Product committee’s/product councils

It is no secret Steve Jobs disregarded product committees. Adam Lashinsky’s book, Inside Apple. Clearly articulates this vision – http://www.amazon.com/Inside-Apple-Americas-Admired-Secretive-Company/dp/145551215X

Clearly, consensus decision making was not his forte albeit he gave importance to only one thing: may the best idea win! So, why then do I disregard hierarchy and committee based decision making from my own product management experience?

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Microsoft product aka ‘Program management’

I was recently speaking to folks from Microsoft.

Microsoft is a very successful product company so it is but natural (even to a die-hard Apple fanatic like me!) to first speak of Microsoft’s product management discipline called ‘Program Management’.

Microsoft’s Program Managers are very much product managers owning their product.

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