profile

Parv Sondhi

📣 Trying to figure out product management together (and more) - SIP #14

Published over 1 year ago • 1 min read

This week's highlights:

🚀 Trying to Product Podcast
🎨 7 essential design principles for product managers
📆 How to Compare and Contrast Decisions as a Product Manager

and more.


We are super excited to share with you the launch of the Trying to Product Podcast 🚀🎉📣

The podcast is now officially available through all your favorite podcast apps. We are live on Product Hunt and appreciate any support that you and your friends can provide to get this product out to the world 😊

Please help us get started. Please tap your peers on the shoulder and encourage them to join.

Product Management can be tough, but we are here to figure it out together.



🎨 7 essential design principles for product managers

In this post, Latif talks about some key design principles that can help out product managers in their roles.

Design is a specialized skill, and as a PM, it can be intimidating — especially if it’s not your natural inclination. - Latif Nanji

Design has become more and more of a priority at product organizations. It is important as a product manager to be knowledgeable and develop a good understanding of the user experience.

His key themes include:

  1. Tell users what to think
  2. Minimize cognitive load
  3. Three click mentality
  4. Reversible design
  5. Use verbs with context
  6. White Spaces
  7. Design in MSP (Minimum Saleable Product)

If you are looking to step your design game, read more below.

📆 How to Compare and Contrast Decisions as a Product Manager

In Teresa's talk at the Mind the Product conference, she broght forward her framework for continuous discovery.

More often than not, as product managers we are trying to evaluate trade offs amongst features and deliverables for our products. We consider whether our not some opportunities are worth pursuing.

In her talk, Teresa argues against using the concept of "whether or not" questions.

A “whether or not” decision is a decision where we ask, “Is this idea good (or not)?” This is a hard question to answer because it treats “good” as an absolute trait. Instead, we want to ask a “compare and contrast” question: “Which of these ideas looks best?” This is easier to answer because it treats good as the relative trait that it is.

In the talk, she shares her Opportunity Solution Tree as a framework to help answer bring enough opportunities forward for product managers to compare and contrast.

Check out the post as great primer to learning how to map the user problems and solutions, and develop a solid plan for figuring out what to build


Job Board:

Entry - ​Associate Product Manager @ Salesforce
Intermediate - Product Manager, AR @ Apple
Advanced - Principal Product Manager @ Adobe

If you are enjoying this newsletter, please spread the word and share the joy with others as well 😀

facebooktwitter

Parv Sondhi

Product Manager by Day & Writer by Night

Read more from Parv Sondhi

This week's highlights: Design in 2022📆 How to Spend Your First 90 Days🤖 What is a product-centric organization?​​and more. One of main goals of May is to bring back the consistency here on the newsletter. It's always tough juggling a variety of tasks as a PM, but that also means trying to ruthlessly prioritize. And I will work towards making sure I can deliver amazing PM content to your inbox every two weeks. Also, we are a month into the new quarter, hope all PMs have their KPI's set up....

almost 2 years ago • 2 min read

This week's highlights: The Toll of an Aspirational Vision of Product Management❤️ Product Management and the Imposter Syndrome🤖 Why You Should Consider a Career in Product Management​​and more. Let's face it - Being a product manager can take a toll on one's mental health. As a PM, we constantly switch context, exposing our inadequacies frequently. We are always trying to juggle multiple elements simultaneously, ensuring that none of them fall behind. This can take a toll on us. It is...

almost 2 years ago • 2 min read

Welcome to all those who are receiving an issue from SIP for the first time. And, if you are already subscribed, thank you for sticking around and taking out 5 mins from your day for this email. And we are in 2022! New year means a new quarter and that undoubtedly means a new roadmap 😂 As a PM, we are constantly iterating on our roadmaps. With multiple stakeholders involved it can feel like we are constantly negotiating timelines and priorities. This week's highlights: How to Free Yourself...

about 2 years ago • 3 min read
Share this post