Alleged Wisdom

Yin, Yang, The What, and The How

April 13, 2011
yinyang

Great product teams understand what a product does and how it works are interconnected and interdependent…and focus on the boundary between the two.

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Don’t Get Screwed by Dependencies

March 25, 2011
Sinking Ship

Dependencies are not bad. Far from it: that’s how you get the leverage you need to succeed and scale in business. But consider what happens if things don’t go as planned: if who or what you’re depending on isn’t as negatively impacted as you would be, watch out.

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If You Disclose Your Roadmap, Don’t Do It the Microsoft Vista Way

March 19, 2011
Vista Uncertainty - Square

Only you can decide whether your company must publicly disclose your product roadmap. But never disclose anything before you know what it really is, whether it works, whether customers even need it, or when you can deliver it.

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The Perfect Requirements Myth

March 18, 2011
Checklist

Many teams have a lot of angst about product requirements documents. Like the code your developers write, it will never be perfect. What can you do to reduce the angst?

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"Lack of Resources" Is Almost Always "We Can’t Prioritize" In Disguise

March 2, 2011
Juggling

How many times have you heard people complain about lack of resources?  It’s true: there are never enough resources to do all the projects your company or your customers have asked for.
But more resources alone won’t necessarily make the real problem go away.

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