12/12/11 Taking a fresh look at Product Strategy w/ Prabhakar Gopalan @PGopalan
by prodmgmttalk

Product strategy is a topic in the minds of everyone involved with developing and selling a product. Most product failures are attributed to "bad strategy". This discussion will take a look at product strategy from a fresh perspective - from that of the experimental school . We’ll compare and contrast the experimental approach with the more prevalent “God complex” approach. What we share and learn could inspire us to challenge and test our approaches to strategy as a practice going forward.

Prabhakar Gopalan, Strategy Consultant, will be speaking at the weekly Global Product Management Talk on Twitter Monday, December 12, 2011 at 4:00 PM Pacific Time, which will be Tuesday, December 13 at 11:00 AM Australian Time using the hashtag #prodmgmttalk

Each week, The Global Product Management Talk is a real time event featuring an expert guest speaker who asks questions of the participants on Twitter in a Socratic discussion. The speaker and co-hosts broadcast their audio comments over BlogTalkRadio. The transcript of Tweets and podcast are available after the live event.

Prabhakar Gopalan is a strategy consultant based in Austin, Texas and a corporate strategist at Dell. Prabhakar founded Whole Mind Consulting, an innovation driven management consulting firm. His experience spans working in a number of roles in product management, product marketing and consulting services at large and small technology firms. He is a popular speaker at ProductCamp Austin. Prabhakar’s blog postings can be found at the popular product management blog, http://onproductmanagement.net as well as building4.tumblr.com

Prabhakar says: "I'm very excited to participate in The Global Product Management Talk on Twitter. I'm hoping to learn and share insights from a curious group of product leaders. Speaking of experiments, this (ProdMgmtTalk) is a fantastic one!"

Questions to be discussed:
Q1 Who owns product strategy in your organization? product management? product marketing? development? does it matter?
Q2 How many of you write and follow a 'strategy document'? Does it actually work?
Q3 Does your executive team take strategy input from your team or from some other source? (e.g. external consulting firms)
Q4 What would be one reason your product strategy failed? (past/present/an experience)
Q5 Does your business have a long term roadmap and what value does it provide?
[How many of you have a product 3+ year roadmap? How good have you been on delivering what's on your roadmap? Do you think it makes sense to have one? (long term)]
Q6 How does organizational design affect strategy?
Q7 Do executives in your organization empower line managers and developers to experiment?
Q8 How do agile development methods affect (positively) in your product strategy?
Q9 Does cloud computing help you in your experiments? In what ways, how?
Q10 If there's one small experiment you'd do tomorrow, what would it be?

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