Some time ago, I was assigned a critical task at work. The task was to take the ownership of our new software solution for tablet devices that my company was banking big on. It was a strategic initiative that top executives was hoping high on and the company had a few prestigious customers lined up for demonstrations and piloting the product Continue reading
Amol, the product manager of a Set Top Box (STB), was responding to a RFP (Request For Proposal) from a DTH (Direct To Home) operator; the contract if secured would mean significant revenue boost for 2 years, to start with. The STBs would be purchased by the operator in bulk and distributed to their customers (end-users). The RFP had a series of detailed questions on securing the digital content transfered, tamper proof ability, over the air firmware upgrades, recording capabilities – among others. Amol was as usual irritated. Continue reading
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The three wise monkeys are a pictorial maxim. Together they embody “see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil”. Twisting this a bit to product management, one can create a perfect recipe for Product Manager moron who:
- Refuses to see the emerging trends, competition, change in market dynamics
- Refuses to speak to stakeholders and keep them informed
- Refuses to listen to explicit and tacit needs of customers
When it comes to “evil” – every human must try to emulate the wise monkeys. However when we speak of “products”, Product Managers must keep their ears and eyes wide open – pretty antithetical to what the above pictorial maxim denotes.