Category Archives: Product Management

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 | Product Management  November 8, 2010 10:31 am

Knees and Elbows for the Product Manager

Editor’s note: We invited Laurie Jane, Product Management Director at Yesmail, to wrap up our exploration of martial arts insights for product managers with her personal Muay Thai perspective. The three of us co-facilitated a session at ProductCamp Seattle last … 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

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 | 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 | 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

Product Management  March 11, 2010 1:42 pm

3 Ways to Avoid Groupthink

Groupthink is a concept within social psychology (okay so I’m stepping off my anthropology soapbox and borrowing one from my friends at soc-psych) that defines a style of group decision making where individuals are more motivated to agree rather than … Continue reading