Monthly Archives: June 2013

How To Get That Product Manager Job

Interested in becoming a Product Manager?  Check out this informative and entertaining presentation by Google Product Manager Shreyas Doshi on How To Get That Next PM Job: Some Highlights: Go ahead and do the job at your current company, before you … Continue reading

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Tours of Duty: The New Employer-Employee Compact

Is there an alternative balanced between between permanent employment and contract employment?  Reid Hoffman (CEO of LinkedIn) proposes the tour of duty in this month’s Harvard Business Review: “firm but time-limited mutual commitment with focused goals and clear expectations.” When possible, … Continue reading

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The one cost engineers and product managers don’t consider

I love this article from Chris Gale, VP of Engineering at Yammer – The one cost engineers and product managers don’t consider – which is about reducing complexity… On the product side, your best tool for eliminating complexity cost is data. Studies … Continue reading

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Getting Actionable Manager Feedback

At Bazaarvoice R&D we have a peer feedback system that we use every six months.  Since it’s mostly focused on individual contributors, the questions relevant to management are too few and too broad (IMHO). e.g. … Do they provide effective … Continue reading

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Are coders worth it?

An interesting long form piece in Aeon Magazine by James Somers – titled “Are coders worth it?” – aims to examine whether web developers are worth the six figure salaries that they currently command in their first year of employment. I am … Continue reading

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How to be happy

Stumbled upon a great article on Happiness by Steve Camb.  Summary: Here’s how to build the habit of making yourself happier: When you wake up, try meditating before checking your phone or turning on your computer. Even if it’s only … Continue reading

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How Google Sets Goals

There’s a surprising lack of public information on OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) – the goal setting and tracking philosophy used by Intel, Google and others.  This past month Google Ventures Startup Lab released a great presentation video by Rick Klau … Continue reading

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