Product Manager Job – Good vs Bad Companies

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Product Manager needs authority to make a decision and move forward. The good companies give a PM lots of freedom in both strategic and tactical way. When there’s multiple opinions and disagreement, PM is the one to choose the path forward. The bad companies are saying that you’re own the product, you’re mini-ceo but then override PM decisions or change the directions without objective reason. Continue reading

Product management Metrics/KPI

metrics product managementEntire role of Product manager revolves around metrics. There’s an old saying “what gets measured gets managed”. Sometimes the term KPI or Key Performance Indicators is used interchangeably with metrics. Some examples of metrics are Monthly Active Users, Returning Users, Churn users, Reviews, Social media shares. Continue reading

Gmail emails gone missing

gmail emailsAt the moment, I have 5 instances where incoming emails sent to my free Gmail address at different times from different company email servers have gone missing – they are nowhere to be found: not in all mail, not in trash, not in spam. The senders didn’t get any error or bounced back messages. Now I’m ready to pay for a more reliable email provider. Who would think that Gmail isn’t? Continue reading

Test tasks for product manager job applicants

product manager test taskThe test tasks aka product manager challenge or cases or homework for product managers job applicants became recently as common as the ones for designers or developers. While there’s nothing wrong with it as a practice these test tasks are often misused and candidates are taken advantage of.

Here’s why it’s a good idea to not proceed with doing test tasks. You will also find the real examples from Uber, Zendesk, Evernote and others at the end. Continue reading

How to fix Evernote

fix evernoteIf you’ve read any reviews for Evernote apps on different platforms like iOS or MacOS, you’ll immediately see some clear patterns in the user feedback. If you then check out the comments on blog posts about Evernote—for example, on Lifehacker—the picture of what the users want and the things that bother them becomes very clear. It seems obvious that Evernote doesn’t pay much attention to user feedback and hasn’t done a whole lot recently to improve the product. Otherwise, the team at Evernote would have already taken some action towards solving some of the following problems. Continue reading