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…]

The Design Sprint

When I was at the Google Women Techmakers event, I participated in the design sprint that was conducted by Melinda Klayman, UX Program Manager. We were given a problem statement that we had to solve using the 5 Day Sprint method developed by Jake Knapp over at Google Ventures. I was completely unfamiliar with it before … [Read more…]

Moonshot thinking

I was at Google’s Women Techmakers event this Saturday and it was a somewhat productive way to spend my day. I did expect it to be better than it was, but as always, that’s a case of my own mismanaged expectations. There were several speakers at the event, some of them good and some not so … [Read more…]

Combining form, function and design

Soft Scale

I came across what I think is a stunning product – one that combines form, function, and design. It’s called a soft scale and what it does is deceptively simple. It converts an ordinary bathmat into a weight and BMI scale Fiber optic LEDs sewn into the mat display weight trends of the past two weeks … [Read more…]

Behavioural Design

Behavioural design process

I happened to read a really interesting paper on Behavioural Design and the impact it can have on development policies. In technology, decoding user behaviour is one of the most important components of the design process, however these tenets of product management are yet to be adopted effectively outside the tech industry. The implications of … [Read more…]

Words with Friends

I recently started playing Words with Friends on my phone and I quite like it apart from the pesky ads that show up after every single move. It was an interesting study for me though, so I dug a bit deeper and learnt about the gaming industry in the process. Every single number in there was … [Read more…]