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Starting in a new role
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Article 💻
New Role(s)
A good reminder to focus on understanding your new role/team/company. Focus on learning about how you can add value to your team vs. trying to make changes immediately.
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How to Win Friends & Influence People
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Book 📖
Fundamental Techniques in Handling People
Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain
Give honest and sincere appreciation
Arouse in the other person an eager want
Six Ways to Make People Like You
Become genuinely interested in other people
Smile
Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language
Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves
Talk in terms of the other person’s interests
Make the other person feel important -- and do it sincerely
How to Win People to Your Way of Thinking
Let the other person feel the idea is theirs
Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view
Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires
Appeal to the nobler motives
Dramatize your ideas
Throw down a challenge
Be a Leader: How to Change People Without Giving Offense or Arousing Resentment
Begin with praise and honest appreciation
Call attention to people’s mistakes indirectly
Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person
Ask questions instead of giving direct orders
Let the other person save face
Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. Be “hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise”
Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to
Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to correct
Make the other person happy about doing the thing you suggest
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10x not 10%
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Article 💻
Frame team goals around impact, not just effort
Take risks → don’t fade into obscurity like Kodak
Be open to failing but push for new ideas
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Please Make Yourself Uncomfortable
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Be uncomfortable (push yourself & the team to be in a space where you are willing to be bold, thinking in terms of missed opportunities, not mistakes)
Listen carefully (understand what’s happening on teams and find ways to correct/update/refine based on what’s happening)
Let everyone solo (give people ownership and the space they need to shine/contribute)
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What the @#*($&# is product market fit?
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Other
PM fit → When you can repeatedly acquire new customers at a cost less than what they’re worth to you (lifetime value)
Remember this fit is in stages → you can have fit and then saturate your initial market and need to find new/additional fit
Raising money/IPO != having PM-fit
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The Principles of UX Choreography
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Article 💻
Design
"The biggest thing to take away here is that our job as UX and visual designers is not just to make things functional and follow best practices. We’re also trying to make these experiences enjoyable and, most of all, tell a story through experience sequences. "
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How Great Designers Take Responsibility for Feedback
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Article 💻
Design
Helpful tips for thinking about doing design reviews and getting helpful feedback
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Meetings That Don’t Suck
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Article 💻
Meetings
A great piece focused on what it means to make a good meeting
Keep meetings small!
1:1s are important → make sure to prioritize these vs. constantly moving them
Being in a lot of meetings != being productive
Ensure every meeting has an owner in charge of its output
Be ok with ending meetings early if all discussion points hit

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Five keys to a successful team (Google)
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Article 💻
Team Dynamics
Psychological safety → every team member should feel safe taking risks and being vulnerable with each other
Dependability → able to get things done on time and meet/exceed set standards
Structure & Clarity → have clear roles and goals for entire team
Meaning → get people excited and working on projects that are meaningful to them
Impact → make every person feel their work matters and is creating change

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Product Management in Practice
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Book 📖
Recommended to me as a great book of example problems you may experience as a PM and good general tips for how to deal with them. SUPER HELPFUL
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Ken Norton’s Book List
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Article 💻
A huge name in the Product Field; Ken shares his recommended readings for Product here (I haven’t read most of these but all seem to have high reviews)
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Weapons of Math Destruction
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Book 📖
A great look into how data can be used to increase inequality. Provides a lot of perspective for thinking about the ethics of potential products you may want to build.
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This is now your company
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Book 📖
A book on how you should think about your company’s culture and find ways to improve the company at large.
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How to Work with Software Engineers
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Deflect praise
Absorb blame
Sweat the details
Involve them early
Streamline process
Always tell the reasons
Never commit without them
Respect their time
Be specific
Trust them
(And finally…) Always bring the donuts

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Becoming a More Senior PM —> Managing PMs
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Tweet(s) 🐦
Career Growth
An interesting perspective of how to grow from an IC PM to a PM manager/leader
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How to get a job as a Product Manager
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Article 💻
Becoming a PM
A great intro guide for how to transition into Product Management
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PM Intrinsics Interview Prep Handbook
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Doc 📝
Becoming a PM
Interviews
A great collection of resources for prepping for being a storm PM
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Stellar Peers
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A platform that connects you with other (aspiring) PMs looking to mock interview
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The Ultimate List of Product Manager Interview Questions
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Article 💻
A list of questions to prep to answer while getting ready for a PM Interview
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How to research a company prior to an interview
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Doc 📝
Becoming a PM
Interviews
Great summary of what to do when researching a company prior to an intro call
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Cracking the PM Interview
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Decode and Conquer
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Becoming a PM
Interviews
The
book to read for understanding how to structure your answer for PM interview questions
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Conducting User Interviews: How to do it Right
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Article 💻
Research + User Interviews
A great guide for how to handle user interviews.
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Why, How, and When to Utilize Usability Testing
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How to get your first Product Manager role
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Design + Development Process @ Figma
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https://twitter.com/skuwamoto/status/1235042668494741504?s=20
Tweet(s) 🐦
Design
Interesting insights into how Figma goes from idea to brainstorm to how they come to the final design/experience
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There are no small changes
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Article 💻
Design
General
A great resource thinking about how any task, regardless of how small it may seem, can require much more worse and thinking than you would expect.
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3 Better Ways to Improve User Retention
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Article 💻
Retention
User Experience
Great summary of ways to think of users when trying to retain them.
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Good vs Great Product Managers
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Tweet(s) 🐦
Career Growth
General
Influence & Leadership
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Product Initiative Doc
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Product Management templates
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https://coda.io/d/Product-Change-Managment-Tools_dwTw93SQ0il/7-Icebox_sumJJ#_luOsU
Doc 📝
General
Meetings
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The Qualities of Great Design - WWDC 2018 - Videos - Apple Developer
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PRD Feedback Process Recs
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Tweet(s) 🐦
Team Dynamics
Claire’s post for better structuring PRD review to get clear feedback earlier and in a more focused way
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Amplitude One-Pager Checklist - Google Docs
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Doc 📝
Product Strategy
Great for thinking about proposals
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Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual: Ajayi Jones, Luvvie: 9781984881908: Amazon.com: Books
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All You Have to Do Is Ask: How to Master the Most Important Skill for Success: Baker, Wayne: 9781984825926: Amazon.com: Books
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Overlooked User Interview Questions
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Listen Like You Mean It: Reclaiming the Lost Art of True Connection: Vengoechea, Ximena: 9780593087053: Amazon.com: Books
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The One Key to Dealing with Senior Executives: Answer the Question! | Kellblog
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The Friendly Feud Game: The secret to making better product decisions
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Try this for helping guide a trade-off discussion. Understand where people’s heads are and then use to dive in and focus the convo and help who ever Approver is, be able to make informed decision
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HBS PM101 + 102 Readings
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Helpful collection of readings
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