by Saeed Khan
This is the first in a series of retrospective posts looking back at 10 years on this blog.
Ah, 2007, I remember it well (kind of). OK, I had to do some research, but once I did that, I remembered it much better.
- Mad Men debuted in 2007, and we said goodbye to the Sopranos (RIP James Gandolfini)
- Super Mario Galaxy and Bioshock were the hot video games
- J.K. Rowling published the final instalment of the Harry Potter series, (… and the Deathly Hallows), and the fifth movie (… and the Order of the Phoenix) was in theatres.
- The mortgage bubble burst in the United States, starting what would become the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression (but we were still ignorant to it’s full impact back then)
- And a weird phone without a keyboard called the iPhone was announced in January, but wouldn’t be available until late June, (so Alan still didn’t have one when we launched the blog in early June.)
There were a LOT of other more important things going on in the world that year (turmoil in Pakistan, mass protests in Myanmar, the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, etc.) but Time and Newsweek etc. can give you THAT information.
In that context we started the blog AND gave it the tagline
Three Product Managers, One Blog and You
The tagline was fitting. Just like the title of the blog – On Product Management – the tagline simply described what the blog was about. Simple, factual, inclusive.
Alan Leaves Product Management
In his first blog post, and the FIRST post on the blog(!!), Alan announced he’d moved out of Product Management and into Business Development.
Thanks for the commitment Alan. :-). On the first day, the Tagline turns out to be incorrect.
We wrote about Products
Saeed essentially wrote a love letter about my Dyson Vacuum.
Alan wrote less than flattering things about the Microsoft Surface. When any object is referred to as “big ass”, it’s almost always unflattering.
Ethan blogged about several things, but most notably gave his thoughts on the emerging iPhone and Blackberry war. He didn’t see the iPhone as much of a threat to the Blackberry – at least in the immediate future.
“Get a paper bag and breathe deeply for a few minutes because hyperventilation can be dangerous guys.”
And Alan, with growing iPhone envy, wrote about the iPhone. Actually he wrote about a site that helps people find bathrooms etc. near where iPhones were being sold. I think this was just personal research he was doing, but made for a good blog post. 🙂
We also blogged on…
- the problems with roadmaps,
- understanding product management maturity
- why do PMs complain about sales people
- the need for better software demos
- understanding change management
- and this (sort of) new thing called Software-as-a-Service
And that was only in June 2007!!!
Other notable posts in 2007 included the following:
- A book review of Luke Hohmann’s Innovation Games
- Structuring Product Management Teams – Part 1 and Part 2 – a topic still not well understood in 2017
- The Cranky PM’s new arrival – Happy 10th birthday Cranky kid!
- A 6-part series entitled How to be a GREAT Product Manager.
- This became a very popular series and drove a lot of traffic to the blog. It was inspired by Ken Norton’s post (way back then) entitled, How to hire a Product Manager.
- Alan traveled to Boston, got his iPhone, and blogged about the experience
- Given’s Alan’s defection to Business Development, Alan and Saeed sparred (professionally of course) over the intersection and impacts of BizDev and Product Management.
- Saeed wrote (with his usual skepticism), a post comparing iPhone and iPod Touch.
- Ethan uncovered one of the first mainstream articles on technology Product Managers that I recall. From the NY Times nonetheless!
- Saeed wrote admiringly of California’s Disneyland, viewed through the eyes of a Product Manager
- Alan took a blogging break in September
Our blogging fervor slowed in the last quarter of 2007. I don’t recall why. Maybe with the summer over, and focus on work, we all became busy(er). But there were still some good insights to be shared.
- Alan shared some newfound insights for Product Managers from a sales perspective. I liked the title – To the sales people, you are just a chicken.
- Ethan discussed Transparency in Product Priorities – or how to be open and inclusive with your product planning process
- Saeed started writing a series entitled Product Manager vs. Product Management, focusing on roles, responsibilities, duties and the Product Management maturity cycle.
- Alan also shared some personal experiences and good insights into how to handle and manage change – a key area of concern for all Product Managers.
- In a brief but insightful post, Ethan saw the future (but maybe not the dominance of Amazon itself), with a post entitled The end of Infrastructure, about Amazon’s (then) nascent Web Services offerings.
- And in what may have been an indication of where Alan’s career was headed, he wrote his first post on Win/Loss analysis
So that’s it. Hope you enjoy revisiting these posts. More to come in the near future.
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Saeed Khan is a founder and Managing Editor of On Product Management, and has worked for the last 20 years in high-technology companies building and managing market leading products. He also speaks regularly at events on the topic of product management and product leadership. You can contact him via Twitter @saeedwkhan or via the Contact Us page on this blog.