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Product Management as a Service Organization

Posted by Marty Cagan on January 13, 2010

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Probably one of the most common complaints I get from CEO's of mid- to large-sized companies is the lack of innovation and thought leadership from their product organization.   They see the money they spend on product managers, designers, engineers and QA, yet they often see only marginal improvements to the business.  Yet in most of these organizations, when I look at their roadmaps (these organizations rarely have product strategies), they’re littered with literally hundreds of specific features and incremental enhancements.

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Outsourcing Core Competencies

Posted by Marty Cagan on November 13, 2009

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I work exclusively with commercial software product organizations.  Organizations that must create products and services that thousands or millions of users must make an independent decision to use or buy.   This is in contrast to custom software companies that create software purely for internal use.  But since many companies have moved from custom to product software I often find companies with behaviors and practices inherited from their prior life as a custom software company, but one practice that really deeply bothers me is when I find a product organization that is outsourcing core competencies.

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