Building High-Growth Products Shouldn't Feel Like a Grind - Product Science Journal #21
Do you ever see product leaders and startup founders whose products aren't growing quickly, but who look to blame everything but the product itself? Here are a couple of my favorite pieces on cutting through the conversation by investing in the vision building.
Do you ever see product leaders and startup founders whose products aren't growing quickly, but who look to blame everything but the product itself? It's the startup founder who is investing in sales & marketing when there is still high churn. It's the product leader who is pushing their team to move on to the next project when they haven't checked that they've got numbers that confirm that the product they shipped delivers the value to the customer that it's meant to.They are acting as though more sales or more marketing or more features will finally change the trajectory. But what they really need is to step back, stop casting about looking for the next shiny object, and instead clarify their strategy and shore up their experimentation.Below are a couple of my favorite pieces on cutting through the conversation by investing in the vision building and an invitation to our upcoming workshops.Until next time,Holly
Articles & Podcasts
In this story I recently published in Hacker Noon, I argue that building successful products isn’t about hustle or luck — use science and empathy instead.
In this piece by Teresa Torres, she shares "As a product leader, it is your job to influence and to guide. If it’s not happening, you can always start by defining these components within the scope of your product. Even front-line product managers can do this."
My mentor at Shutterstock, Catherine Ulrich, shares, “I was recently asked, ‘what’s the most important quality of a product manager?’ My answer came very quickly: the ability to sell your team on a vision.”
In this podcast episode from Legends & Losers, Cameron Herold argues that “When people can see your Vivid Vision, they naturally conspire to help certain elements of your vision come true.”
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The Jackie Bavaro Hypothesis: Cracking the PM Career Means Leading With The Right Questions
In this episode of the Product Science Podcast, we cover why Jackie wrote books about PM interviews and careers, how product organizations evolve as a company grows, and what great product leadership looks like.
The Amy Jo Kim Hypothesis: Drive Deep Product Engagement by Optimizing the Core Loop with Game Thinking
Amy Jo Kim explains how ideas from game design can translate into product development, and what separates the successful projects she’s worked on from those that didn’t get off the ground.
Nir Eyal on How Products That Create Desirable Habits Win the Long Game - Product Science Journal #28
Not only did I get to talk product with Nir Eyal, but I also got to shine a light on the companies that have used the Hooked model to create value for society. These companies, like FitBod, Kahoot, and Anchor use the awesome power of behavioral design and technology to help people build habits that they don’t regret.