25 Product Management Lessons

Some things I’ve learned along the way

1. Start with Why

2. Start Together with the Team

3. Understand the Problem You’re Solving

4. Get to Know the (Real) Customer

5. Be Ready to Be Proven Wrong

6. Have Hypotheses for Your Work

7. Make the Designer Your Ally

8. Understand Complexity Drivers

9. Be the Voice of the Business

10. Bring the Data

11. Bring the Donuts

12. Build a Team of Missionaries

13. Protect the Team

14. Don’t Overprotect the Team

15. Do Fewer Things Better

16. Make strategy the priority (prioritize correctly)

  1. due to inevitable uncertainty, ROI calcs are arbitrary
  2. max ROI is not a strategy — so prioritize by strategic fit instead.

17. Think Big, Work Small

18. Don’t Throw Stuff at the Wall to See What Sticks

19. The Proof Is in the Pudding

20. You Can’t A/B Test Your Way to Greatness

21. Differentiate Between MVP and v1

22. Invest in that v2

23. Make Time for Learning

24. Embrace Diversity, Debate, and Discomfort

25. Hustle, But Do It With Direction

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