Today’s Medium article was about communication. This is always a good reminder. As my parents used to remind me... “God gave you two ears and one mouth. So, you should listen twice as much as you speak.” There are some good general reminders that we need to listen...actually listen to the needs. Don’t just try to guess what the stakeholder needs. Listen to their needs.
We also get caught in the quick reply mindset. I get caught in this myself, so this was a good reminder for me. I get a lot of emails and communications. I feel mentally pressured to act based on notifications. I like to have only items in my inbox that still require work. So those things together drive me to respond quickly. I need to stop, and consider the responses.
I also had the opportunity to complete the TeamTreehouse Product Management track. Overall it was a good introduction, but it should be a baseline for Associate Product Managers, not as a tool that would help us get to where Product Managers or Sr. Product Managers would be spending their time.
May 16, 2022 - WCAG
Today’s Medium article is about Product Leadership. This is a good one. Good reminder of how to move into leadership positions and why. If you are only doing it for a title or for more comp, those are the wrong reasons. You should do those things because you like to grow Product people or you like working on complex problems. Those are the sort of things the new role would require of you anyway. So, if you are only interested for the title or comp, you really aren’t interested.
Also continuing some training on TeamTreehouse on WCAG requirements and web accessibility. Was a good reminder to check out some of the cool features our phones have built into them regarding accessibility.
May 14, 2022 - Personal growth
Today I read this from Medium. I will have to check it a couple of the links for the tools mentioned. Personally, bring a long time book lover, I wonder how much someone could get from reading and working through the Product School book instead of spending the money on the course. Of course, you doing get a certificate of completion, but is it worth it?
This makes me think of the movie Good Will Hunting....
Will: You wasted $150,000 on an education you coulda got for a buck fifty in late charges at the public library.
Anyone that knows me knows how much I love the library.
r. It is all about how to raise our children with intention. Lots of introspection today.
Always be learning.
May 13, 2022 - More data analysis
This was a good reminder of what a one-pager should look like. For anyone looking to get into Product, this is a great thing to learn how to create. When I start on a new product or at a new company, I start by pulling my ideas into a one-pager.
I am continuing my learning journey with TeamTreehouse today and hopefully will wrap up the data analysis course. It is a bit of an elementary class so far, but there is always something you can get out of it. In my case, I’ve always used Excel for data analysis. The course uses Google Sheets, so, I’ve been able to learn some of the tips and tricks of dealing with Google Sheets. Always be learning.
May 12, 2022 - Data analysis
Continuing on the Product Management Basics class at TeamTreeHouse today. The class of the day is Spreadsheet basics. I am already familiar with Spreadsheets (been using them for many years), but in training like this there are always new things that have changed since I started, and there are opportunities to learn. I encourage anyone that knows a subject to stick with it and pick out that one extra nugget. Sometimes it is a very simple thing that can change your world.
Doing some TeamTreehouse learning on Data analysis.
I finished up my company’s training on Figma too. This will give me access to switch over from Adobe XD to Figma, which is a huge win. I’ve used Figma before, so this is a bit of a refresher. I had forgotten how great Figma is. I hadn’t really used it since my days at LPL back in 2000, so the changes that they’ve implemented are wonderful. They’ve taken some of the best things from other tools and incorporated it into Figma. Way to go!
This was a good article with a few takeaways, but I could summarize by saying “keep a balanced roadmap.” Don’t focus too much on a customer, too much data from A/B testing, don’t promise dates, make it available and visible.
May 6, 2022 - Some training
Today happens to be my 16th wedding anniversary. I am blessed to be married to my best friend.
I had an opportunity to do several small classes on Treehouse today. I finished up some of the Design classes and moved on to some of the User Research content. The Product Manager track is pretty good for getting an overall understanding of what the role should be and how we should be considering the broad goals of the Product, but it lacks a lot of the tactical content (or it was just covered so fast and that is where we spend a lot of time).
This reminds me of the Pragmatic Marketing approach, where the high value content is where we want to be (and the Treehouse course teaches), but most of our time is spent fighting fires and with the tactical work that doesn’t drive as much value.
May 5, 2022 - Product Frameworks
Today I finished the Coda training and am continuing on the Product Manager path here at Treehouse. The next class is on UX, which fortunately for me I’ve got several years of experience in.
Read this article today. Presents the VICTORY framework:
The Scrum Essentials was good, and a very high level introduction for anyone who has never experienced Scrum before, however it was a very basic course for those of us who interact with Scrum every day. I wish that Treehouse had a good way to test out of a class and still get the credit.
Here’s a little more about the course if you are curious.
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