I’m constantly reading and learning on how to become the most effective product manager possible. The reason I love this position is because there is never enough. You never know enough, you’re never good enough, there’s always more to learn because technology and globalization are constantly expanding at a rapid pace.
Brian de Haaf gives straightforward advice for new product mangers. While some of the advice seems simple and obvious, it is important to remind oneself the basics. His column is good for more senior product managers with junior product managers that they are advising as well.
In case you haven’t realized, every once in a while I too need that little motivational boost. I view these blogs as a sort of yoga. When reading blogs that remind me what I should inspire to be like, I do a self check list and try and see where I can improve. Evan Michner does an excellent short checklist.
While this might be a lengthy read compared to the other blogs, it is the favorite one I read this week. Jack Krawcyzk, product manager at Pandora, goes into detail about his work ethic and how he rose to the top. His tips are excellent for any product manager, no matter how much experience you think you have, you can always learn from one of the best.
Now that you’ve read enough, let’s watch a very-short video. Here you will pick up some advice on how to not cause your customers unease and make them happy with your product. No matter how good your product is, you need to make sure that your customer is happy and is easy to use.
In this post, Martin Eriksson presents a video from Mind the Product San Francisco 2015, where Jon Kolko, Founder and Director of Austin Center for Design, VP of Product at Blackboard and author of Well-Designed: How to Use Empathy to Create Products People Love, discusses how a new product comes to be from the process of establishing a vision.