Archive for February, 2007

How to present for reaching agreement (and let RUP help you)

Guy Kawasaki (from my post last year on top ten lies of engineers) has a 10/20/30  rule for any PowerPoint presentation aiming to reach agreement.

It’s quite simple: a PowerPoint presentation should have ten slides, last no more than twenty minutes, and contain no font smaller than thirty points.

An example are presentations used to convince venture specialists to invest in your product. According to Guy, the ten slides should be:

  1. Problem
  2. Your solution
  3. Business model
  4. Underlying magic/technology
  5. Marketing and sales
  6. Competition
  7. Team
  8. Projections and milestones
  9. Status and timeline
  10. Summary and call to action

As you can see, another use for the RUP problem statement (1. Problem) and product-position statement (2. Your Solution).

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How to be a bad/good productmanager (and let RUP help you)

How To Be A Good Product Manager is a blog written by Jeff Lash that provides regular tips on good product management practices. While it focuses more on managing technical and online products, most of the concepts are appropriate for broader product management purposes.

I especially like the format of the posts, which follow the format:

If you want to be a bad productmanager, <follow some things you should not do>

If you want to be a good productmanager, keep reading ->

I was attracted to this site by the post stating Track customer requests appropriately and gave some RUP-related advice there: use your problem statement and product-position statement as tools for deciding which customer requests to include in your next release.

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