Product Q&A with Paul Rosania

PMHQ Community AMA Sessions - Paul Rosania

For those who are unaware, AMA stands for ‘Ask Me Anything’ where you’ll have the chance to ask our featured guest any question you’d like. Our product guest of honor is:

Paul Rosania

About: Paul is the Product Lead for Core Product at Slack. He was previously a Group Product Manager at Twitter where he ran the team responsible for the Home Timeline.

On the web:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ptr
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulrosania

AMA Details:
Date: Tuesday, April 26th
Time: 11AM PT / 2PM ET
Location: #ama channel

To join in on the Q&A, check out our Product Manager HQ community!

Product Manager Interview: Prioritization Question

Product Manager Interview - Prioritization Question

Every new feature or product your team works on is an opportunity cost for the company. As a product manager, it is absolutely critical that you fully understand your customer needs and establish a prioritization process to identify what your team should be working on next. Without proper prioritization, your team could waste many months of time and cash building the wrong thing.

During the product manager interview, you will often get a question revolving around how you think about prioritization. There are several different approaches and preferences here but here is one we recommend:

1) Start by thinking about the OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) you want to be influencing.

Chances are, your company will probably have a broader set of OKRs that they will want to focus on at any given time. You’ll want to first think at a high level which OKR makes the most sense for your product at it’s current stage in its lifecycle. For example, perhaps your current OKR is around moving specific metrics – i.e. for a newly released consumer app, you may be focused on customer acquisition or for a product that has plenty of traffic but a lack of monetization, you may want to focus on conversion.

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Product Q&A with Christina Wodtke

PMHQ Community AMA Sessions - Christina Wodtke

For those who are unaware, AMA stands for ‘Ask Me Anything’ where you’ll have the chance to ask our featured guest any question you’d like. Our product guest of honor is:

Christina Wodtke

About: Christina Wodtke trains companies to move from insight to execution as principal of her firm, Wodtke Consulting, and teaches the next generation of entrepreneurs at California College of the Arts and Stanford Continuing Education. Christina has led redesigns and initial product offerings for such companies as LinkedIn, Myspace, Zynga, Yahoo!, Hot Studio, and eGreetings. She has founded two consulting startups, a product startup, and Boxes and Arrows, an online magazine of design; and she co-founded the Information Architecture Institute. She’s the author of 101 Theses on Design, Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web and her new book about OKRs, Radical Focus. Currently she teaches at California College of the Arts and Stanford Continuing Education. She speaks everywhere from conferences to universities to boardrooms, and opines across the internet, but most often on eleganthack.com

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How Handshakes Predict How Fast You Ship

This is a guest post that was originally published by Madhu Punjabi on Medium.

A mathematical insight into how products get shipped.

I love the white board. I mean, I really love the white board. As a Product Manager, I love the part of my job that allows me to dream of a better future (with our product in it, of course) and then watch it all come true.

I always thought that fast growth would mean faster product development. I’ve worked at Google, TellApart, Pinterest, and even did a short stint at Amazon. For the most part, I’ve watched companies at least double in size. You would think that fast growth means faster development. That’s not necessarily the case. In fact, by adding more people to a company, product development can actually slow down and take 2x or 3x as long to get something done. Strange, isn’t it?

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Product Q&A with Justin Watt

PMHQ Community AMA Sessions - Justin Watt

For those who are unaware, AMA stands for ‘Ask Me Anything’ where you’ll have the chance to ask our featured guest any question you’d like. Our product guest of honor is:

Justin Watt

About: While attending university for psychology, Justin ventured in to project & product management where he took part in internal products creation for Shaw and IBM. He worked on projects with MetaLab on the side starting in 2012 and officially joined the team in 2015 where his formal title is Project Manager which at MetaLab includes product management as a focus. He’s worked on and launched products for Fortune 10 companies and startups. When not doing this he’s a big fan of running, music festivals, and continuous learning in all things product management.

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How To Build A Product Roadmap Everyone Understands  

How to Build a Product Roadmap Everyone Understands

This is a guest post that was originally published by Andrea Saez on ProdPad.

Up until recently, no one really knew what product roadmaps were supposed to look like, but we all knew something had to change.

At my old companies, we were using JIRA and a release planner to communicate our product plans. They were long, complicated, and detailed – because you know, they’re made for devs – and made for messy backlogs that were extremely hard to follow.

Today, roadmapping is a contentious subject but at least one thing is self-evident: We know that no one really reads overly detailed roadmaps (TL;DR!)

We’re also discovering how powerful it is when when a roadmap is so clearly designed that teams put it at the center of product decisions, and companies put it at the center of their business decisions.

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