How to write a Product Requirements Document (PRD)

The usefulness of Product Requirements Document (PRD) is often debated. With the rise of Agile development practices, many argued that PRDs were a relic of the past and that people shouldn’t waste their time with it. In practice, however, I’ve seen clear benefits from well-written and maintained PRDs in every team I’ve worked, all ofContinue reading “How to write a Product Requirements Document (PRD)”

Business metrics vs. user value (why I quit Facebook)

I love data. A great dashboard with useful KPIs is beautiful and useful. If you haven’t yet, take the time to define and track success metrics for your product. It forces clarity and reflection of your goals. Use data to prove or disprove your hypotheses. Use data to calibrate your efforts and see whether you’reContinue reading “Business metrics vs. user value (why I quit Facebook)”

How to prepare for your Google Product Management (PM) interview

I wrote earlier about the Google PM Interview Process & Preparation. That article, although lengthy, was focused on the overall interview and recruiting process. This article is going to be much more targeted on the preparation aspect for the interviews. Although I focus on the Google PM interview, I hope this is also helpful forContinue reading “How to prepare for your Google Product Management (PM) interview”

Storytelling is your PM superpower

I was recently reflecting on the following quote Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. Howard Thurman The first thing that came to my mind was, languages. I’ve had some of theContinue reading “Storytelling is your PM superpower”

How to ramp up as a Product Manager. Gain context before you try to change things.

I always remember a song I heard as a child by Guatemalan singer Ricardo Arjona. It said (with a profanity substituted) “aquí no es bueno el que ayuda, sino el que no [molesta], acuérdese.” This translates to “here the good are not those who help, but those who don’t [bother], remember that.” Having recently completedContinue reading “How to ramp up as a Product Manager. Gain context before you try to change things.”