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The Evolving Product Manager Role

Where is Product Management going? What do the “best” do differently?<p>Here are the trends I see in forward thinking product development teams:

Product Management

How to Think About Your Career

If you had asked 22-year-old me what my “career aspirations” were, I would have looked at you blankly and then casually changed the subject to what …

Sheryl Sandberg

Beyond onboarding: ramping up your users from novice to expert

Onboarding is a fashionable topic at the moment. You see lots of onboarding articles and tear-downs shared these days. But onboarding is just the …

Great Products Don’t Happen By Accident

Using playbooks for designing and building products<p><i>These are the slides and speaker notes from a presentation I gave on July 21, 2016 at the Design &</i> …

Product Management

A Conversation About Product

Product Owner — Product Manager<p>The beating heart of a digital company is its product organization.<p>For tech startups, the company is indistinguishable …

Product Management

Data-justified, the one thing every Product Manager should learn to avoid

<i>There is no doubt that being data-driven is a skill every Product Manager should constantly work on, in order to get the right information to design</i> …

Product Management

What is Good Product Strategy?

“What is your Product Strategy? YOU NEED A STRATEGY.”<p>When I replay this scene in my head, I can hear the CTO very audibly yelling (slash pleading) …

Product Management

Team Lead — here is what your boss isn’t telling you, yet still expects of you

I believe that many team leaders feel constantly under fire because nobody tells them the entire story. They are too busy loading the ship with goods …

Management

The Principles of Quantum Team Management

Instagram Head of Engineering James Everingham walks us through a different approach to management, drawing on science and machine-building. <br>Continue …

The hustle of Hunter Walk (and his advice to seed stage founders)

If you’re in tech, you probably know the name Hunter Walk – and not for one reason alone. Whether it’s his 140 characters or being one of “the best, …

Challenge Coins and Company Credits

Startups are a team sport. Some people are recognized with salaries or equity, however much of the help we've gotten along the way has been less …

How we built a product vision and roadmap

Editor's note: Rian shared an update over on the Postmark blog after 6 months of using the roadmap he described in this post. If you're curious it …

What Does It Take to Be a Great Leader?

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or get all the credit for doing it.<p>– Andrew Carnegie<p>As the leader of your agency …

10 Product Designers Share Their Best Habits

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to join Orbital’s very first Design Cohort Program. What is that you ask? A group of NYC-based product …

Jack Dorsey

How to give feedback to your boss

When I was an employee four years ago, I felt stuck.I had some ideas about how I thought the company could be better… but I had no clue how to bring …

3 Types of Product Managers: Builders, Tuners, Innovators

As the product management role has become far more popular here in Silicon Valley and at technology firms in general, we’ve started to see …

Don’t scar on the first cut – Signal v. Noise

Many policies are organizational scar tissue — codified overreactions to situations that are unlikely to happen again.<p>The second something goes …

Best Practices and Resources for Financial Modeling

UPDATED 2018After years of building financial models I have seen a lot of commonly asked questions about best practices, resources and templates. I …

Business Development

Crafting The First Mile Of Product

<b>As leaders become immersed in their products, they become more focused on the users they have and less on those they don’t.</b><p>The natural tendency to …

Product Management

A Manager’s FAQ

<i>In addition to 1-on-1s with</i> <i>eShares</i> <i>managers, I host a monthly management discussion to share challenges, successes, failures, and lessons learned. I</i> …

Here’s How Asana Won With Its Product Redesign

Redesigns are difficult and inevitable. Product manager Sam Goertler shares how Asana successfully executed its redesign with a unique, iterative …

What 671 million push notifications say about how people spend their day

Push notifications are a cornerstone of every mobile app’s engagement and retention strategy, yet we know so little about them. Previously I’ve …

North America

Is A/B Testing A Good Idea for SaaS Startups?

At Google, we tested everything. User interfaces, advertising targeting models, even hiring practices. One product team tested 41 different shades of …

Entrepreneurial Gap

I recently came across a blog post that mentioned an intriguing concept, the “entrepreneurial gap.” The idea is straightforward: give people more …

Entrepreneurship

Product Success | Silicon Valley Product Group

Exactly a year ago I was invited to give a keynote at the Craft Conference in Budapest and I discussed the 10 biggest reasons why product teams fail. …

Finding the Truth Behind MVPs

Please Make Yourself Uncomfortable

What product managers can learn from jazz musicians<p><b>By Ken Norton</b> <br>13 min read<p><i>From my keynote at the Mind the Product conference, San Francisco Davies</i> …

Soul Music

The Platform Stack

Understanding platform business models<p>I first wrote about the Platform Stack last year on my blog, and subsequently used it as a core framework in my …

Reddit and Facebook Veteran On How to Troubleshoot Troublemakers

Bethanye Blount shares her hard-earned tips on how to detect and debug troublemakers. <br>Continue reading at First Round Review »