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…]

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…]

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…]