I’m a fan of Sam Harris. His recent episode (full video above) about the attack on the U.S. Capitol is excellent. But he makes a couple of uncharacteristic errors in his argument.

Sam’s a talented debater and I’m less talented, but I wonder how he’d respond to this criticism.

Error #1: The “violence on both sides” trap

We’ve all heard the right-wing say that the attack on the U.S. Capitol was no different than the destruction to public property caused during some of the BLM protests over the summer. This is a ludicrous false equivalency. Harris recognizes it as such, calling it “idiotic”. …

Enterprise IT workload trends

Source: 451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise: Digital Pulse, Vendor Evaluations 2019

I’m re-posting this, which was originally published on the Prime Data Centers blog. It’s quality research that we’re offering with no irritating lead magnet gate. Feel free to download here.

SaaS vs IaaS vs PaaS, and more for data centers

January 24, 2020

In coordination with 451 Research, we’ve just published this short Business Impact Brief regarding key geographic and infrastructure considerations for your next datacenter investment.

In 451 Research’s “Voice of the Enterprise: Digital Pulse, Vendor Evaluations 2019” study, over 650 respondents were asked the question: “ Thinking about all of your organization’s workloads/applications, where are the majority of these currently deployed? Where will the majority of these be…

Public Roadmaps and User Feedback

GLIDR’s Public Portal Feature Is Now Live!

mapping out a road trip
Photo by Tabea Damm on Unsplash

Staying close to all of your product stakeholders helps product managers succeed, and the more that product teams can shorten feedback and iteration loops, the better. In that vein, the GLIDR team is excited to announce the release of an important new feature: the Public Portal.

Blending qualitative and quantitative

Right brain, meet left brain

product management data represented in charts and graphs on a laptop screen
Photo by Luke Chesser on Unsplash

The role of Product Manager is a subtle one — crucial yet reliant on the power of persuasion, technical yet deeply human. As you try to tie all of the pieces together to get both global and granular about what you’re trying to build, influence becomes your true currency. Your effectiveness depends not only on finding the best path forward, but on your ability to get a whole range of decision-makers and team leaders to align with your game plan.

The good news is, getting buy-in doesn’t have to mean convincing your CEO. In fact, the right level of support…

Clutch Product Management App Integrations

Tighten Your Product Discovery/Delivery Loops

Product management vs project management: bring them together with the GLIDR integration with Trello
🆕 GLIDR <> Trello integration

We’re excited to announce our latest integration: Trello! It’s one of the most commonly used project management tools out there, especially amongst fans of Kanban-style visualization. It lets teams work collaboratively on different projects and tasks, regardless of the type of work they are doing.

The new GLIDR/Trello integration bridges the gap between product management teams and development teams using Trello to track delivery activities. It also makes GLIDR your hub for connecting aggregated product knowledge, making sure the data behind the decisions are not lost in the process.

GLIDR’s new integration works with the free version of Trello, so…

Project Management vs Product Management

What should a product roadmap actually look like?

Gantt chart example, credit: Wikimedia
old-school Gantt chart, credit: Wikimedia

It’s been nearly four decades since Microsoft developed their Project application as an internal management tool to organize their various software development projects. In 1984, they released it to the public (on floppy disk…CDs didn’t really become a software download mechanism until the mid-90s), and within a few years it became the dominant project-management software for the PC universe.

Microsoft Project incorporated a Gantt chart to visualize chains of events, providing a tidy picture of what and when to facilitate a practical, linear view of project management. Indeed the Gantt chart is still the most common visualization of project management.


Putting continuous discovery into practice

On this blog, we’ve often discussed the important difference between “product discovery” and “product delivery”. The former answers the question “What should we build?”, while the latter answers “How should we build it?”.

Even in 2019, too many product management teams jump right into product delivery, which can turn you into a feature factory. Most of the software tools out there are centered around product delivery. The easy way to tell is whether the central visual output looks like a Gantt chart…it focuses on who, when, and how, but not the all-important why.

GLIDR has always been focused on product…


Pruning, deprecating, consolidating, sunsetting 🌆

Photo by Todd Trapani on Unsplash

This is Part 2 of our two-part series on simplicity in product management. Part 1 is “*Not* Building: The Role of Simplicity in Product Management”.

In Part 1, we outlined how product teams can avoid becoming feature factories. That is one big part of bringing simplicity to product management. It’s not all of it however.

Even product teams that have avoided becoming a feature factory by focusing on customer outcomes over product/eng team output sometimes ship products that fail (to meet expectations). Sometimes it’s a good idea, with poor timing or execution, and sometimes it’s just a bad idea 💩.


Eliminating feature factories

Photo by Daniel Korpai on Unsplash

Nearly every conversation about product management is about building something: either a new product or adding a feature to an existing one. In fact, many product teams are judged primarily by how many features they ship.

Yet most of the things we’re shipping are failing.

In their 2019 Feature Adoption Report, Pendo — an analytics platform that helps product teams understand and guide their users — determined that 80% of features in the average software product are rarely or never used. This translates into $29.5 billion that publicly traded companies spent on underutilized features in 2018. …

Jonathan Falker

Head of Marketing at Prime Data Centers (@primedatacentrs). Ex @Intel, @Sunrun, @Your2ndAddress. Hoya, Trojan. Enjoying mountain life in Truckee.

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