Jugaad — a colloquial Hindi-Urdu word for the art of “making things work”.

I recently compiled all the lessons I learned at Product School into a Product Management Manifesto.

Over the past couple of weeks, I had the chance to put the ideas in the manifesto to test, and I…

“A lot of village life seems to be about carrying sticks” — Observed by my Kiwi friend on his first trip to a village in South India.

This is a story about village life…
Of sugarcane, paddy fields and coconut trees
Bullock carts, bullocks on carts
Tamil music on Kannada soil
Rivers, bridges over…

If you can measure it, you can change it.

In my previous post, I introduced Meetr — an app I built as part of the CodePath Android bootcamp to make group scheduling easy and applied Stanford d.school’s Design Thinking framework.

Below I will apply Dave McClure’s AARRR Startup Metrics model

Design Thinking by Stanford’s d.school

A human-centered, prototype-driven process for innovation that can be applied to product, service, and business design.

Design Thinking is a simple framework to use while iterating through the product development lifecycle.

To illustrate how simple it is to use this framework for your next project, I’ll apply Standford d.school’s design…

Over prepare, then go with the flow — Regina Brett

I put this checklist together at Product School for Meetr, a group scheduling app I built at an android bootcamp. Large parts of this checklist were put together from this very comprehensive answer on Quora and this post on Kissmetrics.

Before launch

Persona for Meetr — a group scheduling app I built to help people make plans with friends collaboratively. More at medhaghatikesh.com.

Personas are a great way to capture everything you’ve learnt about your user. They represent the user types that will use your product. The key is to weave together a relatable story about who this person is and what their needs are. A persona helps you build empathy for your user. Having a persona to refer to while building your product serves as a reminder to always put the user needs first. At Product School, I learnt that you begin by making a persona that represents your largest user type, and focus on building a product for them. A persona usually has the following:

  • Demographic information
  • Characteristics
  • Needs in the user’s voice
  • A quote in the user’s voice
  • Photo and name you can relate to

Originally published at medhaghatikesh.com.

I put together an image to capture a day in the life of a Product Manager from the lessons I learnt at Product School. A kick ass Product Manager would swear by these concepts.

Compiled from lessons taught at Product School by Hamid Schricker and Ken Norton’s tips on working with engineers.

I am a hustler. I will get shit done. I will ship. I will find a way — no ifs, no buts. I will prioritize ruthlessly. I will fail fast and learn…

I’ve been wearing the Moto 360 I received at Google I/O for a couple of weeks now, and a lot of people have been asking me whether I like it. The truth is, I haven’t made up my mind yet, and it’s not that easy to do so either. While…

Medha Ghatikesh

Product Manager @Groupon. Prev:@MyFitnessPal, Under Armour, Orion Health. Edu: CMU, University of Auckland. Born: 🇮🇳 Raised: 🇳🇿 Living: 🇺🇸

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