๐Ÿ“ฃ Trying to figure out product management together (and more) - SIP #14

This week's highlights:

๐Ÿš€ Trying to Product Podcast
๐ŸŽจ 7 essential design principles for product managers
๐Ÿ“† How to Compare and Contrast Decisions as a Product Manager
โ€‹and more.

We are super excited to share with you the launch of the Trying to Product Podcast ๐Ÿš€๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ“ฃ

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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

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.

๐ŸŽจ 7 essential design principles for product managersโ€‹

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 โ€” especially if itโ€™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.


๐Ÿ“† How to Compare and Contrast Decisions as a Product Managerโ€‹

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 โ€œwhether or notโ€ decision is a decision where we ask, โ€œIs this idea good (or not)?โ€ This is a hard question to answer because it treats โ€œgoodโ€ as an absolute trait. Instead, we want to ask a โ€œcompare and contrastโ€ question: โ€œWhich of these ideas looks best?โ€ 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 - โ€‹Associate Product Manager @ Salesforceโ€‹
Intermediate - Product Manager, AR @ Appleโ€‹
Advanced - Principal Product Manager @ Adobe


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Parv Sondhi

Product Manager by Day & Writer by Night

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