PM101 + 102 Readings

PM101

Intro

 

Personas & Product Vision

 

The Art of No-Tech Testing

 

 

Talking With Customers

 

Journey Maps & Storyboarding

 

Software Development Methods

PRD Best Practices

 

User Testing 

 

Wireframe Critiques

 

PM Careers

 

Technology Decisions: P1, Basics

 

Technology Decisions: P2, Hiring

PM102 

 

Working With Developers

  • Recommended Reading

If you want to delve deeper into how developers think and work, these are good choices.​

  • BOOKS:

    • Frederick Brooks, The Mythical Man-Month is a timeless classic on software project management by the "father of the IBM 360" -- one of history's riskiest and most successful tech product development efforts

    • Paul Glen, Leading Geeks, discusses how developers think, what motivates them, and how to manage them

  • BLOGS:

Onboarding

 

User Testing

Launch Planning

 

Product Roadmapping

  • Recommended Reading

    • 20 Product Prioritization Techniques, by Daniel Zacarias. Skim this long post (also available as a free PDF ebook) which describes and categorizes a set of techniques for prioritizing product features.

    • Estimating, by Mitch Lacey. Comprehensive description of different methods for software project cost estimation.

    • Before You Plan Your Product Roadmap, by Des Traynor. How/why to conduct a feature audit that shows the fraction of users who use each feature and their frequency of use.

    • Pandora’s Product Prioritization System, interview with Pandora CTO Tom Conrad describes an approach in which proposed features are assigned a price and planners get a budget to spend on them.

    • The Alternative to Roadmaps, by Marty Cagan. Makes the case for OKRs instead of roadmapping.

 

How To Demo Products

 

The One Metric That Matters

Julia Austin, Senior Lecturer

Harvard Business School

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