Posts Tagged ‘English Content’

Present Like Steve

While writing about my new photoblog in my blogpost → Design Matters, I found other good examples about presentation techniques. As I often see very bad presentations, I always like to look at these good examples. Scope of this post is the technique to present like Steve Jobs

Averting the Worst

As usual, Paul Krugman comments in the New York Times about a topic of common interest. This time, he writes about the the role, his Government played in figthing the current crisis (→ Averting the Worst – New York Times).

Role of the Product Vision when Development goes Agile

He does not stop with this statement, but adds recommendations, which very well complement my article → SCRUM Product Owner: Role and Task. For me, the remaining question is „Which mindset does the Product Owner require to deliver such a vision?“.

SCRUM Product Owner: Role and Task

Scrum is an organization model, and used by companies that develop products with agile methods. It has been invented as a means to professionalize the software development process. As I have already written in earlier articles, the model defines different roles, and has a specific view to the role of the team members.

Here I will concentrate on the tasks and the role model for the Product Owner.

Innovating on a Shoestring

Innovation – one of my favorite topics. In his video the president of Innosight talks about his new book. I will briefly summarize his findings, and add my own experiences.

Bits and Pieces

Here some interesting off-topic ideas and information, which I found in the internet (Comment to all my subscribers below 15 years of age: Stay tuned. There is something in for you as well).

Agile Product Management

These days, software systems are large, and they become challenging and expensive to create. In the recent years, many companies tried to formalize the development process, just to be able to better manage this complex process. Most companies used the waterfall method, in which one after the other department worked on its part of the software development cycle.

Profitable Product Management

In particular in these days of economic crisis, products, and product related profits are important. Many companies understand that innovations might help them to achieve growth after the financial crisis has finished.

Having these objectives in mind, I think, we must find out, how Product Management can add value to this objective.

Agile Development

Much of the technology, in particular in the software industry or technology area is large and complex. In the meantime, for example, large technology companies need to invest several hundred thousand person days to come up with their next release of a product. The videos recommended here help you to understand the initial concept of an agile organization.

Innovation and Creativity

With this article I want to support the requirements gathering process, by combining two common characteristics of innovation processes, and creativity techniques. These are context, and guidance.

Schlachten gewinnen mit dem Beamer

Gelegentlich müssen Produktmanager Ihre Ideen in einer Präsentation weitervermitteln. Je nach Spezialisierung im Produktmanagement, kann der Einsatz am Beamer sogar zu einer Hauptaufgabe werden.

Ich habe in meinem Berufsleben, viele gute Präsentationen gesehen, an die ich heute noch gerne zurückdenke. Leider habe ich aber auch Schlachten mit Folien erlebt, bei denen ich mich so gefühlt habe, wie in folgendem Spiegelartikel recht kurzweilig dargestellt → Im Powerpoint-Nirvana: Beamer an, Hirn aus.

The Future of The Market Capitalism

In October 2008, University Professor Summers (Harvard University) held an interesting keynote about the → future of market capitalism on the Centennial Global Business Summit of the Harvard Business School. I will use this keynote to recapture, what is currently happening in the world economy.

Lessons Learning from the Failure of General Motors

In the Harvard Business School Working Knowledge Series, I found the article → GM: What Went Wrong and What’s Next. It deals with the reasons for the remarkable decline of this industry giant, and includes lessons learned, which support the product management idea.

Just Surfing: Interesting articles from Newspapers and Blogs

I have collected articles, which highlight social economic changes that currently take place as reaction to the financial crisis

Company Size, Innovation and Design Thinking

In his discussion of the month → Do Innovation and Entrepreneurship Have to Be Incompatible with Organization Size?, Jim Heskett from Harvard Business School collects several opinions about the question if there is a relation between innovation, entrepreneurship and company size.

What Went Wrong – And Lead into Crisis

On Tom Peter’s Blog I have found an self-reflecting post and a good discussion about the question, „what went wrong“ (→ A New Generation Gap and → Comments). This inspired me to own thoughts.

Product Managers and Competitive Intelligence

In his blog-post → Nuts to negative solidarity, Tom Grant from Forrester writes about competition, competitive orientation of Product Management, and ‚Kill-The-Competitor-Campaigns‘.

His post, and the one, he takes as inspiration, present several interesting thoughts. I recommend you to read them.

European Consumer Strategies

However, it was not quite clear, what exactly changed with the consumer behavior, and how to react to the particular changes. I have looked at the following research from McKinsey & Company → Beating the recession: Buying into new European consumer strategies, which sheds some light on this particular question.

Beneficial Innovation Strategies

In my recent article → Winning in a Down Economy or Building Businesses in Turbulent Times, I have recommended an innovation study.
However, this study comes with further interesting insights into the innovation strategies of top performing businesses. Among them, I want to focus now on more findings.

Winning in a Down Economy or Building Businesses in Turbulent Times

The current economic crisis still worsens, and we read in the newspaper that the German economy will probably shrink for 6% in 2009 on average.

As this decline concentrates on few sectors of our economy, the situation in the highly affected sectors is even worse. This sharp decline imposes new requirements to both, corporate strategy, and business orientation.

Today, I want to recommend you several articles and studies, which suggest possibilities to rewrite or rethink how we do business, and how we deal with innovation in these tough times.

Winning in a Downturn: Rapid Cash Generation

The current crisis demands from businesses to take a close look to their expenses. As capital markets drew up, it is more important than ever, to take measures to preserve the viability of the business. In several cases it is inevitable, to concentrate on cost savings.

Made to Stick and the Curse of Innovation

A large portion of new and innovative products fails in the marketplace (many studies show that the success rate is below 10%). This is a very inefficient for society as a whole. Each improvement in new product success has important benefits.

In tough times such as ours, it is even more important, than in normal times, to optimize the innovation managementm and to increase innovation success.

International Product Policy – The Basic Product

Many German companies are actively selling their products into global markets, and they are successful in the globalization business. For many years, Germany has the largest trade volume of all countries worldwide.

Our success on world markets ist important for country, companies, and inhabitants. This post is about international product policies

The Strategic Role of Product Management

Several studies show, that market-driven strategies have a high economic benefit to companies. Product Management covers an important role in the customer-facing organization. Not all people might know, what Product Management is. In this article in English language, I write more about the role and the tasks of the product management in the technology sector. I will also mention some interesting literature, or companies, which are active in that area [Press the document title to read more about the topic…]