PM Snacks #12 / 💼 Documents you absolutely need, right company stage for you & impostor syndrome
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1️⃣ The Top 10 Deliverables of Product Managers • Feb 2020 • 15 min read
One of the article I shared the most to everyone. Through the documents listed it sums up perfectly the questions a product manager should answer to guide the team/company. I'm especially fond of the Product/Market fit hypotheses one. Highly recommended read #strategy #execution
2️⃣ Product Manager Interview: Create a Product Roadmap • Aug 2020 • 7 min read
I've been asked and I asked this question several times during interviews. Most common mistake: people who don't ask the company's objectives or current strategy, and start to brainstorm ideas right away. As a matter of fact, always start by asking clarifying questions: what are the high level targeted outcomes? current strategy? who are the customers? how many teams? is there any debt? Etc. #interviewprep #planning
3️⃣ Stage of company, not name of company • Oct 2020 • 6 min read
For those of you who did a mentoring session with me, you know that I often talk about companies stage to draw faster conclusions. Without surprise I completely agree with Nikhyl Singhal: when looking for a job you should assess the company's stage first. Ask yourself how much structure you need, what kind of manager, a single product or several product lines, what kind of growth? Based on the answer aim for a company that matches your criteria. Me, I worked in stage 1, 2, 3 and loved 1 & 2 #execution
4️⃣ Over-complicated? Over-simplified? The UX Efficient Frontier • May 2020 • 7 min read
With the concept of "efficient frontier", the author offers a way to think about the right level of complexity for internal users interfaces. Most of the time, we call them "backoffice" and this name perfectly states the level of thinking invested in it... Nevertheless, well thought internal users interfaces can unlock great efficiency #ux #complexity #experts
5️⃣ Impostor syndrome: the fear of being exposed as a fraud • Jun 2020 • 2 min read
If you ever felt that you were not up to the task, that people could notice it... You have felt the impostor syndrome. Most successful people have. Most product managers have too. This is the best article I've read on the topic. You'll learn that this syndrome comes in various forms (I'm a mix of 1/ perfectionist and 4/ superman) and a few tips to work on it. You're not alone ;) #self-awareness
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