Reads & listens
Share a favourite article, resource, or podcast.
- 43 Topics
- 53 Replies
Looking to up-level your leadership skills and build best-in-class product teams?We know it’s extremely hard to find real-world examples and best practices, so we’re sharing the inner workings of the Productboard product team (and beyond!) in a new video series — Excellent Product Leadership.Episode 1 dives into strategies for championing your product vision and strategy. In a recent survey, we found that product leaders are 58% more likely than the ICs on their teams to report that they have a clear product vision and strategy. That’s a pretty big gap — and a big issue if your goal is to empower your teams to solve big problems on their own. You can watch the first episode here. Let us know what you think by commenting in the thread below!
A few favourite reads and listens for the week:Tim Cassola had a great piece that I somehow missed on healthier communication patterns and the challenges that come with growth. I liked the suggestions about starting with small teams, spending the time upfront on strategy and goals and clearly articulating the problem to solve but there’s lots of good tips in this one. A good blog post from the folks at Intercom on recent HBR research into the importance of effective customer engagement including how it influences retention, the criticality of cross-functional collaboration, and other tips Jason Knight’s podcast is always filled with gold, but this recent episode on measurable improving managers with Ross Laraway is totally worth a listen if you are leading a product team. András Juhász has some good tips building a passive product feedback system and the value this can bring to a product team and organization including lower acquisition costs and effort, a wider range of data from whic
Productboard’s new video series Behind the Roadmap gives you an inside look at product managers and leaders from all industries and stages of their careers — with a lifestyle twist! In episode 1, Sophie Lalonde, Group Product Manager at Productboard, talks about her journey into product management and the day-to-day tasks that shape her role. You can watch it here.Upcoming episodes will feature Hope Gurion, founder of Fearless Product, Martin Felcman, VP Product at Deepnote, Alon Bartur, founder of Switchboard, and more! Let us know what you think in the comments below or directly on YouTube!If you’re in NYC or the SF Bay Area and are interested in being filmed for the series, shoot me a note at email@example.com!
Sharing a few of my favourite reads & listens this week:Katja Lotz, engineering manager at Epidemic Sound shares some thoughts on the key aspects of managing senior engineers. Marty Cagan called out that now is the time to build and that “...companies that do not yet have the products they need to sustain their business, [should] focus their energies on building”. Jade Rubrick wrote today about how many new managers think their job is to ‘protect the team’ and why it’s a mistake to focus on being a shit shield 💩 Ken Norton was on Holly Hester-Reilly’s Product Science podcast and re-echo’d what Rich Mironov has said about product being best taught through apprenticeship. It was a good listen What’s caught your eyes and ears in the past week? Share it below
A few product-related reads I wanted to share:If you’re looking for a job, Lisa Zane had a good piece in her Conscious Product newsletter about the value of creating a 1-pager in advance that summarizes things like your unique value proposition; research on the company, team and role; and questions you have for the team A friend recently shared this piece from Josh Elman on interviewing your first product manager Rich Mironov on the value of paying it forward especially in these times of tech layoff Itmar Gilad shares his perspectives on how much product discovery is enough?Got something you’re reading or listening to? Share it in a new topic in this category.
A few product reads and listens to share:Carta just published its state of startup compensation for H1 2022. It’s an interesting piece that used data from more than 127,000 records from startups using their comp tools. Lab Zero shared a great piece How does Discovery Add Value? Jeremiah Lee’s post on Failed #SquadGoals from 2020 surfaced again recently. It’s a good reminder that frameworks like the Spotify Model don’t always translate from org to org Fabrizio Avantaggiato shares his simple guide to create a strong vision for your yet to be launched products. Daw-Chi Liou shared this great post on React explained for product managers Michele Hansen (who did an event with us earlier this year) spoke about Customer Interviewing on the Product Quest podcast.
Sharing a few reads and listens from the past few days:The Atlantic - The Case for Mindful Cursing has some insights into the benefits of swearing, just a little. Maybe we as PMs need to be ok with the occasional F-💣 Basecamp’s Seven Shipping Principles This piece, Stripe: Thinking Like a Civilization is an interesting look into the value of their cultural power.
Are you looking to revamp your product processes? Check out this blog post that our Engagement Managers (from the Productboard Professional Services team) recently put together to outline the key decisions our customers make when revamping their product processes!
