Product Management
Reading this The New Yorker piece on rationality reminds me of the importance of the metacognitive skill — cognizant of your own thinking — in every facet of your life. It’s a worthy read. From the product management perspective, here are my key takeaways: 1. Get comfortable keeping competing ideas or paradigms in your head...
11Feature or Product - Positioning
Positioning is critical for product design and go-to-market planning. Do you know whether you have a feature or a product (a full-fledged solution)?
You did not even start working on your release, but do you imagine a future letter of appreciation? If not, perhaps you should consider adding this technique to your product discovery toolset. We don't want to be a feature factory, but an organization focused on outcomes, right?
The term PRD —Product Requirement Document— has gone out of favor for a while now. The waterfall approach to solution delivery and its usage of the PRD has a lot of drawbacks. But did we dump the good along with the bad? Let's explore.
There are several vocal voices in the Product and Growth areas strongly in favor of and against using personas. For the rest of us, just like everything else, the truth is somewhere in the middle. Let's get into it a bit more.
11User Personas Workshop
Every business deck mentions the value they provide to the customers. Is there a way to know whether that value resonates with the customers' wants? Spoiler: Pay close attention to customer motivations and the context. Let's explore.
11Organizational Decision Making
Decisions, decisions, decisions. We make a ton of them every week, many of them trivial. However, there is a tiny percentage of decisions that determine the next six months or six years. Not all of them are reversible without high costs, which raises the stakes high even further. There is every incentive for us in...
11Explore or build
As a product manager, do you explore to build or build to explore? This is an interesting question that I saw on my Twitter feed. Let’s explore this one further. No pun intended! Two extremes: on one end, there is building high fidelity artifacts before knowing the product-market fit. Well, Quibi is one recent example....
11Better path
You are one of the top engineers in your organization. However, you cannot stand some practices of others, or the system in general, causing anger in you. Anger, I believe, is that kind of energy when tapped effectively is a great force for positive change. Time and again, we have been there being angry in...
11product/market fit research
Time and again we hear from the product companies, more so with Startups, about Product-Market fit. Moreover, many founders and product managers know that they live or die by achieving Product-Market fit. However, many of them go ahead and build their own thing in the hopes something will stick. What is Product-Market Fit? In this...
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