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Business and Beyond: Toyota, Drums, and Customer Experience (a Product Development Lifecycle Whitepaper)

Written by Author SN. Posted in - Everything, Creativity, Outreach, Portfolio, Product Management, Real estate, Research, Retail, UX Boom

Original post: June 3, 2011 | GoogleScholar | Academia.edu

Simple products break less

SimplicityIn working with engineers of all kinds, whenever my modest inputs are required to help ship better products, I like to say this: “Let’s make this feature work like a drum!” This expression is not my own – I “inherited” it from a good front-end developer friend, but it represents a principle in product design that I follow (more on that later). And believe it or not, it all started with cars and drums and LSD… as in Lean Software Development. Since we happen to be humans (even the geekiest of us), it often helps to remember why simplicity is the mother of genius – because simple things break less. This notion is at the core of great products and customer experiences.

Non-removable Apple Batteries. Why?

Written by Author SN. Posted in - Everything, Creativity, Outreach, Portfolio, Product Management, Real estate, Research, Retail, UX Boom

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Introduction: Permanent vs. Removable Batteries

Laptop batteriesIs usability of portable devices better when their batteries can be removed on the fly? Definitely. As a business developer who has spent countless months on the road in my career, I am yet to find a way to justify preferring a portable power bank over a simple, removable battery. Still, there are many schools of thought on this topic – both regarding Apple’s products specifically and regarding product strategy in general. There are five reasons device manufacturers do this, and there are three why they shouldn’t. This is not a numbers game, but I feel in this case 3>5. Let’s explore the pros and the cons of device usability in the context of fixed – or permanent – batteries in portable devices.

Selling Rocket Engines? Houses? Twinkies? Do better as a Product Manager!

Written by Author SN. Posted in - Everything, Creativity, Outreach, Portfolio, Product Management, Real estate, Research, Retail, UX Boom

Original post: November 25, 2014 | GoogleScholar | Academia.edu

Why Product Management

Scope of Product Management disciplineAt a recent technology Meetup in San Francisco (which I attended with a friend exclusively for the free doughnuts, but of course), I learned that many aspiring product designers (people in software, in fashion, in real estate, and everyone in-between) would love to explore careers in Product Management but don’t know where to start. This is a natural trend of thought among progressive thinkers in many disciplines, including the IT specifically: those who have mastered a singe technical domain often want to broaden their career horizons by applying their talents and experience in a strategic context, which is in fact how many good product managers are born. In this discussion, I offer my personal insight into the science of Product Management, as well as an extensive list of resources for those who aspire to become product managers.