14 February 2011

On blogging with Scott Selhorst from Tyner Blain

Scott Selhorst publishes a blog called Tyner Blain.  It provides outstanding analysis and deconstruction of analysis and requirements activities that support good product management.

What's the most important thing you've learned in the last 5 years of blogging?

"Giving it away for free" is the best thing I could have done for my business. Messrs Godin, Doctorow and others were right, my mom was wrong. Writing articles helps me get better. Having conversations about those topics helps me get smarter. Those conversations lead to great and often inspiring connections, some friendships, and some work opportunities.

Why are you still blogging on product management?

I grew from "try to write great software" into "try to solve really valuable problems" as my progression of increasing the impact of what I do. That doesn't take me out of business analysis / product management. Ever. Only reason I would stop would be if I took a next step to becoming a founder. But I'd still be a "product guy."

What do you think you'll be blogging about in 5 years? (And will you still be going?)

Yes. Creating great products.

What's the biggest social media mistake you've made?

Under-emphasizing the collaborative opportunities of being in the space. "Mistake by inaction."

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