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Good reads #7: Effective product leadership


2019-03-10


This week I’ve enjoyed a few posts about Product leadership and really doing it well, be that as a leader of people or as a leader of product direction. There are a couple of posts that sprung from wide ranging surveys, some really great tips on how to run effective product reviews, and a great read on remote working.


Articles

The 3 most effective ways to build trust as a leader by Claire Lew.
In a survey Claire Lew asked people about how leaders build trust effectively. Whilst the usual suspects came up, [for some] a few unexpected results bubbled to the top as well. This is a short read, and worth a few minutes of your time. At the end, ask yourself, “how much does my leadership style resonate with this?”


What Do Product Leaders Worry About? by Rich Mironov.
Another interesting post based on a survey, this time asking about the kinds of things that keep Product leaders up at night.


Running Product Reviews People Actually Look Forward To by Dan Slate.

After each product review, the team feels less confidence in their work, less clear on the direction they should be pursuing, and less autonomy to drive alignment across the team on the contradictory directives and requests they’ve received. In the worst case scenario, the inconsistent “guidance” that comes out of these meetings causes the team to repeatedly change direction and ship something that fails to deliver value to customers.

In this post there are some great tips on how not to run product reviews like the one in that quotation. We’ve all sat through conversations that resulted in this, I’m sure. Dan suggests that properly framing the product review, focusing on validated customer insights, is the way to go.


Remote Working for Product Teams by Richard Banfield.
I’m continuing to think a lot about remote working and distributed teams, and I enjoyed Richard’s post this week on the subject for a couple of reasons. It gives a very thoughtful perspective on why remote working is important to companies of all sizes, and it also gives useful guidance on how to do it effectively. If you’re curious about remote working, this post is a really great place to start.


Facebook’s Privacy Cake by Ben Thompson.
The messy details behind Facebook’s messaging plans by Russell Brandom.
Facebook Messenger had a vulnerability that could let hackers see who you contact by Shannon Liao.
Car-bomb fears and stolen prototypes: Inside Facebook’s efforts to protect its 80,000 workers around the globe by Rob Price.
This week Facebook announced a pivot towards privacy, and in particular around messaging. The stock price barely budged, which I found fascinating. As you can see from this selection, the media went in for the kill [again].

I find all of this incredibly interesting, and in particular the way that Facebook navigates these now constant attacks on its products. Not a week goes by without a scandal of some sort, it seems.


Media

Nothing this week!


Social

This tweet by Alex.
I really like the way that Alex summarises his week as a Product Designer. It’s nice and succinct. A while back I wrote a post about a typical week, which goes into more detail, but I really like the simplicity of Alex’s version. What does your week look like?