Vanity vs Sanity


I just read a great post by Dan Wolchonok at HubSpot about the impact of retention on user growth and revenue. At face value, this sounds pretty darn obvious, but really it isn’t until you see the models that you realize just how much of an impact this one metric can have on your product. … [Read more…]

Data first

It’s been a while since I last blogged, and I can only say that I’ve been managing my time poorly! I really need to get better at this. In an ideal world, I’d like to come out with one blog per day, but I feel like I would be setting myself up to fail, which … [Read more…]

The Feedback Loop

authority figures

I’ve posted before about the Idea, Build, Launch and Learn loop, but the essence is that getting feedback about a design is the only way to grow and improve your product. Now I know this a questionable metaphor so bear with me—my career is my most important product. As an overachieving wannabe perfectionist, it was always … [Read more…]

Regression to the Mean

Regression to the Mean

Wikipedia defines regression to the mean as the phenomenon that if a variable is extreme on its first measurement, it will tend to be closer to the average on its second measurement—and if it is extreme on its second measurement, it will tend to have been closer to the average on its first. In simpler terms, things even out … [Read more…]

Your data smells

You know what a product manager eats for breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner? Data. It’s always about the data, and it’s not always palatable. When I started working as a product manager, I had absolutely no experience with any kind of data analysis tool—hell, I didn’t even know how to do a VLOOKUP in Excel. I remember spending … [Read more…]