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Product Management and The Cyber Revolution

Do you read books?

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I was at Tel-Aviv University today.  In the Social Sciences Library they are giving away books.  Giving away books for free!

It made me realize books are dying.  Libraries as we know them are fading away.  One day your grandchildren will come to visit and they will look at your books and ask “…hey, what’s this?”  What will you say?  Will you tell them that for thousands of years this was knowledge, wisdom, education?

Go to your book shelf, take a book, feel its weight, smell it.  Then realize that we are the last generation that will experience books in this way.

The world will never be the same again.

In the Product Management course, I try to explain that we are going through a revolution, a cyber-revolution.  How is this going to impact your product?

What products are in danger?  Think how fast things are changing.  Remember voicemail?  Remember Comverse?  Remember older Cellphones?  Remember Nokia?   Remember sewing machines?  Remember the typewriter?

What is next?  What does the future hold for telecom?  What will happen to traditional Billing Systems?  What will be of the computer desktop? Will they survive, and where will Amdocs, Ericsson and Microsoft be in 10 years?

In the meantime – go smell your books.

Science Fiction, Star Wars and the Future – Prediction in Product Management

Niels Bohr, the Danish Physicist (1885 – 1962), said that predictions are difficult especially about the future. We all make predictions all the time. We have to. Specifically if you are part of a technology company. You need to consider what direction to take with your product.

What can we learn from Science Fiction? Do you watch a science fiction film and think “wow, this is the way life is going to be like”? Can we look at science fiction that was done 50 years ago and see if the writer was able to predict the ways things are today?

What can we learn from the Science Fiction predictions? What can we learn from the miss-predictions?

Think about Star Trek. How technology was predicted? Is there technology there that shaped our future (Cell Phones)? Is there technology that is yet to come – “Beam me up, Scotty”?

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Think about Blade Runner[1], written in 1968 by Phillip K Dick, depicting life on earth at 2020. We are almost at there. Can we compare the way Phillip K Dick foresaw 2020, or Ridley Scott[2] in the film adaptation (1982), to what 2020 will really be like?

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Think about Minority Report, Written in 1956 by the same author adapted to screen in 2001 by Steven Spielberg[3], depicting life in 2040. Is this the movie that predicted the iPhone touch screen?

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This lecture series focuses on these questions from a technology-product perspective. We will be looking on how Science Fiction creators look at the future and see what we can learn from it.
What does the prediction process look like? What do we consider? What do we ignore? Where do we predict well? Where do we fall?
How can we predict more successfully?
Lecture 1 of 3 is by Lior Zadicareo, Partner at StarVision and Product Management Expert


[1] Story by Phillip K. Dick is “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”, Film by Ridley Scott named “Blade Runner”
[2] Screen Play by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples.
[3] Screen Play by Frank Scott and Jon Cohen

The Final Showdown: The Product Manager and the Product Owner

It happens every time. Organization goes Agile. Smart move. Development organization makes the adjustments. Many adjustments. Next you see sticky notes hanging on office walls and in conference rooms. The art of the hi-tech generation.

Agile has many benefits for some tech organizations.

But one of the dilemmas that Agile raises is around where do requirements come from and how Product Management is incorporated or interfaced into the Agile organization.

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Does the Agile Product Owner replace the Product Manager?
If Question Above = Yes
Then
Does the Product Owner assume all the responsibilities of the Product Manager?
Else
What is the relationship between the Product Owner and the Product Manager?
The Final Showdown: The Product Manager and the Product Owner
It happens every time. Organization goes Agile. Smart move. Development organization makes the adjustments. Many adjustments. Next you see sticky notes hanging on office walls and in conference rooms. The art of the hi-tech generation.
Agile has many benefits for some tech organizations.
But one of the dilemmas that Agile raises is around where do requirements come from and how Product Management is incorporated or interfaced into the Agile organization.

Does the Agile Product Owner replaces the Product Manager?
If Question Above = Yes
Then
Does the Product Owner assume all the responsibilities of the Product Manager?
Else
What is the relationship between the Product Owner and the Product Manager?

Product Management Experts.