Developer Powered Innovation

Posted by marty cagan on May 19, 2016

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There is a very common fallacy about developers in our industry, and I think it hurts countless companies.

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Product Success

Posted by marty cagan` on May 2, 2016

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Exactly a year ago I was invited to give a keynote at the Craft Conference in Budapest and I discussed the 10 biggest reasons why product teams fail.  You can watch that talk here, or read the narrative article here.

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Women in Product

Posted by marty cagan on April 12, 2016

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Note 1: I’m focusing in this article on women, however, my points here are intended to apply to all under-represented groups.

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Discovery Coaches

Posted by marty cagan on March 10, 2016

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In my last article on Discovery Sprints I mentioned the concept of Discovery Coaches and several people asked me about that, so I thought I’d describe more about what this role is and when it’s helpful.

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Discovery Sprints

Posted by marty cagan on February 29, 2016

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I find that many teams, especially those new to modern product techniques, are looking for a structured introduction to modern product discovery.  In this article, I’d like to describe the concept of a discovery sprint, and also introduce you to a new book that goes into depth on this technique.

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When Performance Is Measured By Results

Posted by marty cagan on February 8, 2016

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NOTE: I was invited to write the foreword for Christina Wodke’s new book on OKR’s, Radical Focus, and I am sharing the foreword here.

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Devolving From Good To Bad

Posted by marty cagan on January 11, 2016

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Lots of people have written about the challenges of managing growth.  Especially about the importance of working hard to maintain staff quality as you scale the organization.  There is little question that most organizations become worse in their ability to rapidly deliver consistent innovation as they grow, yet most people attribute this to staff quality and also process and communication issues of scale.  Some believe that this is unavoidable.  

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Product For Legacy Companies

Posted by marty cagan on December 29, 2015

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NOTE: This article is from the foreword to the new 2nd Edition of The Art of Scalability by Marty Abbott and Michael Fisher.  I’m reprinting it here because quite a few people have written me asking how to get their old-style company to start behaving more like a modern technology-powered business.

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Missionaries vs. Mercenaries

Posted by marty cagan on November 24, 2015

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One of my all-time favorite quotes in our industry comes by way of the legendary VC, John Doerr, where he argues that "we need teams of missionaries, not teams of mercenaries.” This point captures so much, and gets right to the heart of the most important trait of strong leaders, strong organizations, and strong product teams.

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Innovation vs. Execution

Posted by marty cagan on November 10, 2015

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In my last article I discussed how we need to simultaneously learn fast in product discovery, yet still release with confidence in product delivery. I got a very good response from this article, as well as many questions as to how teams can get better at one or both.  This quickly gets into a very deep discussion of culture.  You can think of this as the characteristics of a strong innovation culture, versus those of a strong execution culture.

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