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Hello World, again.

It has been a long time since I wrote anything specifically about Technical Leaders. I guess that life happens and you can easily get caught up in a whirlwind mainly when new opportunities keep presenting themselves. “Look, a squirrel”! Another shiny object. The next...

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Product or project manager?

A business requirements specification is not the same as a value proposition.  If you want to create a product for a defined market, as opposed to a customer, then you need to be able to articulate a value proposition for many customers, not just the bespoke...

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The accidental product manager

Product management is sometimes referred to as the accidental profession. Even though product managers fulfill a real and defined need in a company, the discipline is often not well developed or understood; and not always acknowledged. Most people when they get to the...

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Product strategy and innovation

Product companies have the unenviable challenge to constantly optimise a complex blend of products and services with the imperative to remain profitable. Frequently the demands of day to day operations dominate and dilute efforts to be innovating around new products....

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Business models and mergers

At some stage in the growth of an information company, it may be necessary to grow by merger or acquisition. Acquisitions can rapidly add to underlying business growth by virtue of scale. With the increasing scale of operations the fixed costs associated with shared...

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In search of innovation

There is a great post on Harvard Business Review by Vijay Govindarajan and Jatin Desai regarding the nature of innovation in organisations. The message aligns very closely with my own experience with software products. Organisations tend to focus on building short...

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