The “just kidding” test: A creative product hack.

One of the great challenges in product management is how to validate an idea quickly without building a damn thing. Sure, you can show users mockups, prototypes, or even a paper napkin. But that falls flat when it comes to actual behavior, because the difference between what people say they will do and what theyContinue reading “The “just kidding” test: A creative product hack.”

Life choices and technical debt.

Every decision you make costs more than you expect it to. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, “technical debt” refers to the concept of extra work needed to fix things that weren’t properly coded or planned in the first place. It is a major problem among engineers and product managers, because at someContinue reading “Life choices and technical debt.”

How to become a better Product Manager by playing video games

You don’t have to be a gamer geek to learn strategic principles. I’m a Senior Product Manager at HG Data. My days are busy — bordering on hectic. Requests come in from all directions and often simultaneously. I live deep in the workflow of product development, data science, marketing, and customer support, which leaves me few opportunitiesContinue reading “How to become a better Product Manager by playing video games”

How to say ‘No’ to your CEO.

There’s a well-known saying that Product Managers are the “mini-CEOs.” It’s mostly bogus. The CEO is the CEO. And as a product manager, learning to say “no” to the CEO is one of the most important skills you can have. It’s also one of the most common things you will do. (Or rather, should beContinue reading “How to say ‘No’ to your CEO.”

TiVo was a great product that failed due to poor marketing

Product managers often think product-market fit is all that matters. That’s not quite accurate.TiVo is still around, but far less successful than they could have/should have been. TiVo had a fantastic, innovative product, plenty of funding, and a huge first-mover advantage. As one of the first companies to record digitized video on a hard disk,Continue reading “TiVo was a great product that failed due to poor marketing”