And how much is too much?

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How technical should a PM be?

This question elicits passionate responses from across both sides of the table. I get lots of DMs on twitter on this question alone.

Well, there are two schools of thought around this👇

  1. Technical skills are superpowers for a PM that helps them do the job better.

But…


Getting things done in large organizations

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If you ever work for a large corporation with complicated matrixed org structures, you’ll broadly find two types of people

Type 1: People that wait for instructions, and wait for things to happen — They’ll tell you all the reasons why something cannot be done

Type 2: People who want to make things happen, try different things, find out all the ways how something can…


How to think through pricing your product

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“How should we price this product?” — somebody posed the question in our weekly product meeting. I had no idea.

It was my very first product launch and I had no experience pricing a real product before. The closest I had gotten to “pricing” something was at a Product Positioning and Pricing course at business school — but again, that was coursework based on hypotheticals, and this was the real world.

The idea was to price the…


How to be an empathetic listener — but a focused questioner

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Until I landed my first PM job, I had never really interviewed anyone.

The first time I interviewed someone was alongside a User Experience researcher (who did it for a living). I was a new PM trying to validate a product idea that we thought was exciting and solved a big pain point for people. Our target market was small business owners, so we cold-called a bunch of small business owners and set up meetings.

In sum, we…


And how to become a non-linear thinker

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All of us know that most plants need water to survive. i.e. if you don’t water your plants, they die. But that inference is not exactly accurate. Here’s what really happens:

If you don’t give the plant any water, the plant dies.

With too little water, the plant grows for a little but then dies eventually

You water it just right, the plant flourishes and grows.

You Water it too often, the plant starts wilting.

Too much…


The foundations you must build to start adding value

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When I landed my first Product Management job, I was happy, ecstatic, and proud. But I was also nervous — because I had never really done the job before.

In my previous company, I was a software developer and we never had a Product Manager on the team. (This was before Product Management became cool) .

After my Software developer gig and now fresh off the MBA press, I wanted to get into…


Its not your product, its distribution

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When Product Managers are asked what some of their most risky assumptions are, they often cite market risk assumptions or technology risk assumptions. This is what the vast majority of PMs spend time thinking about and validating.

  • Technology Risk — that the core value proposition (that eliminates the market risk) can indeed be built…


Lets get the basics right

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The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place — George Bernard Shaw.

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You’ll often hear from both anthropologists and sociologists that the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively is perhaps one of the biggest gifts that human beings possess. …


How to instrument metrics for Online-Offline Experiences

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been writing about metrics.

We talked about why having an End to End Analytics Strategy is key to driving growth for your product. We also talked about how to think about What Metrics to track at different stages of a product’s customer acquisition journey.

This is the final post in our “metrics” trilogy — and this one is about the Tools that you’ll need to actually…


Measure & Track the Entire Path to Market for your Product

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Last week, I wrote a post about why having an End-to-End Analytics Strategy for your Product is so important to drive successful outcomes. If you missed that post, you can read it here.

Now having an analytics strategy is one thing, but the ‘execution’ is where the rubber meets the road. The two key questions before you can implement your strategy are

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