TOBY ROGERS

prodmgmt

Facebook don’t test. Why would they? With an active user base of more than one billion, it’s all-but impossible for them to create a staging server which bears any resemblance to their live environment at all.

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I’ve taken so many bullets for my development team that I’m starting to look like Butch & Sundance. A recent update to one of our systems led to a 500% increase in support tickets, all a result of issues that looked trivial on paper but had a huge impact on the customer experience.

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Setting off on a journey without a map is fine, if you’re not bothered about where you’ll end up. If you’re trying to destroy a Death Star, though, then you’ve got to stay on target. The same is true if you’re trying to build world class products.

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As former Intel CEO Andy Grove said in his seminal book High Output Management, a team will perform only if peak performance is elicited from the individuals in it.

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Most Product Teams try to steer clear of Key Performance Indicators. What works for business-as-usual functions like Customer Support and Operations doesn’t always work for teams whose primary goal is getting new features into the hands of customers.

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I love Reddit. The self-styled front page of the Internet has long been my favourite place to hang out online. I love it so much I’ve got five different accounts which I use for posting and commenting on different subreddits, from r/psychedelicrock to r/StarWars, from r/twinpeaks to r/talesfromtechsupport (and no, I don’t upvote myself; that would be cheating).

I’ve also got a Reddit button on my denim jacket…

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Hanging out backstage with musicians doesn’t seem like the ideal training ground for product management, but there are actually a lot of similarities between writing articles people want to read and building products people want to use. Both are about engaging an audience, after all.

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There are a lot of good product managers, but great product managers are few and far between. To get to the very top, you need to have the right qualities.

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Ever since my Mum was advised to cut back on my E numbers as a child, I’ve been coping with the symptoms of ADHD. Far from being a hindrance, though, I’ve found some of the traits associated with an attention deficit disorder can be an advantage, particularly within the world of startups and software development.

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John Cutler has a really good template for anyone forced into creating quarterly product roadmaps. It breaks down each column into three sections to make it easier to articulate what is/isn't in the plan.

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