This blog is relying heavily on Nudge . While I highly recommend this book, this is not a review of the book and you do not need to have read the book to enjoy this article.
As a Product Manager, there is no way we can prioritize all the critical needs improvements and new ideas from our users, stakeholders, customers, family and friends.
We can have two attitudes when faced with too many projects and not enough resources to accomplish our dreams and product goals.
1 — You can ask for more resources; or
2 — You do more while asking for less.
1 — It will sap your mental energy. You will live in the future and pester stakeholders for more. Stakeholders will consider you as an immature product manager (leader) that is not in…
Product Managers do not have authority over the product team members. The same can be said for almost any member of an organization. This is even truer in a post-pandemic world where, suddenly, every organization and human being has to change, learn and lead others.
When I joined Shopify in 2018, my formal authority was zero: I was an individual contributor, and I could only rely on influence to achieve my goals.
I did have some domain expertise (shipping & fulfillment) but in another context and country (hint: 🍷 & 🦘). Most of my team members had much more context…
In this blog post, we’ll explore the concept of “trifecta” (also called triad in some organizations) that I have seen used successfully in the past both at start-up and even at large scale organizations (ex: Shopify).
Let’s start with a definition. The trifecta represents a subset of a product team whose goals are to capture systematically:
I will use the term craft in this article and would also like to define it: a craft is one or more people inside the product-team with their hierarchy, rituals and…
Original Image: Making sense of MVP (Minimum Viable Product) — and why I prefer Earliest Testable/Usable/Lovable by Henrik Kniberg
Very much like Prometheus and the fire or Icarus and the sun they are powerful analogies and ideas that shape our view of the world. A tribute to their power is that, thousands of years after their creation, we still relate to them even if their initial context is long gone.
As a product manager, it would make sense to embrace and use the MVP myth. But should you?
All these myths have an historical context that is key to their…
This method is directly inspired by Simon Sinek Golden Circle’s book and start with why method.
“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”
- Simon Sinek
Tech debt is a term which uses is very common in the tech and start-up ecosystem. “It is a concept in software development that reflects the implied cost of additional rework caused by choosing an easy (limited) solution now instead of using a better approach that would take longer.” (Wikipedia).
The analogy with debt is linked to compounded interests. For instance, with time, a 5% tech debt will compound into a super costly and hard to maintain the product. In a way, the system becomes more and more brittle, and more and more costly to maintain and change.
Why then, should I publish an article about writing?
In 2019, I relocated from a french speaking Canadian city (Sherbrooke, Quebec) to the national capital (Ottawa, Ontario). I had been working in an English environment since I joined Shopify a few months earlier. With my lead, we identified English communications as an area of improvement. We decided to focus on written communication.
Even though I have a Ph.D. in physics, I felt a prisoner of my grade 5 grammar and spelling proficiencies. Writing in English was comparable to being an adult in the body of a child — articulated but…
When I came back from work, frustrated and demotivated by a recent reorg in my organization, my wife sensed my disarray. As usual, she listened actively to my rambles. Then she kindly suggested that I should go for a run. And I did.
I exercise daily and have competed in a few ultra-marathons, lots of marathons, some trail races, and a few Ironman triathlons. For me, running/biking/swimming is key to a balanced life. Yes, physical activity is good on its own: it provides well documented physical and mental health benefits.
But these benefits are not what makes me happier after…
As a former technical founder, CEO and CTO interacting mainly with B2B and mature technological stacks, I did not focus my time and energy on GraphQL.
I had lots of experience designing and integrating with REST API and always had no experience with GraphQL beside a REACT tutorial and then techno-drink I attended. It was early GraphQL days, the tooling was not mature, and the examples I did were not able to convey why this Facebook invented technology was so great.