Great Products Require Great Product Management

Posted Posted in Consulting, Product Management

I found a good article today on LinkedIn entitled “Who are product managers and why you should never hire a good Product Manager for your company?” It feels a bit like an article I wrote a while back, “Product Owners and Product Managers.” While my post focused on differentiating between the two roles, this article describes what the position is and why it is important. The author, Suhaas Kaul, describes Product Management like this: Is Product manager a Middle Man? Does his primary responsibility comprise of delegating tasks to others?   On the outside it might look like that. But […]

Training Gotchas – Product Ownership 101

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One of the first things you should do when you become a Product Owner for a new product is sit through the training class and all of the training videos, even if you are intimately familiar with the product. WHY? When you watch an instructor teach a class on your product, it should become very obvious where the product is confusing or difficult to use. If the instructor is having to bounce through multiple screens to show off a feature or is pointing out settings that should always be configured a certain way, you have areas for instant improvement. Example […]

Product Owners and Product Managers

Posted Posted in Consulting, Product Management

Does your software project have a dedicated Product Manager? How about a Product Owner? If your aren’t sure of the distinction between Product Owner and Product Manager,┬áhere is a link for some background reading? Boiling it down, Product Owners represent the interests of your customers and end users. What the product should do and how will the users interact with it. The Product Manager is more focused on the company’s interest, including market analysis, market dynamics, competitive review, product life-cycles, etc. Developing a software product without filling these two roles is incredibly risky. I’ve worked on products that lacked formal […]

Why Phasmid?

Posted Posted in Business Process Management, Consulting, Development, Enterprise Content Management, General, Information Technology, Product Management, User Experience

Our blog shows a sampling of projects we have worked on, as well as topics important to the clients we support. If you find the information useful and have a need for design, consulting or custom software development, Hire Phasmid today. Phasmid specializes in: Business Process Automation Critical Content Management Enterprise Class Solutions Interactive User Experience Design Custom Software Development If you are curious, the name Phasmid comes from the group of insects the blend seamlessly into their environment. Members are variously known as walking sticks, ghost insects and leaf insects. Their natural camouflage makes them difficult to detect. Likewise, […]

Re: What CEOs should know about SharePoint

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My RSS reader picked up a new article at AIIM titled – AIIM Study: What CEOs Should Know About Microsoft SharePoint. The key point in my opinion was: …68 percent of SharePoint implementation decisions are made by the CIO or IT manager despite the fact that a single system is more often deployed across the enterprise, establishing SharePoint as highly-integrated business system when compared to most enterprise systems. CEOs who view SharePoint as a technology tool rather than a business platform should reconsider. The research points to the need for a company strategy and executive vision in order to get […]

SharePoint Design: Business Outcomes versus Requirements

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A NetworkWorld post by Susan Hanley grabbed my attention – “Designing SharePoint Solutions: Start with the business problem and look backwards!” The article gives some great advice on how to approach SharePoint design decision trade-offs: Start with understanding the business problem you are trying to solve. Identify the key stakeholders in the problem – the people who depend on its resolution. Choose an approach that creates the best balance for each of the stakeholders – content contributors and content consumers, business owners and IT – and one that has a chance at being sustainable over the long haul. For example, […]