With 2017 in the rearview mirror, let’s take a moment to look back at the year’s top product management insights coupled with a cavalcade of pop culture highs and lows.
Are People Using Your Product?
Sounds like a simple question, but the answer can be really complex — like how scientists still debate what, exactly, keeps bicycles upright.
Fortunately, Josh Elman, a current Partner at Greylock Ventures and formerly of LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, gives us a framework to understand the question — the product question, not the bike question — so we can answer logically in a way that pertains to our individual products.
Otto Rohwedder invented sliced bread, and it was a complete failure until Wonder figured out how to capture people’s attention and spread the word about sliced bread. That’s the opening gambit in this classic TED talk by marketing guru Seth Godin, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
In a world with too many choices, with technology increasingly encroaching on every aspect of our lives, and time at an all-time low, this TED talk is still relevant today — maybe even more relevant today than in 2007.
What if someone told you, you’ve been doing product one way your entire life, and you’ve been doing it wrong?
That’s the situation Terry Moore, director of the Radius Foundation, found himself in one day when he learned he’d been tying his shoes the wrong way his entire life.
Being a Product Manager entails a lot more than just managing your inbox. But email is an unavoidable part of getting work done through others and delivering great products and experiences.