Recently I’ve been going through the process of being diagnosed with adult ADHD, it seems off topic at first but a lot of quirks from having ADHD are also what make me a great product manager, interesting listen all round, especially if you are also working on products that help people focus! https://www.alieward.com/ologies/adhd
If you're already a PM, then you may have experienced this.Waiting on your legal team to approve T&Cs, a disclaimer, a screen or a functionality... or worse: not being able to release because your legal counsel says your feature poses a legal risk 😫 As product managers, we often leave legal reviews to the very end of the development cycle, resulting in frustration for both product and legal teams. What if we could partner with our lawyers and collaborate to design better products? Listen to this episode with Gabriela Porto, Head of Compliance at Flo health, a women's health app. I am curious to see if this resonates with people in this community. Have you had challenges as a PM with your legal team? Has the episode inspired you to work better with them?
In this new blog post, Melissa Suzano shares a list of 51 product management conferences to check out in 2022. Are you considering attending any product management conferences in 2022? Please drop a comment below and let us know where you are heading!
Looking for an informative and entertaining podcast? Check out Acquired. Acquired shares how some of the great companies in tech were founded, grown, and in some cases, acquired. My favorite episodes have been The Atlassian IPO and The Complete History and Strategy of DoorDash.Are you a fan of Acquired? Please let me know what episode to check out next!
Michael Lewis’ podcast Against the Rules, had a great episode recently on how Athenahealth truly got to the root understanding of a problem by recognizing the overlooked experts.This story about “finding the L6” (the real expert) is gold. True product excellence is about truly understanding the problem and getting to a great solution.
How 383 used Productboard and Mixpanel to enable Busy Bees to develop an industry-first digital platform
I enjoyed reading this post, which shares how 383 used Productboard and Mixpanel to help their client generate 1.2 million content views and 10,000 downloads in the first two weeks of launching their app. It's inspiring to read about teams coming together to make a life-changing product for families worldwide.
Last week I listened to several episodes of Product Thinking with Melissa Perri. I enjoyed her perspectives on when to ship a product, career advice for new PMs, and her conversation with John Cutler on product education and career challenges. Have you listened to Product Thinking? What other episodes should I be sure to check out? 🎧
Here's a fascinating interview with sociologist Heejung Chung, author of The Flexibility Paradox. In her book, Chung shares that "when workers are given flexibility, they generally work harder and longer—and they think more about work during non-work time.""One analysis of 32,000 German workers found that those with control over their schedules logged four additional hours of overtime a week compared with people on fixed schedules."The interview has some insights and recommendations that are important to keep in mind as so many of us remain working from home and enjoying flexible hours. 💼
A few things I’ve stumbled on this week and loved ❤️ Joey Banks’ Figma training keeps coming in handy for little things, especially since I don’t use Figma every day. An old one but still interesting is Steven Sinofsky’s post on reaching peak meeting efficiency. Brad Dunn has a fun side series on how to be a human. This Notion page on writing without bullshit was helpful. Listened to Rick Neuman talk about the value of great teams having clear communication and focus in this episode from the Product Science podcast.
Here’s a few of my favourite reads and listens this week:This oldie but goodie on decision-making roles came up in my bookmarks this week after a friend called me looking for some resources. The RAPID framework -- recommend, agree, perform, input, and decide -- can be super helpful in resolving conflict and bottlenecks. I also like DACI (which you can learn about in this article from Atlassian’s team playbook) if you’re looking for another perspective. I wrote previously about the first 90 days for product managers, but have been re-reading Will Larson’s book’s — An Elegant Puzzle and Staff Engineer and was drawn back to his excellent article on the first 90 days as a CTO or VP of Engineering which still has a lot of crossover with what it takes to be successful as a product leader as well. This article on how big tech runs projects without Scrum was fascinating as a read. I’ve worked for a few organizations now where the rigour of Scrum has been eased and I liked the focus here on out
This week I’m making my way through this reading list recently shared by the Productboard team. 🤓 The list highlights eight reads from women leading the crusade for more diversity in product management. If you have a chance to check it out please let me know which piece resonates with you! 📖
A short week this week with the holiday here in Canada and the US, so just a couple things to share:This article from Teresa Torres dives into her perspectives on who’s responsible for what in the product trio. I particularly liked that she called out that the whole team needs to be responsible and the example of the risks of putting roles at odds with one another when we don’t consider all the risks collectively. I enjoyed this blog post from Atlassian’s Work Life site on psychological safety including some of the tips for creating safety in the content of remote teams.What are you reading or listening to that’s you can share with our community?
Create an account
You can create an account below using either single sign-on or a username/password. Already have an account? Login.
Join or Login
No account? Create an account
Single sign-onEmployee login Log in with Productboard
Enter your username or e-mail address. We'll send you an e-mail with instructions to reset your password.