THE OPEN SOURCE PRODUCT MANAGER

How thinking of product as an amusement park helps us understand the difference between core, platform and growth product teams.

An amusement park with a wheel and rollercoaster in the foreground and some other rides and attractions in the background.
An amusement park with a wheel and rollercoaster in the foreground and some other rides and attractions in the background.
Image by Julian Connor


THE COMPLETE PRODUCT STRATEGY GUIDE — PART 4

Network effects are a staple of the digital age: the same principles which make them powerful can be applied to strategy and business model design.

A number of lightbulbs spreading out on wires from a central node.
A number of lightbulbs spreading out on wires from a central node.
Image by Julian Connor

What is a network effect?

Network effect: (noun) a phenomenon whereby a product or service gains additional value as the number of participants increases.


THE COMPLETE PRODUCT STRATEGY GUIDE — PART 3

Creating a strategy is hard: by avoiding these ten traps, it can be a little bit easier.

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A mouse holding a lightbuld surrounded by mouse traps
Image by Julian Connor

What Strategy is Not


The Complete Product Strategy Guide — Part 2

Top-down business objectives and bottom-up feedback loops allow a strategy to flow: here’s how to make these mechanisms effective.

A waterfall of light bulbs with three hot air balloons flying round the edge
A waterfall of light bulbs with three hot air balloons flying round the edge
Image by Julian Connor

For product leaders, this challenge can be particularly acute: how do you create direction and common purpose while empowering teams to deliver autonomously?


The Complete Product Strategy Guide — Part 1

Strategy is hard: here is a framework which I hope will make it a little easier.

A large map in the style of a World War 2 war room with poles to move light bulbs around.
A large map in the style of a World War 2 war room with poles to move light bulbs around.
Image by Julian Connor


The Open Source Product Manager

The 3 principles I adopted while surfing, which have made me a better product manager.

A drawing of a surfer in a wave
A drawing of a surfer in a wave
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Lesson #1 Absorb and act


The Open Source Product Manager

Hint — there is more to it than pop-ups and paywalls.

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A squiggly line going from a phone to a persons ear creating an explosion of stars and hearts in their head
Image by Julian Connor


The Open Source Product Manager

Three questions which capture what is means to be a great product manager.

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A balance scale with a person on one side and a pile of stars on the other with figures around it making adjustments.
Image by Julian Connor


The Open Source Product Manager

The books which have made a meaningful contribution to my thinking as a product manager.

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  • Table reference — books I will reread (in part or full) or find myself referencing back to frequently
  • Happy on the bookshelf — books I enjoyed, found useful or which have contributed something to my thinking
  • Hidden in the garage — books which didn’t live up to their hype / I didn’t enjoy or find useful / Would have been better as a blog post / Were poorly written / Didn’t translate well to product management (delete as…


The Open Source Product Manager

The benefits and pitfalls of using a North Star to shape your product direction and roadmap — and how to navigate them.

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Drawing of a telescope pointing at stars, with 1 star bigger than the rest.
Image by Julian Connor

What is a North Star Metric?

What makes a good North Star Metric?

About

Julian Connor

Product leader at SafetyCulture. Previously product, strategy & data at Domain, Indeed & the Guardian. Recovering strategy consultant. @julianconnor on Twitter.

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