What the Witchblade anime series reminded me about product management

Witchblade is an anime series based on the comic book by the same name. On the surface, the show is about women in bikinis fighting monsters.

Which describes, roughly, 50% of the anime Japan has produced.

But having just finished the series, I can attest there’s more to the Witchblade anime than that.

Image source: Witchblade: The Anime

Every episode of Witchblade season one began with this explanation…

“Sought by the greed of men since the dawn of human kind, but only bestowed upon the women whose fate it forever scars… The Witchblade. Is it the righteous sword of God? Or hand of the Devil himself? Now a new bearer has been chosen. And she must discover the answers for herself. As she stands on the brink of destiny, she is forced to seek the balance between ecstasy and ruin.”

If that doesn’t sound like product management, what does?

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Prevent Good Metrics From Going Bad

Jeremy Horn from The Product Guy blog graciously invited me to guest post this week. The topic is dealing with the human factor as it relates to measuring product performance.

It’s nearly always a mistake to ignore the Human Factor.
Image source: “Durarara” via Crunchyroll

Because while many great discussions about metrics in product management do a thorough job of looking at metrics from an objective, logical point of view, they remain silent on the consumption of those metrics and the behavioral reaction to those metrics.

And if humans are involved in that process, that’s a big mistake.

Read my guest post which includes three tips on avoiding the misuse of metrics.

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Robotech’s #1 Product Management Lesson

Carl Macek — who launched the syndicated animated series Robotech, igniting the 1980s anime boom in North America — passed away last weekend. Today we’re celebrating his legacy, and the vital lesson his most renowned series can teach us.

Source: Robotech.com

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