Product, UX & Strategy

What skills are needed to be an effective Product Manager?

Adam Nash the CEO of Wealthfront, Craig Walker, CEO of Switch Communications and Johanna Wright, VP of Product at YouTube discuss  the skills you need to learn to become an effective product manager in this roundtable. Adam Nash talks about having a lot of responsibility but not a lot of authority. Product Management is leading…

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Learn Product Management With These Great Books

You won’t find many, if any, colleges teaching software product management. I started my career in the early 90s and was lucky to have some great mentors. Today it’s a lot easier to kickstart your career in product management through a number of really great books. In this list I’ve compiled my favorite product management books Reading…

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How to prep for a Product Manager Interview

The job interview is a nerve-wracking, fear inducing prospect for a lot of people. The thing is, with some prep work, your really don’t need to stress over the interview. In fact, I like to tell people that a job interview is a two way street. If you think about it you’re both prospects. The…

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You’re a Product Manager? What’s that mean?

How many times has someone asked you this question? I’ll bet often. Over the years how I’ve answered this question has evolved to this… I delight customers by giving them meaningful products. I think it summarizes nicely the core role of a product manager. Everything you do is in service to this end. Without focusing on this…

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Lazy UX Design – Phone Number Fields

Grrr, I hate poorly designed forms. I’m especially annoyed by forms that want humans to think like computers. Case in point, take a look at this phone number field from Bed Bath and Beyond. Phone numbers in the US can take many forms – parens around the area and dash separated are the most common. What…

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Don’t start a business until people are asking you to

Derek Sivers just posted an article about starting a business that has some really great advice that while obvious is often overlooked. In a nutshell: Don’t announce anything. Don’t choose a name. Don’t make a website. Don’t build a system. You need to be free to completely change or ditch your idea. Yet too often we…

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