Product management in an era of disruptive innovation
by Nagarjun Kandukuru, VP - Emerging Opportunities at ThoughtWorks on Aug 21, 2012
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[Made at SP Jain, Mumbai. Aug 2012] ...
[Made at SP Jain, Mumbai. Aug 2012]
We live in an era of massive disruptive innovation. More than at any other time in history of industry, we are witness to the massive upheaval of established incumbents – and their replacement by aggressive upstarts. Depending on your point of view this sea change provides massive opportunity – or a terrifying existential threat.
This new reality places substantial burdens on managers. Historical tools of product management are obsolete – and there is an attendant critical need for new practices.
Product management doctrine was based on a core principle best described as “Big up-front design”. The assumption was of a predictable future that could be analyzed – and planned for. Emphasis in this paradigm was on executing according to the plan. However, an analysis of the historical success rates for new business innovation has demonstrated that this process has been, at best, an abysmal failure.
New practices have emerged to enable product managers to adjust to a world of uncertainty. These are based on the premise of fast response to change rather than big up-front planning. They are predicated on documenting business models and conducting focused experiments to validate key assumptions. New practices and concepts have emerged: Customer Development, Business Model Canvas, Lean Startup, and Minimum Viable Product.
In this presentation, we introduce these new concepts – and describe how they can be integrated into new practices of product management that are effective in dynamic and disruptive environments. We provide an overview of the structure and application of these practices and their associated tools.
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