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19 Questions All Curious Product Managers Ask
December 1, 2020

19 Questions All Curious Product Managers Ask

"I spend two-thirds of the time thinking about what people want to hear and one-third thinking about what I want to say." You might think this is a quote from a modern-day business leader. But it is actually a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln — way back in the 1800s. If you are a product manager, you can probably relate to the sentiment of empathizing before speaking. Because you have to be deeply curious about customers' problems before you can deliver a winning solution.

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The Product Manager vs. The Product Owner
November 3, 2020

The Product Manager vs. The Product Owner

Some people say to never read the comments. But I read as many as I can — even if I am not able to reply to each one. Take this comment on a post I wrote about different product…

The VP of Product vs. The Product Manager
September 15, 2020

The VP of Product vs. The Product Manager

10,559. The number of open product roles in the U.S. (or at least the ones that were recently posted on Indeed). It is great to see because when I started my career, there were…

Hey Product Manager: Stop Building Before Asking
August 18, 2020

Hey Product Manager: Stop Building Before Asking

Building is in your DNA. It is your nature to constantly think about what is next on your roadmap. You are on a perpetual search for opportunities to create something new. And you…

31 Definitions of Success
August 17, 2020

31 Definitions of Success

Have you ever been asked to define success in an interview? It is a simple question — easy enough to answer given the context of the situation. So you rattle off an answer about…

The Founder's Paradox: How to Stay Open to Interruptions and Still Get Work Done
July 17, 2020

The Founder's Paradox: How to Stay Open to Interruptions and Still Get Work Done

Interruptions are distracting. Especially harmful if you are doing meaningful work. Right? Well, this is what we are told. Perhaps you have seen the study that says after just 20 minutes of interrupted performance, people reported significantly higher frustration and stress than those left alone. When you are focused on accomplishing a task or doing complex work that requires deep thought, it is only human nature to see any interruption as a distraction. You feel startled and want to flick the irritation away.

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