Tag: product-management

We Don’t Sell Group Chats Here

The memo below is a near-identical rip of Stewart Butterfield’s iconic memo in homage of Slack’s recent successful public listing, but with the Slack narrative replaced with the narrative of our own early-stage company, Abridged.

A guide to Rapid Prototyping

The ultimate goal of software prototyping, is to build a realistic instance of a product, fast and inexpensively. Read on for hints and best practices on how to build one Prototyping, defined In a digital context,

Engineering guide to writing correct User Stories

Agile people are obsessed with writing user stories. And it is a powerful instrument indeed. But, from my practice a lot of people are doing it wrong. Let’s see an example: As a user I

How Zero Wins: Product Analysis of the Fasting Tracker

What is Zero? Zero was created in 2016 by Kevin Rose (founder of Digg) as a personal side project. It has just one main button that the user presses to toggle between the start and end

How to Grow a Product: A Beginner’s Guide

Every product team loves seeing the numbers go up and to the right. But how do you actually grow a product? Last year, I was lucky enough to take the Reforge Growth Series, an 8

Why vs. Why now

I recently read an article that said teams should ask “why now” instead of “why” when making large product and engineering decisions. It struck a chord. There is a cost associated with all things software

Outcomes, not codebases

One of the greatest challenges in setting up a Product & Engineering org to succeed is the team structure. Team structure dictates the collaboration that can be fostered, the bottlenecks that can occur and the

Day 100?—?From Tech Lead to Product Manager, My Typical Day as a PM?

Photo by Tyler Franta on Unsplash The day to day different between product manager and technical lead really start to show as I embarked on the product manager journey. Before I moved, I am always curious

Amplify Conference 2018

I received a pass to Amplify because of the generosity of the Advancing Women in Product (AWIP) community?—?AWIP is a organization whose goal is to empower the next generation of women product leaders. So there

How Not To Lie About Estimates

5 Steps To Estimating Responsibly 1. Understand the purpose When providing an estimate, there is a purpose. The purpose is to provide some information to quantify uncertainty so that a decision can be made. In the

Stop Trying To Hustle Your Way To High Growth

Building successful products isn’t about hustle or luck?—?use science and empathy instead Tell me if this sounds familiar: You work hard to build your product, but somehow it feels like the success you dream of is

Improvement Stories: a simple alternative to User Stories

Picture by gdsteam on Flickr (source) You are the Product Owner for a Scrum Team. Your team has just released a brilliant feature they have been working on for months: Change History. Change history allows to

4 Prioritization Lessons (using Cost of Delay and CD3)

Consider this table. The columns represents mission duration (in months). The rows are Cost of Delay ($s per month opportunity cost). The cells are CD3…the Cost of Delay divided by the expected number of periods

Why do startups fail? A postmortem of 256 failed startups.

Product Market Fit Finding a potential market for a new, exciting product is still a big puzzle for all startups. No wonder, 42% startups have to wind down failing to create demand for their product. Across

How to handle bonuses in an OKR world

I’ve been working with OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) for a while, and one of the problems I recurrently face is whether or not to tie OKRs with bonuses. This is a post based on

Building Products for the AI-Native Future

The last decade was spent building products that were cloud native and mobile native, and this disrupted several industries and changed the way we live. Mobile made it possible for entrepreneurs to use camera and