Organizing product management

I'm running the 2008 product management survey data through the final analysis, fighting pivot tables in Excel and using three other programs when I can't make Excel do what I want it to do. I should have something for you to see in a few weeks.

During this analysis, I keep thinking about organizations. Drucker taught that organizational structure doesn't solve problems but they do remove some natural barriers. Perhaps that's why we're seeing a trend toward product management being its own department, distinct from engineering and marketing.


More thoughts on organization can be found in Where Does Product Management Belong in the Organization?

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Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson was a founding instructor at Pragmatic Institute, a role he held for more than 15 years before he left to start Under10 Playbook. In his return to Pragmatic Institute, Steve supports the complete learning path for product teams, ensuring they are fully armed for success. 

Over the course of his career, Steve has helped thousands of companies and tens of thousands of product professionals implement product management processes. He has worked in the high-tech arena since 1981, rising through the ranks from product manager to chief marketing officer. Steve has experience in technical, sales and marketing management positions at companies that specialize in both hardware and software. In addition, he is an author, speaker and advisor on product strategy and product management.

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