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Have You Modernized Your Product Requirements Document (PRD) Yet?

The term PRD —Product Requirement Document— has gone out of favor for a while now. The waterfall approach to solution delivery and its usage of the PRD has a lot of drawbacks. But did we dump the good along with the bad? Let's explore.
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Jobs-to-be-Done: Your Go-to for Product Management and Strategy

Customer-centricity is everywhere in the business vocabulary, perhaps one of the most used buzzwords mentioned in elevator pitches and executive decks. Are we really customer-centric? What does that actually mean? Our success as Product people lies to a great extent on how well we understand the not-so-obvious patterns in the customer intent and behavior. That...
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Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) – Measure What Matters

Organizational goal-setting, tracking, and measurement is one of the most challenging yet critical factors for a company's success. There are many methodologies available that delve into this topic from various angles. If you are serious, the OKRs framework is something you should explore, experiment, and tweak for your needs.
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How to Improve Organizational Decision Making

Decisions, decisions, decisions. We make a ton of them every week, many of them trivial. However, there is a tiny percentage of decisions that determine the next six months or six years. Not all of them are reversible without high costs, which raises the stakes high even further. There is every incentive for us in...

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11product/market fit research
Time and again we hear from the product companies, more so with Startups, about Product-Market fit. Moreover, many founders and product managers know that they live or die by achieving Product-Market fit. However, many of them go ahead and build their own thing in the hopes something will stick. What is Product-Market Fit? In this...
11Problem Statement
The circus we do as Product Managers — start from a fuzzy problem statement and work on continuously refining it — is something! During the process, several problems fizzle away as non-starters. However, if we are diligent, some others will move along to become new features and products in their own right. “If I had...
https://www.ted.com/talks/heather_lanier_good_and_bad_are_incomplete_stories_we_tell_ourselves#t-803144
Good and Bad are familiar categories we tend to use as a reaction to what happened, and for the events that we anticipate. Is categorization necessary? This Heather Lanier’s TED talk was personal and touching. Acknowledging and accepting what it is without labeling good, bad, ugly, pretty, and so on, provides clarity. Clarity, in turn,...
Anthropologist Margaret Mead‘s response about the beginning of civilization is not about some innovation (in industrial/tech sense), but all about cooperation and collaboration: “But no. Mead said that the first sign of civilization in ancient culture was a femur (thighbone) that had been broken and then healed. Mead explained that in the animal kingdom if...
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Slowing down to speed up is a real thing when it comes to strategy execution. Double-clicking on the business value of what we are trying to accomplish clarifies the purpose. It puts us on the path of becoming an outcome-driven organization—value over volume.
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Organizational goal-setting, tracking, and measurement is one of the most challenging yet critical factors for a company's success. There are many methodologies available that delve into this topic from various angles. If you are serious, the OKRs framework is something you should explore, experiment, and tweak for your needs.
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