Finest-5 Product reads #12
Why product pitches fail, Grow career as product and other product reads..
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Product Managers deliver product pitches more often than we realize. From ideation to sales, we constantly pitch what we believe in. Though, delivering a product pitch that kills the room might not be that intuitive. Continue reading...
Stacking lots of arguments is like a house of cards. Your shakiest argument becomes your weakest link.
Numbers make you act because it’s your job. Stories make you act as you care.
In resistance, the best way to sell change is to highlight what stays the same.
One reason I love products is I believe we can see everything under the lens of a product. Here is a splendid example of your career as a product. Grow your career like you would grow your product, find similar clarity in ambiguity. Continue reading...
Growth models drive our product decisions, then why do luck, intuitiveness and short-term targets drive our career.
Being clear on your career use case and value proposition will fuel your positioning, brand, and channel strategy.
You need to ‘productize’ your brand into a self-reinforcing loop in order to grow.
Anchoring is a cognitive bias most of us have heard about. Keep aside matured products, I still doubt if we actually understand it deep enough to adopt it in our products. It’s a very simple, yet powerful tool we have. Continue reading..
Everything is relative, what information users encounter first, impact perception of what follows.
Listing the most expensive option first anchors people to the expensive plan, which makes other options more appealing in comparison.
Display Original and Discounted Prices Next to Each Other
With low switching cost and too many competitors, Community becomes the new hot. Value creation through community is hard to measure, yet long-term high impact it can create is important enough to peruse Go-to-Community. Continue reading..
The key difference between go-to-community and go-to-market is the focus on value creation vs. value capture.
Conception of community should not be limited to top of the funnel
Community conversations can help to understand the needs of user better
Pre-mortems are always perceived as good to have and hence, it is rarely sought in organizations. Even if we tried, it looked so complex to handle that in the end the outcome looked futile. What about, for your next product you take advice from Shreyas and own it? Continue reading..
Ask the team to assume that the project has failed, and to come up with the reasons.
Convenient lexicon allows people to talk about things psychologically safely.
The timing of pre-mortem should give the team a window to respond to potential problems that are identified during the pre-mortem.
Product of the week: Y Combinator Co-founder Matching
Y Combinator launching a product for founders is buzz enough. And if that product turns out to be a co-founder dating that does potential matching based on interest and profile is just amazing. If nothing, read the testimonials and see the value this product creates.