The right product manager—with the right mindset—has a unique opportunity to be a shining, unifying light in a company of dedicated specialists. And making the most of that opportunity is what separates the true product visionaries from the paper pushers. Systems Thinking is the key.
Crowd-sourcing sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo have been boons to entrepreneurs long on dreams but short on cash. By putting the inventor and the idea on display for all to see, they remove monetary and political barriers to individual product development, and the sheer volume of new ideas they launch unquestionably demonstrates their viability as enablers of modern decentralized innovation.