The best products are created at the intersection of product, design, and engineering. Successful teams start, build, and finish together. Fewer handoffs, and more multidisciplinary debates and considerations.
The best product decisions are made at the intersection of data, empathy, and instincts. Using a variety of inputs helps balance the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches.
As companies grow I see a tendency to focus more and more on data. While data can be a fantastic tool to understand behavior and measure impact, we should be mindful of its limitations. Many important things in life and business can’t be measured. A good related thought experiment:
Imagine living your personal life such that you never took (or were allowed to take) any action unless you could first quantify or measure its impact. Now you understand one of the pathologies affecting the tech industry.
Reading is one of the most impactful habits I’ve ever picked up. It has the somewhat rare combination of being both enjoyable and valuable. Some of the best minds in the wold, such as Warren Buffet, Barack Obama, and Bill Gates, swear by reading. If you’ve tried and failed to make reading a habit, this post is for you. I was in your shoes for many years. I always wanted to read more, but could never make it a habit. Three years ago I tried again. This time it worked. …
Since I got into tech I’ve been inspired by many products. From the novel swiping gestures of Mailbox to the attention to detail of Sunrise, inspirational products and companies have always helped me recognize the types of high quality customer experiences that are possible.
These days there are several characteristics of products and companies that inspire me more than ever. Unlike before, in addition to being inspired by the product, I’m also inspired by the culture and business models that are behind the product. Below are some of these items.
I’ve tried creating a writing habit many times. And failed many times. I’d write a couple times, over the course of a couple weeks, but could never make it a consistent habit.
After many false starts, I’ve finally succeeded. As I’m writing this, it’s my 30th weekday in a row of writing 350+ words [I’m now publishing this on my 100th day in a row 😊]. Below are some of the techniques that helped me create this writing habit:
Over the holiday break, I took time to reflect on 2018 and decide what to prioritize in 2019. Inspired by this…
I frequently get asked about breaking into product management. Instead of continuing to share top-of-mind thoughts on a one-off basis I decided it’d be worth writing down my thoughts and sharing them more broadly. So here’s my advice:
There are a lot of people with general business, marketing, or operations backgrounds trying to break into product management. It’s helpful to differentiate yourself to stand out from the crowd. Below are some ideas:
Slack. Open floor plans. Email. Meetings. Social media.
We live in an incredibly distracting world. Being able to focus for an extended period of time has quickly gone from the norm to a rare luxury saved for odd hours of the day.
In addition to being harder to get stuff done, it’s harder to focus on the right tasks. For many people, we’ve open-sourced our to do list through tools like slack and email, letting other people’s priorities take over those few productive hours we have.
We’ve gone from being able to focus on intentional work for uninterrupted hours to…
In June, Misha and I released ‘Flock, a Fun and Casual Way to Make Plans.’ You can checkout the original launch post here. Today we are releasing a new version of Flock. In addition to revamping the design, we added the ability to create private flocks and spent time improving the messaging interface. All these changes stemmed from user feedback and thinking about the problem from a new perspective.
There is no shortage of social apps. Between Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook, it’s very easy to stay in touch with friends online. There are also a ton of great productivity apps…
Last December I quit my job as an i-banking analyst to get involved in the startup world. This December I started a new job doing Product for SeatGeek, a ticket search engine that aggregates tickets listings for live sports, concert, and theater events. I split my time between coding, designing, and product management, three aspects of development that I’ve fallen in love with over the past year — I couldn’t have asked for a better position. Below is how I got from point A to point B.
In today’s fast paced world it is very easy to lose focus.
With so much at our fingertips , it is hard not to be distracted by sites and apps like Twitter, Facebook, Hacker News, Instagram, etc.
Below are some tools and tips that help me stay focused.
Don’t place it in your pocket. Or behind your laptop on silent mode.
Put it away.
Whether in another room or in your bag on silent mode, put it somewhere that makes it a pain to go get. Use laziness to your advantage.