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Tech and Product cuts in 2024 and why this is actually good for Product

As history repeats itself, we enter 2024 witnessing massive layoffs in product departments and product companies. Global companies such as Google (”hundreds” headcounts cut), Twitch (500 headcounts cut), Duolingo (10% of contractors), Instagram (60 headcounts cut), Amazon (”hundreds” headcounts cut), Discord (170 headcounts cut) as well as within more niche but still excellent companies such […]

The Product Value Triangle®: Why Good PMs (Even Tech Ones) Cannot Shy Away from Monetization & Communication

One of the questions I hear most frequently is, “What should Product Managers do?” or “What is a part of a PM’s job/role?” or even “What are some must-have skills to become or grow as a PM?” Well, while the exact role may vary among different companies, there are some elements (or areas) that are […]

Shall I get a product certification? Or a Product Management training/class?

Shall I get a product certification? Or a Product Management training/class? Which book do I have to read to become a good PM? 🤔 I get these questions every day, from PMs who are new to the job and from people who’ve been in the industry for some time, including in leadership positions. Today was […]

Is alignment overrated?

I don’t believe that alignment is overrated but is absolutely true that alignment without understanding is counterproductive. You’d think you’re aligned, while in reality, everybody is pulling in a different direction. That’s why I usually force the understanding and clarity part, by pushing a comparative/trade-off approach. To take your example on aligning on a top […]

Salespeople know what customers want. Really?

Has any salesperson (or CEO, …) told you “I know the customers’ needs very well because ONE customer told me that…” Why did this happen? There are many reasons, but certainly the “hype” we see lately in product management does not help to bring product teams closer to the rest of the functions. On the […]

#Productfundamendalism is killing #ProductManagement

Good product management can contribute a long way to making companies able to navigate the unknown, reducing business risk, being customer-centric, and ultimately generating (and collecting) more user value. I call companies that do so the companies that “think product” However, recent trends toward hyped buzzwords and Product Fundamentalism have created a rift in the […]

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