If you confuse platforms with products, you’re making a big error


The word ‘platform’ is simultaneously used to describe many things, causing confusion on a grand scale in businesses and technology teams.

Portfolios, Programmes, Products, Projects and Problems — the 5Ps — are all about how you chunk up work…

It’s critical to understand how Portfolios, Programmes, Projects, Products and Problems — the 5Ps — fit together and how to navigate them in your career. Start here.


It’s the new gold rush — product management — but products are not new.

The Gutenburg Bible, the first genuine product, was released in 1455. It wasn’t the first printed book — the Chinese managed this in the 9th Century — but it was the first book planned as a…


How an old management concept is just as relevant today as it was in the 1970s.

A classic article with new implications — Who’s Got the Monkey?

I recently re-read one of Harvard Business Review’s most bought articles, Management Time: Who’s Got The Monkey? It appears in several of my HBR books — a great way to recycle content. I always…

Most methodologies prescribe them, yet they don’t work. What can we do about it?

The theory of lessons learned is simple. By asking the right questions at the right time, we can harvest the knowledge gained from conducting a project, both what went well and what didn’t go so well. The idea is to repeat the positives and avoid the same mistakes in future…

Work has changed forever. Even when we’re back in the office, we’ll need to lead teams that are sometimes in the office for the long term. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned that you can apply too.

Hybrid working is the new norm.

As we start to return to the office, we want to…


If you are trying to develop your skills, here’s how you should be learning.

Why is workplace learning important?

We live in a world that’s changing quickly. Some of the myriad trends that are changing the workplace include an increasing reliance on innovation and transaction platforms, the rise of automation to replace people, cloud technologies


If you keep this simple matrix in mind, you will rarely make poor decisions about the opportunities in your career

We’re often faced with decision points in our careers, some large and some very small:

  • Paying to do some training yourself
  • Asking to go on a training course
  • Whether to take a new assignment
  • Volunteering your professional or private time to a project
  • How to spend that free hour that…


What we’ve learned from the experience to better prepare ourselves for old age.

How to prepare for old age

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Both my father-in-law and my uncle were supposed to die first. After all, the life expectancy of men is lower than for women. …


Why you’re in danger of wasting your training budget without a curriculum in place

My niece spent some time with us recently, visiting from Hong Kong. If you’ve ever been to Hong Kong, or seen it on TV, you’ll know that it has more high rise buildings than just about…


Here is a list of great books and blogs on the process of learning that apply to corporate learning and development, all of which are well-researched and evidenced.

Why learn about learning?

I have long had a passion for professional learning and have been involved in the professional education of project, programme and product…

John Davidson

John is a program manager with a passion for coaching. He writes about the 5Ps — Portfolios, Programs, Projects, Products and Problems, for home and work.

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