Why I’m excited about Remote work

I recently moved from Maryland to Florida. That was one of several big changes that took place in 2019 for us. I lived in Maryland for most of my life, including all of my adult working years. I’ve had a pretty awesome career so far working for exciting companies like Bill Me Later (acq’d by…

A thread on the early days of a Startup

Crossposting this short Twitter thread: 1/ That feeling in the air & your body just prior to releasing your startups first product to the 🌎 is 1 of the best you’ll ever feel professionally. A unique (& kind of amazing) element for me was not needing to juggle the upcoming launch w/ existing production or…

Top 10 Reasons for Weak Product

From SVPG Lack of product vision.  Probably the single biggest source of weak product is that so many teams are just feature chasing.  They have no real vision for their product, they are not thinking strategically.  “Think in leaps; iterate in steps.”  See http://www.svpg.com/product-strategy-in-an-agile-world/ Stakeholder-driven roadmap.  Another very common source of weak product is the stakeholder-driven…

‘The Age Of The Platform’ by Phil Simon

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading The Age Of The Platform. How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business. Some excerpts: Definition of a Platform: “An extremely valuable and powerful ecosystem that quickly and easily scales, morphes, and incorporates new features (called planks in this book), users, customers, vendors, and partners… Today, the most vibrant…

Product Development at Spotify

I love reading about how @Spotify builds products. Check out a few of the links below: How Spotify Builds Products Scaling Agile at Spotify Spotify architecture Predicting Response Types for Spotify Backend

‘Shipping Greatness’ by Chris Vander Mey

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading Shipping Greatness. Some favorites: “If you’ve uncovered a big problem that many users share, you’ve completed the most important step of your product definition process.” “Remember that the time to maintain your cool is when others are losing theirs!” “About 90% of the time, the root cause for your…

Early Career Lessons Learned – Product Management

With my 24th birthday approaching and a recent promotion on my resume, I’ve decided it’s time to share my early career learning’s with the world. Many people say that 24 isn’t old but I disagree. It’s about 5 years older than when I started working and 4 years older than Mark Zuckerberg when he co-founded…

Rock Star Product Managers

I came across an awesome interview between Paul Young and Allison Tatterson.  I’d highly suggest reading the full post. I found his chart of traits and skills that great product managers embody to be particularly helpful and accurate.  It has helped me realize that I’m on the right track but am far from being a…