Author Archives: Trevor

Anthropology | Culture | Product Management  January 11, 2011 5:00 am

The foreigner who could be undermining your global team

So, you’ve got a global team. People based in several different countries are working on your product. How are they all going to work together? They’ve spent all kinds of effort and money on training and cultural sensitivity to be … Continue reading

Product Management  September 13, 2010 7:30 am

What Kung Fu teaches about Product Management tactics

Prologue I’m unfashionably late with this posting. ProductCamp Seattle 2010 preparations, not to mention my day job, have been keeping me busy. Preparing for ProductCamp as part of the volunteer team necessarily also means preparing a session for the event, … Continue reading

Anthropology | Product Management  June 28, 2010 9:20 am

“That’s not what I asked for!”

As a product manager, have words ever gotten you down? Or, more precisely, has the lack of shared meaning of words used by the team – even ostensibly shared words – appeared unexpectedly and disastrously like an iceberg in the … Continue reading

Anthropology | Product Management  April 28, 2010 4:00 pm

Are you a Mole or a Meerkat?

Mole? A mole is solitary. A mole is hard-working. A mole gets the digging done. A mole also spends most of its time in the dark. A mole receives little to no assistance from other moles. A mole rarely sees … Continue reading

Anthropology | Product Management  March 29, 2010 7:02 am

Don’t presume your team agrees

Paula’s post on groupthink got me thinking about agreement. Not only about the potentially dangerous effect of unexamined agreement within a group, e.g. the groupthink that Paula discussed, but also the equally dangerous effect of presumed agreement. A team composed … Continue reading

Uncategorized  February 26, 2010 9:23 am

Going “Un-Native” First

In my previous post, I made a couple of relatively obvious assertions: We are all tribal. As product managers, it is beneficial if we better understand the professional tribes we rely on. I also alluded to the observation that one … Continue reading

Anthropology | Product Management  February 15, 2010 1:46 pm

Why “Go Native”?

Before we attempt to answer that question, an important point: you’re already “native”. We are all part of one professional tribe or another, whether we are aware of it or not. Our membership in our tribe not only drives relatively … Continue reading