Category: Personal growth

August 13, 2018

At one point in my product management career, I found myself sleeping under a desk for 2 nights straight, eating vending machine chips for dinner and brushing my teeth in the office bathroom before jumping back into launch readiness with a team of engineers and support staff. I had no room for the concept of balancing my work & life under that desk. 

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As product managers, we’re highly proficient at putting together a roadmap for our products. What happens when we use the same focus and creative thinking when we think about our careers? Join Andrea Chesleigh, VP of Product at One Kings Lane, as she shares her experiences and learnings at companies like Zappos and Rent the Runway to build out her product career roadmap. Andrea will talk about her thought process and highlight how she uses the same critical thinking skills we normally use in our Product toolkit when shaping her career.

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August 6, 2018

We’re hiring! Our fast growing organization is one of the largest networks of product managers and early adopters in the world. We’re looking for a highly motivated and forward-thinking Strategic Sales Director to have a direct impact on the bottom line. To apply, email resume and cover letter to sc@productsthatcount.com with subject “Strategic Sales Director Candidate.”

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Shoot-Ready-Aim. It’s the classic recipe for failure. Let Scott walk you through his 14-point checklist for determining when it makes sense to do just a moderate amount of planning up front.

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How can Product leaders lead design organizations when they’re not designers themselves? When done badly there is tension between the product and design teams because the business can easily distrust the intangible benefits of a thriving design team. Jet.com fmr Product VP Sarah Bernard shares a tried and true framework Product leaders can apply in their organization to insure their design thinking is performing to its highest potential. Product leaders need this performance from design because it is an essential element for solving really hard product problems and getting to inspired solutions.

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July 11, 2018

Leading a product team is hard work in the best of times. But are you equipped for a crisis? YouTube Premium Product Head Will Aldrich has learned to lead successful product teams in extreme circumstances, from the recent mass shooting at YouTube to the sudden passing of SurveyMonkey’s CEO. He will share some advice he wishes he’d had for helping a team heal during hypergrowth.

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July 11, 2018

If building products is hard, building platforms is uniquely challenging. Customer segmentation is tricky, prioritizing features and defining MVPs incredibly complex, and maintaining quality without creating bottlenecks exhausting. “But the rewards of seeing products and services flourish and scale on your platform is both exhilarating and fulfilling,” says Snap, Facebook and Microsoft product exec Ash Wahi. In this talk, he draws on his experiences working on the Facebook Open Graph, Snap monetization platform, .NET Framework, and early Azure ServiceBus, to share best practices to building platforms that scale.

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June 13, 2018

How do you go about building tech that keeps people healthy? Digital health has massive promises, but it’s no an easy task to connect communities around difficult topics like chronic diseases or drug addiction.

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How do you drive meaningful growth for your product? Slack Product Head Jules Walter shares frameworks he used to drive growth. He takes a stand against traditional approaches of scaling using a test and repeat approach. Instead, he advocates first developing a deep understanding of the problems preventing growth, and then using a structured approach to identify the best experiments to tackle those problems.

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studiored Founder Philip Bourgeois is my guest on this week’s podcast episode. Learn about his processes for developing digital and physical interactions throughout the development process, that have made his firm the leading producer of wearables and bio-tech hardware in Silicon Valley.

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