A Product Manager’s best friend: Drawing

I’m not great at most things. However, at some, I’m good enough. That’s often what it takes to move a project, product, and team forward. Sketching is one of those things. And surprisingly, it’s a handy tool for a product manager (assuming you work on products with front-end interfaces, and even sometimes when that’s not the case)….

A Product Manager’s best friend…

This post and ensuing series was inspired by a thought I had last week: Although “secret weapon” was appropriately clickbait-y, it was dramatic and incomplete. I was going to write specifically about DevOps (save the ‘DevOps’ phrase bashing for the actual DevOps post; I’ll try to do it justice) and specifically my friend and colleague, Jeff. Of…

Product Announcement Playbook

Laura Spiekerman of Alloy APIs tweeted a question regarding information sharing at startups that spawned some really interesting responses. As a product manager who has worked in organizations of various stages (seed at Blispay, mid-size high growth at Millennial Media & Bill Me Later, and large-cap at PayPal), I’ve needed a simple process for communicating updates of high…

Answer to What are your top books or resources for tech product managers?

https://www.quora.com/What-are-your-top-3-5-books-or-resources-for-tech-product-managers/answer/Jared-Franklin Product Manager You Are… Outliers: The Story of Success: Malcolm Gladwell: 9780316017930: Amazon.com: Books Top Hacks from a PM Behind Two of Tech’s Hottest Products SVPG Blog Articles Inspired: How To Create Products Customers Love: Marty Cagan: 9780981690407: Amazon.com: Books Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster (Lean Series): Alistair Croll,…

A thread on Career Choices

I posted the above thread on Twitter and figured I’d cross-post here: 1/ I’ve been working as a Product Manager for a decade now. The word ‘decade’ makes it sound like a long time. It doesn’t feel like it, but it’s a good time for some reflection. 2/ I started as an intern at a company…

E-commerce Predictions: Will consumers choose cryptocurrency to shop online?

Shilo Jones and his team at Statbid conduct an interesting survey each year polling participants on various e-commerce predictions. This years results of the 2022 survey can be found here. One of the questions was “what percentage of e-commerce transactions will be made using some form of crypto currency 5 years from now?” The respondents were surprisingly optimistic….

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…

Personal Finance… a thread.

Crossposting my long Twitter Thread of Personal Finance tips, tricks, and resources: 2/ I’m going to share short and concise opinions each day and see how long I can go on for. Note that personal finance is highly… personal. Not everything is advisable and applicable to everyone. 3/ Keep your personal burn low. Budgeting is…

Fuck you cancer🖕🏽

Originally written on Tuesday 10/25/2016. It’s tough to pinpoint how it feels. My feelings change so frequently. I don’t even know why I try to figure it out. But at this moment, during this sentence, I’m feeling really sad. It’s terrible that she was tortured the way she was at different times. Very few people…

Personal Finance Kick

My sole purpose with this post is to provide transparency into how I’ve saved money. My goal is to help my peers realize why and how they should start saving ASAP. At a minimum, read some of the material I recommend. This is not a ‘how-to’ guide. This should serve as an example and a motivator….

‘Data Mining for the Masses’ by Matthew North

This instructional book with use cases for data mining and predictive modeling using RapidMiner is fantastic for beginners. Buy it: http://amzn.to/18UHq3H Check out my notes: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s106/sh/4818b719-2ff7-4916-91e0-a22507964856/700e9b8fd52a14ebe8e143da5b51780f

E-Commerce Financial Model for Startups

‘E-Commerce Financial Model for Startups‘ courtesy of Matthew Carroll; a guide to forecasting revenue & expenses for e-commerce startups. FailHarder’s E-Commerce Financial Model for Startups E-commerce Financial Model for Startups Quora Retail Analytics Profit Margin Template 2012 Conversion Metrics Payvment

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…

‘Lean Analytics’ by Croll & Yoskovitz

This is one of the most important product management books I’ve read to date. Absolutely fantastic. Like most of the Lean Series, lessons can be applied to organizations of any size. Feel free to check out my highlights in Evernote after reading Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster. Some excerpts: “The core idea…

‘Built To Last’ by Jim Collins & Jerry Porras

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading Built To Last. Some excerpts: “We suggest that the continual stream of great products and services from highly visionary companies stems from them being outstanding organizations, not the other way around. Keep in mind that all products, services, and great ideas, no matter how visionary, eventually become obsolete. But…

‘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…

betaworks 2012 Shareholder Letter from CEO John Borthwick

I came across a tweet the other day linking to the betaworks 2012 shareholder letter from their CEO, John Borthwick. I had never heard of betaworks (who calls themselves a “company that builds companies”) and didn’t know that I was about to spend 30 minutes reading a never ending, but incredibly articulate and exciting reflection…