VP of Product Management with over two decades' experience including IBM, Rational Software, Harte Hanks and Mathworks. Founding President, Boston Product Management Association. Experience managing software development teams.
Two decades' product management experience. Have trained hundreds of product managers on the topic via ProductCamp and as Founding President of the Boston Product Management Association
Bob is very articulate, detailed oriented and experienced product manager. Bob knows how to use his skills and experience to deliver clear and crisp product plans to market. He partners well with Customers, Sales and Development to prioritize and set project deliverables. Bob is always well prepared and always brings his "A" game; he leads by example and delivers the goods on key and strategic projects. His commitment and dedication to excellence helped to drive the success of our business. Bob combines many years of industry knowledge, leadership experience, business-savvy and technical aptitude together to establish and build long lasting business relationships.
When Bob demonstrated our new "Turbo" product to customers and business partners, he would invite people up from the audience and let them drive the shape and flow of the demo. This is a very gutsy thing to do because it demands full command of the features and capabilities of the software product in order to guide a highly fluid situation. But that is what we needed from Bob in order to most strikingly communicate the business value of the new product, and he delivered!
I've known Bob in two different roles: as President during the founding of the Boston Product Management Association and in product management at IBM. Bob was an outstanding BPMA leader as President, growing the organization from the ground up, into a viable long term organization with hundreds of enthusiastic members. At IBM, although I did not work directly with Bob, he was my mentor of sorts, sharing his expertise on how to best leverage the processes at IBM to make product management best practices work. Bob is an expert on product management and a natural leader.
Bob and I worked together on several projects as well as with several customers. Bob is incredibly articulate, a great listner and very customer centric.
Bob's great technical subject matter expertise and strong interpersonal skills really make him a credible resource to have in customer meetings. Engage him when you can.
Bob and I have worked together at IBM where Bob manages the Lotus Forms product. Bob is always eager to learn, has a high degree of work integrity, a desire to satisfy the customer, combined with a very strong technical foundation. He has been a pleasure to work with.
Bob has great depth in the product management discipline and lead efforts to promote and direct the Lotus Forms product while at IBM. He is results oriented, detailed, and is able to manage difficult customer situations well. Bob is creative and has good ideas, often looking at a situation in a new way that results in productive new perspectives.
I had the pleasure of working with Bob at Lotus when he was the Product Manager for Lotus Forms. Bob did a great job of working with the WW teams, development, sales, partners to drive and prioritize the requirements for the Forms business. He is a skilled product manager with a deep understanding of the PM best practices to deliver real innovation to the market. Under his leadership he drove several major releases from concept to delivery. He did what it took to get the job done and then some. It was a pleasure working with him and he would be a great addition to your team.
Bob is a leader, inside his company and outside too. I challenged him to create a product management association in Boston. And he did. He grew the group until it stabilized and then made sure it was in capable hands, as it is to this day.
I would strongly recommend Bob for any leadership role. He understands the importance of market information to steer your planning; he understands how to build and manage teams; and he knows how to explain technology products in straightforward language so the client understands what he's getting.
Throughout my association with Bob, he was a pleasure to work with.
His attention to detail and his professional, articulate manner were an asset to the Lotus Forms team. His understanding of both business and technology gave Bob the unique ability bridge the gab between product and market. I would recommend Bob for any technology-related product marketing roll.
What we should expect from a Product Manager is to bring to the market what customers want and will buy: This very simple thing requires an enormous amount of energy and a wide variety of skills (involving both the left and right parts of the brain) in order to understand market dynamics, customer pain points and needs, what can be achieved by the current product technology, and how to convey that vision/roadmap to and convince everybody in the company, from the developers to the VPs. Very few PMs master this process. Bob is one of them. And by just looking at the recommendations he already received (and I could also tell), he also understands how to spread and coach his deep knowledge and experience to other PMs, making him a very natural leader of the PM pack in any product-oriented software company.