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. Similarly, some of these decisions are like one-way doors; you cannot go back, while others are reversible, and you can revert quickly.

Effectiveness of leaders are based on how they make good decisions, quickly. However, they have another important trait; they also look for opportunities to train their team in making these decisions. They grow their team to train the next set of leaders who can be equally good or even better decision-makers in the future. …


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 to understand that feedback is not you looking in the mirror but is how others see and hear you. The term feedback dates back to the industrial revolution when the information of the previous output is fed back to the original mechanical system. As the machine’s feedback may not be exact to its initial output, the feedback to the person may not be the exact reflection of their actions. …


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.

This launch was no small feat. It came at the cost of $25.4 billion (about $152 in today’s dollars). A total of 400,000 people across the United States worked tirelessly for eight years. Leading up to the launch, eight Apollo astronauts had lost their lives. …


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 for about 20 hrs in the entire year to talk about things that can impact team members’ career and performance. This is less than 1% of the manager’s time in the whole year. …


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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 fancy animations, layouts, backgrounds, etc. but instead can focus on its content.
  2. Avoids salesmanship: Document prevents salesmanship. Documents are evaluated on the merit of its content and not on the skills of the presenter.
  3. Historical record: Documents can be used as historical records. …

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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 components of product thinking:

Critical thinking: The first component of product thinking is critical thinking. This is most applicable in the early phase of identifying customer problems, i.e. in the “idea” or “think” phase. Critical thinking is a rational, skeptical, and unbiased analysis of facts to form a judgement. …


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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. However, both of the words hungry and foolish have negative connotations; who wants their employees to be hungry and who wants them to be foolish?

People are hired for their intellectual capabilities, not for their foolishness. They are expected to be experts in their domains and to know their craft inside out. In today’s corporate world, foolishness and vulnerability are considered signs of weakness.

However, being hungry and foolish are, by far, the essential ingredients of a growth mindset, both for the individual and also for the company. By acknowledging the fact that there is always an opportunity to learn new things, one can foray into the journey of continuous learning and growth. Also, both of these qualities have played a pivotal role in human…


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. It is important how PMs say No; No said in the right way can not only save relationships but can also go a long way of building them.

So, how to say No? Here is an introduction of B.E.S.T. framework which can help to effectively say the word No

B = Because, E = Empathy, S = Situation, and T = Timelines

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Let’s look at a few real examples of how to use the above…


Inspired by my own experiences.

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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:

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Saujanya Shrivastava

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

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