Most people think that the skills you learn as a PM at Facebook, Google, and Tesla will arm you with skills to succeed anywhere. The truth, however, is…
Here we share some traps we avoided and things we learned along the way to successfully managing an ML product.
When you run into a challenge working with others, it’s easy to get frustrated and jump to thinking it comes from incompetence - e.g. maybe it seems li…
When I first started at Google, I thought the role of a product manager was simply to define the product vision and then work with my team to execute o…
The common narrative is that a product manager needs to have certain qualities and operate in a certain way in order to succeed, but the fact of the ma…
Early in my career, I* noticed the allure of % goals. If I had to increase restaurant reviews, then % of users who write restaurant reviews sounded lik…
The common rhetoric is that product managers should act as the glue between engineering, design, and sales. This mindset was a trap. When I first start…
In my first months as a PM, I* was more of a “prioritization machine” than a PM. Not in a good way. Engineers would ask me to help prioritize their pro…
Strategic thinking is powerful -- it can often enable you to play chess when everyone else is playing checkers. Take Tesla’s Master Plan for example, “…
One of my friends can instantly take a problem that at first appears intractable, like “How would you drive down the cost of Tesla’s autopilot system t…
Most people switch jobs every few years, but as an ex-Facebook RPM, I* switched teams every six months. I saw a lot of different teams quickly early in…
Having worked on several high-stakes product launches with complex moving pieces, I wanted to share several things I’ve learned from my experience on m…