Product Lessons

Linda
Real examples and stories of how to build winning products and accelerate your career. No BS, all action
Created 08 Apr 2020
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  • How you can "think different"
    29 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    In college, I was told to not major in psychology because… well how many psychologists does the world need? Turns out, that was far too narrow a definition. To know psychology is to know human behavio...
  • You’re more free than you think
    15 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Hi friends, It’s been a week for the books: Britney’s free, Adele’s back, and I’m covering a new, exciting topic. Inspired by the ~the Metaverse~ and the Great Resignation, I’ve been thinking about wh...
  • How to become high-potential
    01 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Permanent link to this post ➜ “Tell me about yourself…” “What’s your story?” A lot of ink has been spilled over how to answer these questions. Many people now have a memorized and — let’s be honest — ...
  • Don't read what everyone else reads
    11 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    Permanent link to this post ➜ What do I read to become a better [product manager/engineer/designer]? I hear this a lot, and almost always the answer is a laser-focused curriculum. It’s a good start, b...
  • Six lessons from six years in tech
    04 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    Permanent link to this post ➜ In 2015, I arrived in San Francisco and thought I found my forever home. Four companies later (Microsoft, Bain, Snapchat, Faire), I no longer believe in a forever home. B...
  • I learned to code in 30 days
    20 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    Permanent link to this post ➜ I went from code-illiterate to launching my first web app in 90 days. Most days were spent agonizing over whether I could do it. The coding itself only took 30 days. As w...
  • Why are customers so hard to understand?
    06 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    Permanent link to this post ➜ No framework survives collision with reality. While they can make us more confident, there are two big problems: It’s easier to memorize frameworks than why they work and...
  • Why do people hate product managers?
    23 Aug 2021 • 3 min read
    Permanent link to this post ➜ I was scrolling through Blind and saw this spicy rant: How is a single job so glamorized and maligned at the same time? Curious about the paradox, I surveyed friends abou...
  • Looking good vs. getting good
    09 Aug 2021 • 3 min read
    Permanent link to this post ➜ Nine months into quitting my job, I’ve been battling resentment of my former self. It’s got me thinking: what do you do when you’ve spent years focused on the wrong thing...
  • Killer products are opinionated
    02 Aug 2021 • 3 min read
    Permanent link to this post ➜ Make it faster. Remove all friction. These are the catchy mantras of product building 101, but they also happen to be misleading. They spell out a recipe for making somet...
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