You have the most impact when you’re happiest. Just finished reading Naval’s Almanack and thing the struck me most is the simplicity of its lessons, ea…
Are you a new PM, founder, or in charge of building a new product from scratch? The best thing you can do is cultivate a “less code” culture. Don’t bui…
If you’re a manager (especially first-timer) at a startup, your team will feel constantly overwhelmed. You can’t work in a startup and not expect to fe…
A couple weeks ago I wrote about 1-1s. I got a lot of messages and comments about my belief that managers should run 1-1s on a weekly basis. The detrac…
A few days ago I wrote about Impostor Syndrome. In Product Management there is often the reverse: the Hero Syndrome. “I have so much visibility and kno…
A significant amount of people feel the impostor syndrome. “Someone is going to understand I shouldn’t be where I am, because I am not as good as other…
One of the best teaching I can give out to new (or up and coming) PM’s is: “Underpromise, overdeliver. Ambitiously.” Happiness is the positive differen…
“The real problem of humanity is the following: We have Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions and godlike technology.” - E.O. Wilson Product mana…
You’re a manager and you “don’t have time” to do weekly 1-1s with your direct reports and bi-weekly skip-levels? You’re not lacking time. You’re just n…
This is usually my final slide when I teach product management. It’s the last thing I want people to remember. I’ve adopted it as my own personal menta…
This is what they typically look: 1. Stakeholders asking for stuff, generally late because “sprint has started”. 2. PMs saying “let me add to the backl…
I’ve never enjoyed product roadmaps that are constrained to a timebox. Here’s why: - Motivates for scopes that fit the timebox. Less effort on planning…