The other day, I was reading a book about Product Management called Aptitudes of an Energized Product Manager, written by Linda Gorchels. She has written several internationally acclaimed books, of which The Product Manager’s Handbook 4/E is probably the best known. In a way, “Aptitudes of an Energized Product Manager” can be seen as a […]
Posted on 30 March, 2015 by Ivar Slavenburg & filed under.
The other day, I was reading a book about Product Management called Aptitudes of an Energized Product Manager, written by Linda Gorchels. She has written several internationally acclaimed books, of which The Product Manager’s Handbook 4/E is probably the best known. In a way, “Aptitudes of an Energized Product Manager” can be seen as a summary of the latter, containing a much more comprehensive description of what managing a product or service entails.
Both books are highly recommended for everybody working in the field of Product Management or having that ambition, as is also shown by the ratings they receive on Amazon. Obviously, the books are containing a very broad description of the role. They don’t focus on the challenges in particular industries, nor do they describe the role of a Product Manager in specific types of development methods, like scrum or waterfall. As such, they should be considered to be either a very comprehensive introduction into the field for new Product Managers, a very nice and often necessary reminder for established Product Managers or a call to action for those feeling to be shallowed by the numerous responsibilities they have. Read more…
Ever since the Snowden revelations privacy is a big subject. A recent report from PEW revealed that Americans did take action to protect their online privacy better. On the other hand, companies like Facebook and Google, who mainly make their money by selling your, anonymised, private information to anybody, are still showing healthy profits. The […]
Recently, I was reviewing some new concepts and noticed something strange. Normally, this is the fun part of Product Management (especially road mapping), but this time I got more and more irritated. Endless documents, mainly powerpoint slides (which I hate so much), with meaningless one-liners. Graphs with the most crazy predictions on how these new […]
It was the marketing trick of the year 2013, when the original Mailbox app was launch for Apple’s iPhone. After a couple of raving reviews, the creators of the App put up a waiting list. So, you could download the app, but not use it right away. You had to wait for your turn. That […]
A while ago, Dan Dana, the author of „The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion” sent out an invitation to review his upcoming eBook. The title was very inspiring so I signed up. The book is available now. After reading it extensively, find below my review. As the title suggests, the […]
One of the most powerful word in any language in the world is „why”. There is no better way to increase your knowledge then by asking „why”, nor is there often nothing more challenging than to answer such a question. The word „why” is the key to innovation and as such to human progress. Maybe […]
Some time ago, I felt that I had to upgrade my computer. It was at the same time the first tablets were appearing. The iPhone has started its rise to fame. I had an Apple before and I liked it a lot. It made me think of that old Atari 1040ST I owned a long […]
Originally, I thought it was a joke, as the tweet announcing it was dated April 1st. I’m referring to a post that I came across while curating for Strategic Design. It was a tweet from a man called PZ Meyers. He normally writes about or links to pretty decent articles, but this one turned out […]
As a content curator for two internet magazines, Strategic Design (via Flipboard) and Liberalism (via Paper.ly) I read a lot of different articles everyday about a variety of subjects. Probably it is not a surprise that I come across a lot of weird stuff. To be honest, ever since I started using a browser on […]
As you might have heard, two major US internet companies, Netflix and Comcast, have announced this weekend that they will connect their networks together. Before this deal, an other provider, Cogent Communications, connected the Netflix servers with the network of Comcast. By no longer using the other provider, Netflix expects to be able to provide […]