Written by Adrienne and Alexis Today’s memo is sponsored by our friends at Faves: What trends are product giants focusing on? What articles and tweets …
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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, “…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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When I first joined Tesla as a product manager, I remember making a competitive analysis chart to understand the competitive landscape. This is a commo…
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