Common Product Management Fuck-Ups That Strike Even the Experienced

Common Product Management Fuck-Ups That Strike Even the Experienced

  1. Acting like a Requirements Monkey.
  2. Punting on strategy.
  3. Not focusing on a particular target market.
  4. Not meeting with enough customers often enough.
  5. Not meeting with prospects and non-customers often enough.
  6. Not truly understanding the real problems faced by your target market.
  7. Hearing only what you want to hear.
  8. Being afraid to draw pictures.
  9. Writing a Magnum Opus of a requirements doc or strategy doc, primarily to cover your ass.
  10. Forgetting to incorporate features into your product that help you measure success or failure, and thereby improve over time.
  11. Going along with a development process that can't adjust when faced with negative market feedback
  12. Becoming Development's Co-Dependent, and having them come to you about the placement of every freakin' pixel.
  13. Allowing a piece of shit to ship.
  14. Making the product hard to buy or up-edition.
  15. Thinking that landing reference customers for a new product/release is someone else's job.
  16. Letting the release treadmill create a "boat anchor" editioning and pricing situation.
  17. Assuming that everyone that stands in your way is an asshole or a political player.
  18. Neglecting to spend the time building rapport and credibility with engineers.
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  • http://twitter.com/sladester/status/423997389280530433/ @sladester

    I have been guilty of most at one time or another – Common Product Management Fuck-Ups http://t.co/dODArxP4qN

  • http://twitter.com/kphelan/status/424022804661825537/ @kphelan

    Common Product Management Fuck-Ups That Strike Even the Experienced http://t.co/4EKdqp9tNI so very true…

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  • http://twitter.com/p_yokota/status/424218590360141824/ Paul Yokota (@p_yokota)

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  • http://twitter.com/AGrossRecord/status/424593211697291264/ @AGrossRecord

    “Requirements monkey?” Love that RT @AdamGross Common Product Management Fuck-Ups That Strike Even the Experienced http://t.co/c3uRBJbJLs…

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  • http://twitter.com/lauravenerable/status/425815885635280897/ @lauravenerable

    Dev needing every pixel? YES! Common Product Management Fuck-Ups That Strike Even the Experienced http://t.co/uNUPAJIdB7

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  • http://twitter.com/sadhiqali/status/425860685633835008/ @sadhiqali

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  • http://twitter.com/sergiojota/status/425968796390543360/ @sergiojota

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  • http://twitter.com/jasper_vb/status/426020186823856128/ @jasper_vb

    Herkenbaar? Herkenbaar! Common Product Management fuck-ups that strike even the experienced. http://t.co/S57nxel9cp

  • http://twitter.com/yelenapants/status/426400432554921984/ @yelenapants

    Pretty good: Common PM F-Ups that Strike Even the Experienced http://t.co/ICrapQJhqj /via @ellenbeldner

  • http://twitter.com/luisfelipeguzma/status/426447657884610561/ @luisfelipeguzma

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  • http://inspiredproductmanager.wordpress.com The Inspired Product Manager

    I fully agree! Very nice list. I would like to link it from my blog http://inspiredproductmanager.wordpress.com if you don’t mind.
    Glad you’re back!

  • http://gravatar.com/rsk001 CASCAiD – SK, Product Manager

    Hi Cranky

    Love the list and I hope someone produces a nice printable version! I’m new-ish to this game, have to constantly battle against becoming “the requirements monkey” and having the list up will help me manage the expectations of others!

    I have checked the rest of your blog and I can’t find reference to the “boat anchor” you mention in point 16 – would you mind elaborating for me please?

    Thanks ever so much

    Simon

    • http://twitter.com/firecrackerPM Gargi Mitra Keeling (@firecrackerPM)

      I think her ‘boat anchor’ reference comes from one of the classic PM ‘innovation games’. Try http://www.innovationgames.com/speed-boat/

      • http://gravatar.com/rsk001 CASCAiD – SK, Product Manager

        Thank you Gargi, I shall give that a go!

        • @jasonbtanner

          Boat anchor in this context refers to making sub-optimal release decisions that create future problems for editions/versions and pricing. In other words, “release 2.0 is a boat anchor when trying to change pricing in release 4.0.”

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  • http://twitter.com/smithabryan/status/430345999618306048/ @smithabryan

    A good reminder to start the week of some of the pitfalls that even experienced #productmanagers face. #prodmgmt http://t.co/FFQ0u3HkUb

  • http://twitter.com/OttawaPMA/status/430682312087306240/ @OttawaPMA

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  • http://twitter.com/SalesMessage20/status/431013613089075200/ @SalesMessage20

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  • http://twitter.com/flatstack/status/433296605815799810/ @flatstack

    ProdManagement for noobs: Don’t Act like a requirements monkey and don’t hear only what you want to hear… http://t.co/SGZEeS8ckQ

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  • http://twitter.com/simonwitkiss/status/438087496170500096/ @simonwitkiss

    Great #prodmgmt post from @crankypm. We will all experience most of them at some point, but no excuses for 13 and 18. http://t.co/cWjPgY7N9d

  • http://twitter.com/omysyk/status/438214636111147008/ @omysyk

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  • http://twitter.com/pabgarm/status/440428771758190592/ @pabgarm

    Some interesting common product management #mistakes. IMO the 10th is one of the most crucial ones for #online PMs http://t.co/AEEycYA748

  • http://twitter.com/shmechet/status/441336150804791297/ @shmechet

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  • http://twitter.com/prodcraft/status/441899705535299584/ @prodcraft

    One that didn’t quite make the cut for today’s email… a handy check-list http://t.co/NnYfG5JSY0

  • http://twitter.com/WeakDomines/status/442641745180774401/ @WeakDomines

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  • http://twitter.com/ProductMktgTips/status/443077203476377600/ @ProductMktgTips

    ur take? Common Product Management Fuck-Ups That Strike Even the Experienced – http://t.co/IjvbS5M3Ar

  • http://twitter.com/torgerson/status/452564699213623296/ @torgerson

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  • http://twitter.com/gillianwallis/status/466998732220010496/ @gillianwallis

    18 common Product Management fuck-ups #prodmgmt
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  • http://twitter.com/torgerson/status/472157217332817921/ @torgerson

    Common Product Management Fuck-Ups That Strike Even the Experienced http://t.co/leKBTgR3ew via @crankypm

  • http://twitter.com/flatstack/status/473856696108843010/ @flatstack

    Product Management for noobs: Don’t Act like a requirements monkey and don’t hear only what you want… http://t.co/so05h2vwIU via @crankypm

  • http://twitter.com/piethis/status/488918417311690754/ @piethis

    Common Product Management Screw-Ups that strike even the experienced by @crankypm : http://t.co/2dibnMQvzo http://t.co/os2vAgki8j

  • http://twitter.com/kingscomm/status/514994295078539264/ @kingscomm

    Common Product Management Blunders That Strike Even the Experienced http://t.co/Ahuye6OJaI via @crankypm

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