Building and Managing a Remote Team: Best Practices from Doist’s Head of Marketing
Managing a remote team effectively is not about monitoring the amount of time your team members spend online. It’s about building and supporting a team that doesn’t need to be micromanaged in the first place.
4 days ago
How to Shape Remarkable Products in the Messy Middle of Building Startups
You can’t expect new customers to endure explanation. You can’t even expect customers to patiently watch as you show them how to use your product. Your best chance at engaging them is to do it for them — at least at first.
product  onboarding 
5 days ago
Why Doctors Hate Their Computers
Doctors are among the most technology-avid people in society; computerization has simplified tasks in many industries. Yet somehow we’ve reached a point where people in the medical profession actively, viscerally, volubly hate their computers.
healthcare  medicine 
5 days ago
Empowered Product Teams | Silicon Valley Product Group
In most companies, technology teams exist “to serve the business.”  That is very often the literal phrase you will hear. But even if they aren’t explicit about it, the different parts of the business end up driving what is actually built by the technology teams.

However, in contrast, in strong product organizations, teams exist for a very different purpose.  They exist “to serve the customers, in ways that meet the needs of the business.”
prodmgmt  blog 
13 days ago
Engineering Deadlines: How Engineers Benefit From Delivery Dates
While working without the pressure of explicit deadlines can feel liberating, it also increases the chance of distraction. Deadlines help us stay focused, aligned and driven – and can be used to keep project scope in check.
prodmgmt  roadmap  blog 
13 days ago
Escape From the Feature Roadmap to Outcome-driven Development - Mind the Product
You’re exploring new lands. You know where you want to get to — that’s your outcome — but there’s no established route to get there. So you’ll probably set out, and if you’re measuring yourself correctly and you’ve got good feedback loops in place, you’ll be able to course correct and quickly iterate towards your outcome. But you could only draw the complete roadmap with hindsight.

So it’s time to take a new approach: forget the features and focus on the outcomes.
prodmgmt  roadmap  blog 
14 days ago
Teens Are Being Bullied 'Constantly' on Instagram - The Atlantic
Because bullying on your main feed is seen by many as aggressive and uncool, many teens create hate pages: separate Instagram accounts, purpose-built and solely dedicated to trashing one person, created by teens alone or in a group. They’ll post bad photos of their target, expose her secrets, post screenshots of texts from people saying mean things about her, and any other terrible stuff they can find.

“I’ve had at least 10 hate pages made about me,” said Annie, a 15-year-old who asked to be referred to by a pseudonym. “I know some were made in a row by the same person, but some were from different people. They say really nasty things about you, the most outrageous as possible.”
socialmedia  instagram  blog 
29 days ago
You Can Never Go Back to the Old Twitter – The Atlantic – Medium
None of it really does anything to the service itself. It doesn’t return Twitter to the edenic state I remember, and loved, the one that introduced me to new social worlds, brought my attention to important injustices, the one that Kathryn Schulz called “sentences with friends.”
Twitter has become like New York. You love it, you hate it, you can’t leave it, it makes you crazy, it’s getting you down, you leave it. Because the media is all there, and everyone on Twitter sort of becomes part of the media, when you leave, you write an essay detailing the euphoria, the sense of loss, the superiority you feel over those who have stayed, the shrinking halo of relevance that hurts like a phantom limb.
You go back, probably, shamefully re-install it in your mind, tweet a few times to see how many people make fun of you for quitting. But everyone forgot four minutes after you left, so, like, whatever.
blog  socialmedia  twitter 
5 weeks ago
Horror is a dark and piercing reflection of our anxious times | Aeon Essays
As any historian of the genre will tell you, horror has had previous golden ages. Perhaps ours is just a random quirk of popular taste. But perhaps not. Perhaps we are intoxicated by horror today because the genre is serving a function that others aren’t. Can’t. Horror’s roots run deep, but they twist themselves into forms very modern. The imagination’s conversion of fear into art offers a dark and piercing mirror.
horror  literature 
5 weeks ago
Continuous Design
Essentially, Continuous Design is the way we deliver the design perspective to our team and the products we work on. Start with “good enough” and set up feedback loops to establish a dialog with your users to determine what to improve next. Keep an eye on the landscape in front of you while the other on the horizon. By working continuously with design, we can create quality digital products that deliver on a business’s promise to customers and at the same time keep up with the pace required of a digital product team today.
design  process  blog 
5 weeks ago
Roadmaps are Dead! Long Live Roadmaps! by C. Todd Lombardo - Mind the Product
To understand where features fit within a roadmap, you have to understand that there are three key elements: outputs, outcomes, and impact.

