The business solar system

Money or profit is the sun. Mercury is sales. The closest to it, taking all the heat. The ones on the sun side are cold calling, direct sales. On the backside, in the hot dark, commercial contracts, deals, and new business. Venus is marketing. Looking cool on the outside but a literal hell on theContinue reading “The business solar system”

Be Better: Don’t Be Hooked ™

“all humans are motivated to seek pleasure and avoid pain, to seek hope and avoid fear, and finally, to seek social acceptance and avoid rejection.” ― Nir Eyal, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products First, ignore pleasure Pleasure is temporary. Pleasure comes to you without your effort of seeking it out. The only thing you have toContinue reading “Be Better: Don’t Be Hooked ™”

I hate the MVP culture

In product development, the minimum viable product (MVP) is a product with just enough features to gather validated learning about the product and its continued development. (the wiki) This is what happens when efficiency concepts permeate culture. The MVP, a good idea gone bad: Tinder the MVP of dating Online dating as the MVP of courtshipContinue reading “I hate the MVP culture”

Opinion on medium.com

You can’t make unicorns like that. Automattic, the “WordPress company”, is valued at 1.16 Billion medium.com is valued at 600 million medium is supposed to be an unicorn This is peanuts. Asking for money for profile tools? Paying for premium access to followers? Ha ha! It is as if google would drop its advertising business and getContinue reading “Opinion on medium.com”

What is product management?

© 2011 Martin Eriksson. Re-use with appropriate attribution. In a previous article I have talked about management in general. I was explaining my opinion on how management is any activity that creates empowerment. By effect, management as an activity should result in ability, motivation, drive and action. But it is only management if the fourContinue reading “What is product management?”

What Is Management?

​First management is not a “business term”. Management is just a generic human activity, mainly: Management is any activity that creates empowerment But what is empowerment? Empowerment is the complex result of of ability, motivation, drive and action. Only when all four components are active, does empowerment start. There are four basic tenants of empowerment:Continue reading “What Is Management?”