After a decade (and counting), I don’t assume that anyone wants to read through the whole blog archive to find the best content (though feel free: latest post).
For folks who would rather just get to the good stuff, I’ve tried to curate a list of the most valuable posts.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, my most popular posts have been the ones with tactical advice for product managers.
- How to Set your Minimum Success Criteria
- How to Pick a Customer Segment
- The Ideal Profile of an Early Adopter
- How to Write Good User Stories
- How to Find Customers to Interview
Ego Risk & Mindful Leadership
My recent talks still focus on the challenges of being a human person with a human brain trying to do innovative things. Below are a few of my earlier posts on the subject.
- The Three Biggest Risks to Your Startup – Tech Risk, Market Risk, and Ego Risk, and how to mitigate each of them.
- Your Brain is not as Smart as it Thinks – Cognitive biases and how they slay startups.
- Open Master’s – Mindful Leadership – The self-directed education program I designed to develop my own capacity to mitigate ego risk.
On Coaching & Mentoring
I consistently find that seeing people succeed at things you helped them with is the most rewarding part of the job. I haven’t written much on the craft of coaching, but I’m still pretty happy with these early lessons. Good starting points for anyone just getting into teaching product.
I’m so grateful to the folks who recorded these and thought they were worth putting online.
- Interview w/ Agile Toolkit Podcast – Agile DC Executive Summit – 2017
- Start Learning Efficiently Now – Lean & Agile DC – 2017 (video is no longer, slides are still here)
- Ego Risk: Why Innovation Fails – Modev MVPConf – 2015
- Getting Started with Lean Startup – DC Lean Startup Circle – 2014
- Lean Startup for Nonprofits – Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship – 2012