TLDR Product Management 2024-06-07

OKRs ≠ strategy 🙅, winning arguments vs. solving problems ✅, navigating your product career 🧭

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News & Trends

OKRs ≠ strategy (4 minute read)

OKRs must be contextualized within a broader vision and strategy to ensure alignment, buy-in, and effective execution, rather than being treated as isolated goals.

Friction, documentation, and product tools (5 minute read)

Using simple low-tech documents and manual repetition can enhance thoughtful prioritization and reflection better than specialized digital tools, which often obscure state history and create information asymmetries.
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Opinions & Tutorials

Winning arguments vs. solving problems: the product manager's conundrum (4 minute read)

It's easy to get sidetracked by the desire to win arguments instead of solving problems. By adopting a problem-solving mindset, leveraging data, fostering collaboration, and using structured frameworks, PMs can stay focused on delivering value to users and stakeholders.

How I give the right amount of context (in any situation) (8 minute read)

Striking the right balance in providing context is key to effective communication and minimizing time wasted on unnecessary back-and-forth. You can enhance understanding and efficiency, particularly in remote environments by clearly defining your point, being specific about needs, and offering sufficient yet concise details.

Business vs product strategy: how to operate with one strategy and win (12 minute read)

Rather than debating business strategy versus product strategy, we should unite under one clear and comprehensive strategy that everyone in the company can easily remember and articulate.
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Resources & Tools

58 rules for beautiful UI design (10 minute read)

This comprehensive guide for UI design offers 58 rules across eight categories to ensure interfaces are both beautiful and functional. The guidelines emphasize understanding the audience, simplifying design elements, and ensuring consistency and engagement, aiming to help designers from novice to expert.

User stories 101 (5 minute read)

Key properties of effective user stories include being negotiable, valuable, estimable, small, and testable. Keeping stories manageable and breaking larger stories into smaller tasks allows for better efficiency and learning from customer interactions.

Psychological principles to inspire your next product feature ideas (3 minute read)

Cognitive bias, social proof, the scarcity effect, the paradox of choice, feedback loops, the goal gradient effect, and habit formation.
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Miscellaneous

Navigating your product career (9 minute read)

Navigating a product management career involves twists and turns, requiring diverse skills, mindsets, and strategies. Career growth isn't just about technical skills or climbing the ladder. It's about building relationships, having the courage to experiment and take risks, learning from failures, and staying true to your passion for creating products that solve real user needs.

Step away without worry (6 minute read)

Product managers require breaks from their daily routines for their well-being. By planning in advance, they can enable their team to take the lead while they are away. Upon returning, they will benefit from having developed a self-sufficient team.
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Quick Links

Having high agency (3 minute read)

High agency in leadership comes from stepping outside comfort zones, taking ownership, leveraging resources creatively, persisting through adversity, and surrounding oneself with driven individuals to foster growth and success.

Validating the concept of work (2 minute read)

Strategic validation of user behaviors like sharing and conversion rates can clarify product uncertainties and enhance development efficiency.

A classic PM problem as a thought experiment (1 minute read)

An executive is pushing to launch a big new feature, but you have data suggesting users won't find it valuable. PMs chime in on how they would handle this situation.
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