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Theory Building View

November 03, 2020

I appreciate the idea of long-living teams (as opposed to disbanding after a feature or release), so when someone on VMware Slack mentioned…

Holy Grail of Product Metrics

September 30, 2020

Nice short article on how we've tried to find a holy grail of product metrics, but there isn't one way to measure success. Here's a quote…

True Product-Market Fit

September 29, 2020

I thought this was a neat illustration - I think this acquisition proves we've hit all three?

North Star Metric - Two Stories

September 25, 2020

They go by many names (North Star Metric, product principles) but I like the idea of having a singular goal that creates alignment and helps…

Product Development is Messy

September 23, 2020

I don't remember when I saved this, but I think it broadly conveys that product development is messy. Some thoughts comparing the two paths…

Align Your Maps

September 22, 2020

U.S. military strategist Roy Adams told me this story about an “aha” moment he had in Iraq. He was having a beer with a friend who was in…

Are your users S.T.U.P.I.D?

September 17, 2020

A person who wins a game of Scrabble one evening may be late for work because they forgot to set their alarm clock. How could the same…

Cost of Delay

September 10, 2020

A 2-min video and some ideas I borrowed re: Cost of Delay. Imagine you leave the house 15 minutes late resulting in a 30-minute longer…

Sunsetting Features

September 09, 2020

🤔 What's our game plan for sunsetting features? Sure, we've heard of "featuritis" via Word Perfect or Photoshop (where 80% of the value…

Inversion for Idea Generation

September 04, 2020

Interesting quote from a book about rapid skill acquisition: Imagine the opposite of what you want. A counterintuitive way to gain insight…

Attributes of a Prototype

September 03, 2020

Some interesting parallels with product development from this The Founder clip: prototypes keep things flexible (chalk lines vs. a custom…

Creating Honest Roadmaps

August 21, 2020

Twitter thread I came across this morning... Linear roadmaps are misleading without a crystal ball for seeing the future. A roadmap that…

Succeeding with OKRs

August 19, 2020

From a newsletter by Jeff Gothelf -- succeeding with OKRs includes understanding what they are, how they are different from traditional…

North Star Visual

August 13, 2020

I liked this depiction of the path towards our north star... how to get there could be obscured, but a clearly defined vision / purpose…

Responding to Customer Feedback

August 06, 2020

👇 This wasn't a product quote at all, but I made an adjustment to make it applicable... When customer feedback is immediate, clear, and…

Aversion to Product Backlogs

August 04, 2020

Basecamp / Jason Fried have been vocal in their aversion to backlogs. With a new product launch, and requests flooding in, how do they…

Making MVPs Work

August 03, 2020

I feel like we're still struggling to put MVPs to work, which I 100% understand and empathize with. One issue is the only real forcing…

Balanced Product Inputs

July 31, 2020

Similar to the balanced of inputs I'd love to see in each of our releases. By having a healthy diet of balanced inputs, we can better…

Push vs. Pull Systems

July 29, 2020

One of the more interesting comparisons of a pull vs. push system. Say I-ask you "what will you get done today David?" And without…

True Customer Obsession

July 28, 2020

Jeff Bezos on True Customer Obsession (emphasis mine) There are many ways to center a business. You can be competitor focused, you can be…

Collecting Product and Process Ideas

July 24, 2020

How are we collecting product or process ideas? This is from the perspective of Human Resources, but excerpt from Kim Scott's Radical Candor…

Dilemma of Roadmaps

July 01, 2020

I've been reading a book about roadmapping, and today on a customer call we heard a need for something we had just de-scoped from the next…