Outputs are what you produce. They are the features.
Outcomes are the behavior change you are trying to drive. What problem does that feature solve? If we solve that problem, what is the outcome we want to see?
Impact is the business metric you are looking to increase or decrease with this outcome. How do we know we’ve actually done what we wanted to do?
When you combine the outcomes and the impact, you get your objectives and key results. At that point, your theme becomes a headline for your problem or need.
roadmap  prodmgmt  prioritization 
10 weeks ago
No. 23. Uncertainty of friendship.
“The most fatal disease of friendship is gradual decay, or dislike hourly increased by causes too slender for complaint, and too numerous for removal.—Those who are angry may be reconciled; those who have been injured may receive a recompense: but when the desire of pleasing and willingness to be pleased is silently diminished, the renovation of friendship is hopeless; as, when the vital powers sink into languor, there is no longer any use of the physician.”
12 weeks ago
Twitter is not your friend. The Sarah Jeong saga shows us why.
We write for an audience we think we know, in a vernacular they’ll understand, using reference points they’re familiar with. Six years later, our tweets are weaponized to an audience we don’t know, thick with terms they understand differently, with the reference points completely absent.

Twitter is not your friend. It is built to reward us for snarky in-group communication and designed to encourage unintended out-group readership. It fosters both tribalism and tribal collision. It seduces you into thinking you’re writing for one community but it gives everyone the ability to search your words and project them forward in time and space and outward into another community at the point when it’ll do you maximum damage. It leaves you explaining jokes that can’t be explained to employers that don’t like jokes anyway.

And it’s not just what we write. It’s what we see. Our feeds are filled with reasonable, funny, thoughtful comments from our groups and the most unreasonable, offensive tweets sent by our out-groups.

If you’re a conservative, the liberal tweets that get shot into your sightline aren’t the most thoughtful or representative missives; they’re the ones designed to make you think liberals hate you, are idiots, or both. The same is true if you’re a liberal: you see the worst of the right, not the best. And after you’ve seen enough of these kinds of comments from the other side, you begin to think that’s who they are, that you’re getting a true picture of what your opponents are really like, and what they really think of you — but it’s not a true picture, it’s a distortion built to deepen your attachment to your friends, your resentment of your opponents, and your engagement on the platform. And it’s one that plays on our tendencies to read the other side with much less generosity than we read our own side.
socialmedia  twitter  blog 
august 2018
'Hipster kryptonite': will CDs ever have a resurgence?
While CDs are often maligned for their rigid packaging, some also see this as an attractive feature. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, the senior editor at AllMusic, says: “I want to have the liner notes around. I’ve found that CD liner notes, especially for reissues in the 90s and beyond, can be the only detailed writing available for certain artists, scenes, eras and labels.”

Secondhand CDs are proving just as popular: it is the fastest-growing sales format on the music marketplace Discogs, chalking up 28% growth last year. The company’s discography specialist, Brent Greissle, says: “As someone who is always looking for new music, the overall lack of attention being paid to CDs means I can generally find a lot more of what I like without having to pay a premium.”
music  blog 
august 2018
My Favorite PM Interview Question…for Managers
The question comes late in the interview, but early in the overall hiring process. The setup goes like this: “Now that I know you a bit, I’d like to give you a list of 4 broad work attributes. You’re a product manager, so I already expect that you’re strong in each. But I highly doubt that you consider yourself equally competent in all of them. So I’m going to ask you to stack rank them in order of strongest to weakest”. This setup should be disarming. The candidate must understand that there is no correct answer to the question, hopefully setting up an honest conversation.
prodmgmt  blog 
august 2018
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