12 Product Management Frameworks

12 frameworks that are part of my Product Manager toolkit. Whether I’m shaping a new feature, creating a roadmap, or thinking about a problem, these are the frameworks I use. Addition by subtraction (less is more, 80-20) A simplification framework. A method to make a product less complex by focusing … Read more

Billionaires Build by Paul Graham

Today I revisited Billionaires Build by Paul Graham. In the essay he describes the components of a successful Y Combinator pitch. For me the essay is a framework of the most important questions startup founders should think through before building their product. It’s also a great framework for Product Manager … Read more

Shaping Framework, Crypto Portfolio

The team at 37signals published a comprehensive blog post outlining how they used their Shape Up framework to build and launch a new product feature. In this post my focus is on the first part of their process, shaping. What is shaping? Shaping is defining the problem and the core … Read more

Hope is Not a Strategy

I learned an important lesson from trading this year: hope is not a strategy. If you enter a trade that goes against you, and it keeps going against you, hoping that the position will recover is a losing strategy. The hope trade may work once, twice, even ten times in … Read more

Nassim Taleb’s Summary of the Stoics

They were like Buddhists but with an attitude. They wanted to have the last word with fate. A Stoic is someone who transforms fear into prudence. Pain into information. Mistakes into initiation. Desire into undertaking. EconTalk Podcast: Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Antifragility (1:11:20 mark) Nassim considers Marcus Aurelius and Lucius … Read more

HEY Highlights Video Design Review

This design review highlights Jason’s live producing skills. His approach is to simplify, to get to the essence of the message quickly. Emphasis is placed on “make it tighter”, “explain it once”, and “highlight the most important thing”. Get to the point early, quickly, and clearly. It’s an approach that … Read more

Addition through Subtraction, Nassim Taleb’s Via Negativa Heuristic

More features. More trades. More decisions. More uncertainty. More unexpected side effects. Consider the converse. Fewer features. Fewer trades. Fewer decisions. Less uncertainty. Fewer side effects. How can simplifying impact what you’re working on? In “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder“, Nassim Taleb introduces readers to the Latin term via … Read more