Toby Rogers

Punk Rock Product Management, Productivity & Personal Growth

Military strategists can teach you a lot about leading a business team. Before the 1960s, there was no such thing as strategy in business. Strategy was for military historians and the future battlefield leaders being trained at academies like Sandhurst and West Point.

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The Agile Manifesto might advocate individuals and interactions over processes and tools, but that doesn’t mean you should throw them all out the window. Without a framework to help drive product delivery, you’ll waste time scratching around for ideas. Coming up with new products and bringing them to market is a process, after all; you just need to make sure you’re following the right one.

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The disciplines of Product Management and Project Management are so intertwined that in many companies the same person is responsible for both. Look closely, though, and you’ll find some fundamental differences between the two roles that, if ignored, can have a huge impact on your organisation’s ability to deliver world class products. Great Product Management is about much more than just delivering against the milestones on your Gantt Chart, after all.

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Saving Private Ryan is Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece. Forget the sentimentality of the plot; the brutality of war is encapsulated in mind-blowing intensity from the onset, as American GIs are torn to pieces on the beaches of Normandy. But despite being arguably the finest war movie ever made, at its heart is a story of the relationships between men at the most trying time imaginable.

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Is there really one productivity system to rule them all? Millions of words have been written on the best ways to get things done, but that doesn’t mean there’s a right way. Productivity, after all, is dependent on the will of the individual. Just because David Allen says “do it my way”, it doesn’t mean everyone will experience the same results; you’ve got to make personal productivity tips work for you, after all.

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Great communication is a cornerstone of effective leadership, but as an INTJ-A personality, my natural approach is to let my direct reports just get on with their jobs without me getting in the way.

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