Thomas Edison was an engineering genius, but he wasn’t a product manager - and that’s okay.
Let’s take a look at 3 product mistakes Edison made… and who came around to fix them.Read More
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You’ve probably heard of Design Sprints, but have you ever participated in one? I recently participated in a two-day ‘abridged’ version of a design sprint. This post describes Day 1.
This is Part 1 of my 3-part series of my experience.Read More
This week, this product manager went to the chiropractor.
And it didn't suck.
Once you take all the bad stuff out of a chiropractic appointment and focus only on what brings the customer value, it turns out it really doesn't take that long.Read More
Norway, a country with a 100% literacy rate and super educated population, labor is expensive.
And where labor is expensive, automation is going to move on in.
Here are some examples of simple automation in Norway, from my recent trip.Read More
I'd rather be at dinner with Roy Moore than be stuck in an airport and dealing with airlines. And yet, since Elon hasn't invented teleporting yet, we have to use planes to get around.
Read about my experience with a pilot strike in Mexico City, and what airlines need to do to optimize their user experience, and their product.
Would you rather get a bad case of swine flu than go to the post office? Me too.
Product managers can learn a lot from the user experience of the post office, which hasn't changed much for many decades. Let's talk post office problems, and solutions, and avoid the same pitfalls for the products we manage.Read More
Cable companies used to have a monopoly on TV products, but in the past decade, over-the-top providers like Netflix and Hulu have really disrupted this industry. (Thank God!)
This is a fascinating case study for product managers, as this new competition has forced traditional cable to step up their product game.
Episode 11 of the podcast also discusses this topic.Read More
What does a product manager think about when she goes to the grocery store?
Read my rant about what the grocery store experience should look like.
I'll leave you dreaming about the grocery store of the future, promise.Read More
Do we care if our smart TV tells Chipotle how many burritos we ate this week?
We all want to share *just enough* personal data, so product people can build the cool products we want.
Yet, the question remains, when does it get weird? And do I want my Roomba to tell Amazon that my dog toy:dog ratio is a bit concerning?Read More
Imagine that you've never ridden a bicycle, because it's just recently been invented.
Also imagine, because you're riding a bike, that you're definitely going to contract a new disease linked to this new technology.... called... bicycle face.Read More
A zealous product manager endeavors to fix everything.
For me, being a product manager doesn't stop on the weekends. When I'm out and about doing everyday things, I am still thinking about end-to-end user experience, and why things were built the way they were.
I also think about the way things are going to be in the (near) future. And how we can make everything better.
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