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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Why Sometimes You Need to be Different

There is nothing wrong with bench-marking, comparing and trying to keep up with your competitors but you also need to make sure you are taking time to do something different once in a while.  Be the leader and have someone follow you for once!

This isn't the secret sauce or the golden ticket but if all you do is follow you will never lead, your teams will settle for second and your customers will get excited elsewhere.  To be always following means a life of being that other site, product or firm.  Now that doesn't sound like anything fun.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Idea of Incremental Development

Why is it that we often think it has to be different to be a winner, you can be very successful in eCommerce product management by taking an incremental approach.  I am not suggesting that you need to slowly improve your product but everything doesn't have to be different to win. Build things that make your core better vs moving away your core and distracting the business.

Look at what Google is doing with Google+, this isn't about a fancy new social platform but about making your experience with Google better. It ties everything neatly together and makes search, their core product, better. In addition, Google knows they will get users on Google+ as if you use their core today (Google Search, Android, Youtube, blogger etc) you can make the experience better with Google+, hence the name.

So figure out what your core is and start making it better...being incremental doesn't mean be boring.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Do what you love and love what you do

Life is too short to not love what you do, find something you can embrace and don`t let go.  You will know you are in the right spot when what you do doesn`t seem like work, it inspires you to push further and harder.  In the end money can`t be the reason you do what you do, it needs to be about the enjoyment you get from day to day life of which your calling is a big part of.  This doesn`t mean work will be perfect (nothing ever is) but if all you see is a job that you dread going into everyday you need to find something that will make you happy.  Trust me, it is worth it.