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Richard Buckminster Fuller the famous inventor and systems theorist, whose life began in 1895 and spanned almost 100 years has a famous saying. “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
He said this numerous times about things that had to be re-imagined to work in a new and better way. It’s true that he wasn’t responding to the crisis with product planning today but he could have been. We’re pretty sure that if he were alive today and we could ask him about how to deal with the product planning crisis he might employ his saying or at least expand on the sentiment of it.
In Scott Sehlhorst's recent blog post about "Why Products Fail?", he posits the questions product managers should asking. That's if they could step back and take the time to consider how they might mitigate product failure.
Firstly we thank-you Scott, not only for helping us talk to others of your ilk, i.e. our audience in past webinars you were so kind to host with us, but moreover, for exacting the larger issues and asking the harder questions of "why products fail?". We thank you because we spend a lot of time trying to extract this information out of product managers; when they're not running around trying to gather spreadsheets and herd their teams.
Of course, this attempt to get at the meat of the matter is self-serving since what we offer is a way to help companies have successful product outcomes, especially when the challenges ramp up and everything gets a whole lot more complex.
Our illustrious CEO, John Hamm is at it again - talking the talk and walking the walk of ‘data’ and how to make use of it in his Financial Times article out this week titled ‘Innovation Needs Big Data’ (registration is free but required to view the article).
Product companies, John points out, would have a lot more success if they were able to make better use of their data to inform and steer their product planning based on what their customers want.
In order for companies to grow and maintain their competitive advantage, they need to build successful products. Many organizations, however, lack the clearly defined product strategy required to create great products. Join us as guest speaker Hector Del Castillo of AIPMM shares how to use product strategy to drive product success and revenue growth.
Why a Product Strategy is Essential to Drive Your Company's Revenue Growth
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
10:00 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Last week, Ultimate Software, a provider of HR solutions, was named by Fortune as the #25 of the 100 best companies to work for in 2012. We’d like to take a minute to congratulate one of our longtime customers for a job well done.
Big Data. First companies collected it, then they processed it, and then they trapped it, siloed it, and caused the collective scratching of heads. Voila, a new data problem of mass proportion.
But, gosh, what if it is? And what if this Fortune 500 phone company whose name we can't mention was so happy that we solved their Complex, with a capital "C", product planning issues that they made this little sticker themselves? Maybe they wanted to proudly show off the people who let them go home early because they have software that doesn't require them to run around collecting data for their stressed out bosses.
Inc. Magazine's senior editor and tech expert Lindsay Blakely wonders what it will take to keep the thousands of startups like those at this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from becoming shining stars. Accept Software CEO John Hamm thinks they need to "get their innovation right."
Join us for a live webinar featuring guest speaker Cindy F. Solomon (@cindyfsolomon) of Global Product Management Talk (#prodmgmttalk) and Hari Candadai of Accept Software as they discuss the strategic and technical roadmapping capabilities and expertise necessary to communicate product direction and strategy with the right level of detail to the right audience at the right time.
During this session, learn to use roadmaps as a strategic tool to communicate an objective and compelling story to key audiences and stakeholders, sustain customers, and respond to changing market dynamics and company priorities.
Strategies for Effective Product Roadmapping
Thursday, December 15, 2011
10:00 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. Eastern
We had a fantastic webinar last week with Greg Geracie of Actuation Consulting where he discussed Three Tips to Improve Your Effectiveness as a Product Manager. There were some great questions coming from the audience and we wanted to make sure that everyone had their questions answered. All of the questions that we were not able to get to during the session are answered below. Special thanks to Greg for taking the time to respond to these!