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Good reads #14: Lots on how we work.


2019-05-06


A bumper list for you this week, folks, after my impromptu week off (sorry!). Overall, I’d say the vibe this week is on how we work; how we get into Product, how our work environment affects us, how we’re moving towards remote working etc. I really enjoyed everything in here and couldn’t wait to share it with you all. Let me know what you think!


Articles/resources

The Path to Product Management.
Pros and Cons of Moving to Product from Engineering.
From PM to Product Leader to Founder with Dark’s Ellen Chisa.
So You’re Hiring a Product Manager?.
A few good posts this week on moving into Product Management from a couple of different perspectives, including from a hiring manager’s point of view.


Slack’s head of workplace design thinks open floor plans “suuuck”.
Workers Love AirPods Because Employers Stole Their Walls.
I love spaces designed for teams to collaborate effectively together. I love spaces that give me the peace and quiet I need to get into a state of flow if I’m working on something alone. I do not love completely open plan offices due to the strain caused by the various day to day distractions.

When I worked at King, I was lucky enough to have been involved in the design of the space for my team. We cut out the distractions without being away from the rest of the business. I, and I dare say the whole team, did some of our best work in that environment. For that reason, I can’t help but get behind the growing conversation around office design.


Stripe’s fifth engineering hub is Remote.
How to focus on work in a remote setting.
Workfrom - discover the best places to get work done when working remotely.
Remote is here to stay, folks. I know several people who are violently against the idea, but at this point I think it’s fair to say that it’s fast becoming (become?) an expected mode of working, even if you’re just remote-friendly (work from home/work away/some full time remote workers etc). You have to make allowances to make it work for everyone, whatever your setup.


Coaching Tools – The Assessment.
I’ll let Marty Cagan describe this, as he does it way better than I ever could:

In my last several articles, I have been focusing on coaching tools for helping managers of product managers to raise the level of performance of the product managers that report to them.

I want every manager of product managers to feel considerable urgency and importance around this need. Your cross-functional product teams depend on competent product managers, and if you don’t develop your people and provide growth opportunities, there are usually other companies that will. I have always been a big believer in the old adage that “people join a company, but leave their manager.”

This article discusses the technique that I use and advocate for assessing a product manager. It is the foundation for then coaching the person to success.


By Default, Ship Nothing.
Here’s the premise of this one: highest priority does not necessarily mean most worthwhile.


Indecision in Product: How to Avoid Becoming a Bottleneck.
In this post Alex talks about speed of decision making.


Building Product Tours: The design process behind our onboarding tool.
I’m in love with Intercom’s new onboarding feature. I’m doubly in love with the fact that they shared this product’s journey in this blog post 👏


Media and Social