Framework for decision-making for leaders

When to make decisions and when to leave them to the team

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Effective leaders are directly or indirectly involved in decision-making. Some of these decisions are intuitive (based on gut-feeling), and some need proper reasoning. …


Essentials of an effective feedback process

And “Agree” is not one of them

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Feedback is supposed to be a gift, but it does not feel like so. Instead, it feels more like a letter from the tax authority; when you get a refund (positive feedback), you feel good; when you owe money (development feedback), you feel bad and get defensive. It is important…


A guide for building successful products

What Product Managers Can Learn From Space Explorations

Launch

On July 20, 1969, just eight years after President John F. Kennedy announced the ambitious goal of “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth,” NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin were lifted in Saturn V from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


A QUICK READ FOR EFFECTIVE 1:1 MEETINGS

Three things leads should avoid in their 1:1 meetings

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1. Canceling the meeting

Unlike other meetings which generally have many participants, 1:1 is typically between the manager and their team-member. Since there are only two people, it is usually easy for the manager to cancel this meeting, and often at the last minute. Typically, the manager meets a team-member in a 1:1 set-up…


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Writing is an essential communication skill for product managers. If you cannot write, you will find it difficult to communicate your ideas to other team members.

Why writing documents is important:

  1. Content over format: Writing a document gives importance to the content over format. When writing a document, the author does not spend time on…


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CLV — A simple framework for product thinking

Product thinking helps in two ways:

  1. It identifies the right problem to solve at the right time
  2. It finds the best way to solve the problem

Using product thinking, product managers can prioritize the most important problems and their solutions within the constraints of time, resources, etc.

There are three…


In his iconic speech at Stanford, Steve Jobs advised graduating students to “stay hungry, stay foolish.” This advice is not only relevant to the graduating students, but also to the corporate world. …


Product managers work with limited resources and competing priorities, and the most important tool at their disposal is the word No. But, saying no is never easy and can often lead to uncomfortable situations. …


Inspired by my own experiences.

Recently, I was browsing LinkedIn when my wifi network went down. This has happened to me a few times in the past. I was expecting the obvious connection error message, but instead, I saw something totally different. LinkedIn was apologizing to me with the following message:

Saujanya Shrivastava

A product guy | Shopify | Ex. Amazon , eBay I Arsenal FC fan

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