• Making Users Awesome
    1
    Nov

    Creating an expertise path for your users

    Once you’ve identified the broader, compelling context within which your product lives, map the expertise path that users must take within that context. There will be a “suck zone” between novices and experts that you will need motivate and help your users navigate. Badass: Making Users Awesome by Kathy Sierra  The second half of this book deals with understanding the stages of expertise ...
  • Making Users Awesome book
    20
    Oct

    Making Users Awesome

    Don’t make an awesome product. Make users awesome. Find the larger context your product contributes to and help users become awesome in that context. Badass: Making Users Awesome by Kathy Sierra   Expertise and the broader context of your product are key themes in Kathy Sierra’s book Badass: Making Users Awesome. You’re not just making a tool which enable someone to ...
  • Product Managers Handbook
    4
    Aug

    Upstream and Downstream Product Management

    Upstream product management focuses on roadmaps, innovation, and the “fuzzy front end”. Downstream product management contributes on-going lifecycle management and product growth. The Product Manager’s Handbook by Linda Gorchels   Gorchels presents two views of product management in the book: upstream and downstream. Although a single individual may play in both domains, the two roles have different areas of emphasis. Upstream product management includes ...
  • In the Plex
    7
    Jul

    OKRs: Working with Purpose

    Objectives and Key Results align product organizations with customer and business goals, empower product managers to say no, and make plans visible to the entire organization. In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives by Steven Levy Objectives and Key Results OKRs were brought to Google by John Doerr as a way to align the organzation’s activities, introduce discipline ...
  • The Product Managers Handbook
    28
    May

    Being a product manager

    Product management core competencies include entrepreneurial thinking, strong leadership at all levels, and a holistic view to the product and its market. Product managers play in both the inception and execution segments of the innovation cycle. The Product Manager’s Handbook by Linda Gorchels In The Product Manager’s Handbook Linda Gorchels presents a three-part framework for thinking about product management. The first part of the book ...
  • Platform Ecosystems
    10
    Mar

    Platform Architecture

    Use partitioning and system integration to build effective platform architecture. Platform architectures should be simple, resilient, maintainable, and evolvable. Platform Ecosystems: Aligning Architecture, Governance, and Strategy by Amrit Tiwana Amrit Tiwana discusses platform attributes as well as design patterns and risks in Platform Ecosystems: Aligning Architecture, Governance, and Strategy. He uses cities as a metaphor for well functioning platform architectures and describes how complexity erodes ...
  • Well Designed book
    28
    Jan

    Product Leaders on Product Management

    Author Jon Kolko includes interviews with six product leaders who give their perspective on design and product management. The interviews are a treasure trove of opinions and insight on product design, development, and management from people who have built great products. Well-Designed: How to Use Empathy to Create Products People Love by Jon Kolko Joe Gebbia, co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Airbnb (@jjgebbia) The best ...
  • User Story Mapping
    14
    Jan

    Product Backlogs and User Stories

    Focus on outcomes to align your backlog with business priorities and create high impact releases. User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product author Jeff Patton Author Jeff Patton walks through the details of creating shared understanding among the product team and managing a backlog focused on business outcomes and changing the world. The bulk of the book is a detailed walkthrough ...