Long hours mean success? Bullshit. Here’s my experience of why.
Over the last few days, my Twitter feed has been alight with argument (what’s new?) about something Ryan Selkis said in reply to Jason Fried: The Twittersphere bundled in, some strongly in favour, some strongly against, some trying to take a pragmatic middle ground, and many just in it for the argument. It got me […]
‘Just get out there and make products’ is bad advice, and here’s why
Are you the kind of person who has significant financial means, or who enjoys working long hours to the detriment of your family, physical health, mental health, or social life? If so, this post, “Want to be a Product Manager? Just get out There and Make Products”, on the Mind The Product blog is for […]
A week in the life (aka ‘What does a Product Manager do?’)
I’m chatting with a couple of people at the moment who are curious about getting into Product Management. They’re asking similar questions, and one that we keep circling around is essentially “what do you actually do?” It’s hard to convey the breadth of work that you cover as a Product Manager. Many have added their […]
You don’t suck. You just think you do.
Whether we care to admit it or not, imposter syndrome stalks us all. Sometimes we feel it more or less acutely than others, but it’s there and a fact of life. Most commonly in my discussions with other Product Managers I find that we think obsessively about three key themes; we aren’t developing ourselves, we […]
I’m managing my own career.. wtf?
You’ve been told that your career is yours to manage and that opportunities are out there for you to find. You find yourself master of your own destiny, but don’t really know what that means, or how to effect change. This post is for you. What does ‘manage your own career’ even mean? I once […]
The woman behind the Netflix culture doc
The Netflix culture doc has an almost mythical status. When it first became popularised, it was a fresh way of thinking about corporate culture and individual responsibility. The Woman Behind the Netflix Culture Doc is an interview with Patty McCord on the infamous document, how it came about, and her own thoughts on it. An […]