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Recent Issues


What product managers should do about the competition

Jun. 23, 2017

When Facebook saw Snapchat chipping away at one of their key user segments, they decided to imitate Snapchat’s core features across their own product portfolio. Should you be doing the same?

  • Tips & Tactics

Your product is too easy to use, and that’s a problem

Jun. 17, 2017

The world misdiagnosed what made Snapchat so successful: their quirky user experience isn’t designed to keep you out — it’s designed for someone else to let you in. Here’s how you can apply the same principles to your product.


Why (seemingly) great product ideas fail, and what to do about it

Jun. 9, 2017

Much like building with blocks, product development has a handful of core principles that we violate at our own peril. The key difference, of course, is the tremendous cost of being wrong. By adhering to the following principles, you can quickly recognize when things are going astray, and, more importantly, get them back on track.


Build products the Amazon way

Jun. 2, 2017

Time and time again, we see Amazon products and services perform astonishingly well in a range of industries and markets. Product leaders routinely ask us about what makes Amazon so consistently innovative. It turns out, we don’t need to look too hard to find the answer.


To be a product leader, go above and beyond

May. 19, 2017

When it comes to product management, rookies and seasoned veterans often share one thing in common: they are responsible for successful products yet don’t have authority over individual contributors. To be effective, product managers must learn to influence, and therefore must learn to become leaders.


What product teams should be reading to level up

May. 8, 2017

An engineer-turned-Facebook-PM shares her sketches and notes from reading many of the classic product management books. She provides fantastic summaries of works by authors like Clayton Christensen, Marty Cagan, and Peter Thiel.

  • Leadership

Good vs bad product management processes

Apr. 21, 2017

Building a product is a cross-functional endeavor. The problem is that most product managers don’t have authority over any of the people involved in the collective effort. To be effective, product managers must align their teams by being leaders rather than commanders, and they must make careful use of the most powerful weapon in their…


How to overcome unrealistic expectations

Apr. 7, 2017

Product management is one of the hottest roles in tech right now. Unfortunately, in many ways it’s been overly dramatized, leading to unrealistic standards for what a product manager can do and achieve.

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