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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A friend recently told me a story about how an Amazon team had chosen a north star metric that misguided them, leading them to millions of dollars in l…
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I was at Facebook for five years, and managed products ranging from Instagram Video Chat to algorithms for Facebook News Feed. I’ve had many friends re…
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A few years ago, I* was frustrated at work, because we were focused on bug smashing and not on launching new products. It felt as if we were in a lull …
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Early in my career, goal setting for my product team used to terrify me. It didn’t help that I worked for Facebook, a company known for taking goals ve…
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We don’t typically get to choose our managers, and it can be difficult to work with someone new, especially if they have a different working style from…
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