Category Archives: Culture

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

Anthropology | Culture | Product Management  October 11, 2010 9:00 am

Guiding Principles of Karate for the Product Manager

There is a legend of a great karate master that I’m sure circulates in many dojos (karate studios).  The story is that of a young karate student who begins his practice and shows a natural talent.  He is aware of … Continue reading

Anthropology | Culture | Ethnography | Product Management  August 10, 2010 2:13 pm

The big bang and the evolution of brand and product management culture

An excerpt from the white paper entitled “Business Anthropology and the Culture of Product Managers.” Brand or product management was born from intense, sustained and rigorous trial and error in the market research department at the giant consumer packaged goods … Continue reading

Anthropology | Culture | Product Management  August 2, 2010 8:00 am

Tribes in Conflict… in the Same Village!

In previous posts (as well as in ProductCamp and conference sessions) I’ve mentioned the various professional tribes within organizations and the challenging dynamic they present to an observant, socially-curious product manager. I’ve also suggested ways in which a product manager … Continue reading

Anthropology | Culture  July 8, 2010 3:44 pm

Bonobos in the Boardroom

Yes, we walk bipedally, we think in abstract terms and we can do integral calculus, but just maybe we might have something to learn from our primate cousins, the Bonobo.  Bonobos (Pan paniscus), also called pygmy or gracile chimpanzees share … Continue reading

Anthropology | Culture  May 7, 2010 12:45 pm

Humans are Social Animals

Cover via Amazon Human beings are social animals. Our lives depend on other humans. Human infants are born unable to transport or care for themselves. Their survival depends on another human’s efforts. We develop and learn about the world around … Continue reading

Anthropology | Culture | Product Management  February 15, 2010 11:48 am

Why this blog?

Product managers are the central hub for products within companies. You deal with tribal dynamics within the organization and ultimately move a product from the company into the hands of the customer.You need to understand the company culture, the culture … Continue reading