Jack The Ripper, H.G. Wells, And Choosing The Right Strategic Partner

Yesterday we summarized “Time After Time” In 10 Screencaps Or Less™. Today, we extract a product management lesson from that 1970’s time travel mash-up.

In the opening scenes of Time After Time, H.G. Wells introduces his dinner guests to the new Time Machine that he’s invented. Unfortunately, one of his guests is secretly Jack The Ripper who promptly steals the Time Machine to continue his serial killings in modern-day San Francisco.

To the best of my knowledge, no product that I’ve ever worked on has been linked to time traveling serial killings. However, I have been involved in at least one strategic partnership that was disastrous.

Now, I wasn’t involved with vetting or approving the partner; it was thrust upon me and I did what I could to mitigate the oncoming storm. But in the end, there was no choice but to ride it out, which put a tremendous burden on everyone involved internally as well as on our customers.

What went wrong? Like H.G. Wells, we trusted someone we shouldn’t have–and had to live with the consequences.

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H.G. Wells Chases Jack The Ripper Through Time And Space… In 10 Screencaps Or Less

Time After Time” is a 1979 sci-fi feature film about H.G. Wells traveling across time and space in pursuit of Jack the Ripper. Let’s summarize “Time After Time”… In 10 Screencaps Or Less!™

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Author H.G. Wells invites his friends over for a dinner party. After supper, one thing leads to another, and he unveils his brand new TIME MACHINE to them.

Unfortunately, one of the dinner guests is actually Jack The Ripper–and the police are hot on his trail.

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Meeting Management Lessons From "The Great Yokai War"

Yesterday we summarized “The Great Yokai War” In 10 Screencaps Or Less™. Today, we extract a product management lesson from the strangest, most violent children’s film I’ve ever seen.

Once the young hero of the film, Tadashi, and a handful of Yokai understand the menace threatening them all, they convene a meeting with the other Yokai to enlist their aid.

Inviting the right people to the meeting is crucial

Together, it is argued, they have a chance of winning. Separately, their chances of even just surviving are close to nil. The Yokai hem and haw and eventually reject Tadashi’s offer. How could Tadashi have run this meeting more effectively and maybe ended in his favor?

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