In my last article on Inspiring Product Leaders (see www.svpg.com/blog/files/inspiring-product-leaders.html) I wrote about executives that are deeply involved in the company's products, and I talked about how these are my favorite types of leaders for tech companies. Several of you wrote to me that you had such a leader, but you were
struggling to find ways to work effectively and contribute when the leader of the company is so hands-on in the product.
Last week Silicon Valley and the Internet industry lost one of its pioneers. For those that knew him, Mike Homer was unique and unforgettable. I worked for him for a time at Netscape, where he was the one of the principals there, initially running the marketing organization, and later the Internet portal effort.
Last week I ran into two different software technology companies (neither in Silicon Valley) that had just recently brought in Six Sigma consultants. This caught me by surprise because it¹s been a very long time since I heard of a technology company even considering this. I'm hoping this was an anomaly, but in the spirit of "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," I thought it's important to discuss quality-centric methodologies like Six Sigma.