1️⃣ Why do people hate product managers?
Aug 2021 • 4 min read • #selfimprovement
If you are lucky, you might have just enjoyed a vacation and you’re well-rested… Keep calm for this breaking news: 1/ some people hate us, 2/ for good reasons. Learn more about our sins and what to…

1️⃣ A simple three-part framework to align your team’s efforts
Jun 2021 • 6 min read • #execution #roadmap
Intercom is back at it with a newer and better framework than RICE. No, I’m kidding. There isn’t any magic weapon. A good prioritisation framework:
1/ captures the preoccupation of the company. In…

1️⃣ Product Leader’s First 100 Days Plan
Sept 2017 • 3 min read • #execution #startHere
The most comprehensive resource I’ve read on how to begin as a Head Of Product. It is applicable for any product job, whether you are new in a company or just on a new product line…

1️⃣ How To Maximize Your Team’s Impact
May 2021 • 4 min read • #execution #empowerment
Asking your designer to “mock the feature X” is like asking “Gordon Ramsey to follow your grilled sandwich recipe”… not a good idea. This article gives clear examples & a framework from Brandon Chu to really…

1️⃣ Flow Efficiency: Powering the Current of Your Work
Mar 2019 • 5 min read • #execution
I speak regularly about why I don’t like to do “estimates” of the work we do as a team. There are 2 main reasons:
1/ Estimates are usually made up (even with an experienced…

1️⃣ Product Management — play it like Walt Disney
Apr 2021 • 8 min read • #execution #inspiration
I love articles like this that draws inspiration from other fields. On a similar note, I highly encourage you to read the book Creativity Inc on the story of Pixar (a book that impacted…

1️⃣ Adding is favoured over subtracting in problem solving
Apr 2021 • 5 min read • #strategy #manageyourself
A bias worth taking into account when you design a system: we tend to think by “addition” (features, settings, offering) rather than subtraction. Not convinced? Think of a new product one-upping a competitor by…

1️⃣ Empowered product teams and metered funding
Apr 2021 • 9 min read • #strategy #execution #mustread
I often talk about Product Managers as Investors (I developed this idea in this French video). The metaphor goes this way: your fund (= your squad’s time), your bets (= the initiatives you’ll work on)…

Sept 2019 • 10 min read • #strategy #execution #mustread
This is a very good piece connecting the content shared in the last few weeks around product strategy. It starts with the company’s objectives, down to the “outcome” roadmap, giving specific advice & prompts to start. Bonus…

Olivier Courtois

10y+ in Product, now freelance / coach / advisor • Newsletter at productver.se • ex- VP-Product comet & Product Director ManoMano

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