Tag: Product Management

What Office Space Can Teach Us about Product Management

Although the discipline of product management continues to be more and more critical to technology companies with each passing year, I still find that many people in the corporate world do not understand the function.  First, there are those who believe product management has all the power in the organization.  But in many technology companies especially smaller ones, I find this…

How Cloud Computing is Changing Product Management

Everyone is talking about cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) these days.  Almost every technology vendor has announced a cloud strategy – even the traditional software zealots.  But what do cloud computing and SaaS mean for product managers?   The impacts are more significant than you may think.  From pricing and profitability measurement to sales and marketing, cloud is having a noteworthy influence on the…

Cloud Product Managers need to Take More Responsibility for Operational Aspects of their Services

In my last post, I began a discussion on how the role of product managers is changing with the emergence of SaaS and cloud computing.  One of the most significant differences product managers need to embrace surrounds the pricing model.  Another significant challenge is in the area of requirements gathering.  Product managers need to not only define the features and…

Pricing Cloud Services

Everyone is talking about cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) these days.  Almost every technology vendor has announced a cloud strategy – even the traditional software zealots.  But what do cloud computing and SaaS mean for product managers?  In a recent report, Forrester Research stated that “No member of the development effort faces greater change in moving into the SaaS world…

CMOs Should Hire Managers of One

There is a great chapter in the book Rework called “Hiring Managers of One,” which is a concept that I think is critical for success and product management.   The authors state: “Managers of one are people who come up with their own goals and execute them…They don’t need heavy direction…They don’t need daily check-ins…When you leave them alone, they surprise…