Scott Forstall and Steven Sinofsky – two great product visionaries fired in a span of 2 weeks!

To me, personally, the last two-three weeks have been the most tumultuous and it has really nothing to do with me but the product behemoths – Apple and Microsoft – and their grossly incorrect decisions!

Here’s what happened.

About two weeks ago, Scott Forstall (iOS Chief) was fired from Apple by CEO, Tim Cook for apparently not signing on an Apple Maps apology letter to consumers.

About two days ago, Steven Sinofsky (Windows 7 and Windows 8 and Surface Chief) was fired from Microsoft by CEO, Steve Ballmer for apparently not collaborating enough with other teams.

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Lean startup principles

If you are in this exciting field of Product Management and have not really heard of the Lean Startup movement yet, you must be living in a cave!

http://theleanstartup.com/

http://steveblank.com/

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Inside Intuit

This book is a must read to see how customer driven innovation has resulted in the creation of a multi billion $ enterprise – Intuit.

Intuit today commands over 80% of the personal finance market in USA (Quicken/Mint)
and over 80% of the small business accounting market (Quickbooks desktop and Quickbooks online) as also 80% of the personal tax market (Turbotax) – a seasonal market in USA.

How did Scott Cook do it? Read this book to gain valuable insights into what the strategy is to do the opposite of what Steve Jobs did – technology driven innovation I.e. customer driven innovation.

http://www.insideintuit.com/

Also read up:
http://www.theleanstartup.com/