7 Biggest Issues Faced by Management Teams in Mature Software Companies

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So you’ve broken through that difficult startup phase, become profitable and maybe even have reached a dominant share of you market segment. Times are good and that usually lasts for a while. You’ve become what’s known as a mid-sized or even a large software company. In much of this article we’ll refer to this stage […]

Has Interim Management & Virtual Employment Reached Critical Mass?

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Are we heading towards what some have termed the “1099 economy”? For those of you outside of the US, 1099 refers to the tax form which defines money earned as coming from “contract work” rather than as a permanent employee of a company. I’ve heard that the era of the contract/temp/interim/consultant worker has arrived many […]

Balancing Strategy and Execution in Tech Companies

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Most of us have heard some variation of the old axiom “Don’t worry about strategy, it’s all in the execution”. I often say myself that I prefer an average strategy and great execution to the opposite. But the reality is that in most cases in a tech business you need to do a pretty good […]

You Should Hire Your First Product Manager When……

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In a technology startup company there are many functions that are deemed “critical”. Unless the company is heavily funded – probably by institutional capital – even some of the most critical functions are often not individually staffed in the beginning. Much of the time a founder or early employee splits time between several functions, doing […]

Platforms, Applications and the Software Market Lifecycle

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In the early days of a software market segment people building new software often try to be all things to all people. The segment is usually growing fast and the idea is to meet as many market needs as possible. But as a segment expands, becomes more competitive (sometimes fiercely competitive) and eventually matures, the […]