The Best Articles in Product Management
The most useful articles and videos in Product Management from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.
Top 5 Product Management Articles
At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved in Product Management by Refind users in 2023 so far.
- Time is emphasis: planning your calendar as a leader
- Be a thermostat, not a thermometer
- Management: A Skill Not a Step
- Why You Should Send a Weekly Summary Email
- The Silent Killer of Your Operating Practice: Fear
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The ultimate guide to OKRs | Christina Wodtke (Stanford)
Christina Wodtke is an author, Stanford University professor, and speaker who teaches strategies for building high-performing teams. She’s also the author of...
How to foster innovation and big thinking
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Career frameworks, A/B testing, onboarding tips, selling to engineers
Laura Schaffer is the brand-new VP of Growth at Amplitude. Prior to this role, she spent over 10 years leading product management and growth teams at Twilio,...
Lessons from scaling Stripe | Claire Hughes Johnson (ex-COO of Stripe)
Claire Hughes Johnson is the former COO at Stripe where she helped scale the company from a small startup to the legendary company it is today. She also spen...
The ultimate guide to adding a PLG motion
Hila Qu is an Executive in Residence at Reforge as well as a renowned growth advisor, angel investor, and published author (her book about growth was named o...
What is ...?
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What is the future of Product Management?
John Cutler's answer: The future of product management will involve a move towards The Catalyst archetype below (and Technologist for specific domains). There are a couple of reasons for this: 1. Data available to teams, affordable tooling to cross-pollinate insights, the speed of feedback, and ...
How to ...?
How to write a project status report that works for your team
Learn how an effective project status report can cut down on meetings and messages, clear up confusion, identify and resolve issues quickly, and ensure everyone’s on the same page.
How to Build Products Quickly
If you’ve ever had the joys of working in both an early stage startup and a large corporation, you’ll understand the difference between a company with an operating cadence of ‘run’ and a company with…
How to Structure your Product Org to Optimise for Growth
When a company grows quickly, it undergoes stress. The faster the growth, the more the stress. Structure can make the situation better, but only if it is designed correctly for growth. Good structure…
How to Structure your Day Using Energy Levels as a Product Manager
With product management often requiring a diverse bunch of different skill sets, it can be overwhelming to try to structure your day in a way that optimises each of the activities these skill sets are…
How to think about task estimation
Task estimation is hard because you don't actually know what task estimation is. Let me fix that for you.
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How to Pivot and Succeed as a Solo Non-Technical Founder
Alma founder and CEO Harry Ritter sits down with First Round partner Todd Jackson to tell the story of how he tackled a huge pandemic pivot that turned his initial startup idea on its head and found…
You Can't Hack Product Positioning
Why positioning determines victors in SaaS and AI.
Founders Need to be Contrarian and Right to Pass the Validation Phase
Labelbox co-founder and CEO Manu Sharma sits down with First Round partner Todd Jackson to tell the story of how he prioritized idea validation and customer discovery before building Labelbox.
Interviewing engineering executives.
Earlier I wrote about getting hired as an Engineering executive, and it’s perhaps even more important to discuss the opposite question: how should you interview and evaluate Engineering executives? As…
How Intercom navigated the AI paradigm shift
Intercom’s Des Traynor and Fergal Reid share field notes on what other builder teams should know as they transform their products with language models.
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Time is emphasis: planning your calendar as a leader
ICYMI we are launching a pilot where we partner with a limited number of companies to place fractional execs in the Operations and People roles. If you or someone you know needs interim help, you can…
Be a thermostat, not a thermometer
As I’ve learned more about how humans interact with one another at work, I’ve been repeatedly reminded that we are very easily influenced by the mood of thos...
Why You Should Send a Weekly Summary Email
A deceptively simple productivity and management tool
«At its core, the weekly email has two headings with 3–5 short bullet points each: achievements this week and priorities next week. Under the former, you list the 3–5 most important things you got done this week, under the latter, the 3–5 most important things you want to get done the following week.»
The 25 Percent Rule for Tackling Technical Debt
Let’s talk about technical debt. Let’s talk about practical usable approaches for actually paying it down on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. Let’s talk about what debt needs to be fixed…
«Nevertheless, it’s easy to point at this sort of dilemma as debt, which mistakenly implies that some previous decision or mistake is responsible, when it’s possible your position is the result of your own success, or, you know, the world just changing.»
TBM 212: A Problem vs. The Problem
Unexpected time to write today… (I wrote a post about Product-Reality Fit yesterday). Have you ever been in a discussion about the definition of a problem and found the whole conversation going in…
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The Silent Killer of Your Operating Practice: Fear
Amanda Schwartz Ramirez, former PayPal strategy leader and now COO advisor for startups, shares the 5 biggest fears that can derail your company's strategic planning sessions (and tactical advice for…
Management: A Skill Not a Step
A guide to making the transition to manager
How to plan as an engineering executive.
Some years back, I interviewed a senior leader for an engineering role, and asked them a question about planning. I enjoyed their response, “Ah yes, the ‘P’ word, planning.” That answer captured an…
Run efficient meetings that don’t suck
By Regina Gerbeaux (@_rpgbx)
Sweat the Details - Lessons for Mapping Out a Career in Product
Veteran product leader Jiaona Zhang walks us through the biggest lessons from her entire career in product at Dropbox, Airbnb, WeWork and now Webflow, from breaking into the function as a first-time…
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133. What Product Managers do off the clock by Product Coffee
Lindsey, Kevin, Taj, and Lou discuss what they do off of the clock. Whether it’s contracting, inventing, tinkering, or just spending time to recharge, hear what the crew has to say about their…
119. Risk Mitigation by Product Coffee
Taj and Lou discuss what it's like to incorporate risk into your Product work and how to take strategic bets. Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter & check out our website @…
Justin Blumenthal - Product Manager at Coinbase by Product Stacks
Justin Blumenthal is product manager at Coinbase where he leads P2P crypto payments and the Coinbase Card. During his time at Coinbase, Justin launched new features including multichain send and…
134. Test Coverage in Product (w/Adam Wanninger) by Product Coffee
Adam Wanninger is on the show! Adam is a FinTech Product Leader at Fortune 100 companies, including JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. Kevin and Adam discuss how test coverage contributes to building a…
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Software designer, builder, product strategist, advisor. Author of Shape Up. Prev: 37signals. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bestselling author of "Hooked" and "Indistractable"
Founder & (sometimes) CEO at 37signals (makers of Basecamp and HEY). Non-serial entrepreneur, serial author. No DMs, email me at email@example.com.
Jay Stansell | Product Coalition
http://ProductCoalition.com founder, making mastery of product management accessible for all
a16z GAMES FUND ONE. Investing in games, AI, VR/AR, metaverse, and the future of entertainment!
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Curated stories on user experience, usability, and product design. By @fabriciot and @caioab.
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I like the beautiful mess of product development.| newsletter: https://cutlefish.substack.com/
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