IT Governance – Why Before How

IT Governance often represents a new way of doing business: An IT Governance training strategy must incorporate change management. An initiative as impactful as an IT Governance Solution typically requires an organization to implement new roles, processes and automation. The changes can appear daunting for many employees whose first experience with the new techniques is...