As an engineering student at Vivekanand Education Society’s Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India and as a Secretary for the Computer Society of India (CSI) I was continuously part of various college events. While working on an event, one of my seniors told me, “Shreyas, you need to learn to say no to people. When someone else asks you to do any work, you should not say yes to everything which comes your way.” Fast forward twelve years, I realize as a Product Manager, it is critical to say NO but am I saying it enough?

Saying NO is not a bad thing…

As a PM, when we…


FOMO Formal Definition anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.

Do you have fear of missing out?

I visited one of my school friends in the last month, and he asked me why are you suddenly became active on twitter? And I quickly answered I have a fear. Yes, fear of missing out (FOMO) on regular industry updates, what industry leaders are posting, what are they reading, and how they are approaching their work. He immediately responded FOMO happens only in personal life among friends. FOMO hits you when you hear stories…


For more than four decades playing in the Cricket World Cup final is the dream of every international cricketer. On the other side, watching a closely fought contest in the World Cup final is the treat to every Cricket lover. On July 14, 2019, at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London; no one knew, we will be witnessing one of the all-time most significant matches in cricketing history. It has drama, anxiety, emotions, anger, hope, determination, cruelty, happiness, and sadness. As a club cricketer for 15 years in my early childhood days and as an avid cricket fan for the last 20…


For more than half a decade B2B Online has been a go to destination for B2B digital business leaders. It has earned this acclaim by providing manufacturers, distributors, and commerce practitioners from B2B businesses a tailored forum to network with, learn from, and collaborate with their peers and their partners. However, any event of this nature or size, there are always a few looming themes or questions asked in need of answers. As I reflect on my time in Chicago with more than 500 B2B ecommerce practitioners, the top three questions on attendees’ minds going into the conference were:

  • Do…


In the Cars 3 movie, Lightning McQueen peeks inside Cruz’s mind and understood her true caliber and made her realize she is a true racer and not just a trainer; as a Product Manager; your job is to peek inside customer’s mind to make them realize their real challenges. To build products that people love, you need to know your customer better than you know yourself and you need to understand their habits, routine, and their end goal.

When the people who build products are not in sync with the people who use them, you end up creating something which…


It’s always THE question for PMs, what to build so that they can move the needle? This question keeps me awake at night, and makes me think, “am I building THE right thing or not? How can I deliver the value?” Discovery is the key to the success of the PM role. As Albert Einstine said, “If I had only one hour to save the world, I would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem, and only five minutes finding the solution.” …


Imagine yourself relaxing in your bedroom and watching a San Francisco 49ers game. You want to order a pizza, but you are too lazy to open your laptop or mobile phone to place an order. In that case, you ask Alexa; “Alexa, open Dominos and place an order.” What are the other instances you feel like, you don’t want to use your phone to perform particular tasks?

I use Alexa or voice assistant for the following things:

  • Track my schedule
  • News updates
  • Weather updates
  • Schedule a meeting
  • Set reminders or alarms
  • Read audio books
  • Maintain todo lists

Voice is the…


A million dollar question every product manager faces, “how should I define Minimum Viable Product (MVP)?” As a PM, I always like to think about how can I design my product so that I can make it Most Valuable Product with minimum efforts?

I face following questions when I think about MVP every time:

  • There is a higher bar for quality now than ever before. It means I can not compromise on quality and performance. If that is the case how should I consider quality, performance and all functional requirements in a given timeframe?
  • Dictionary meaning of ‘Viable means: capable…

Every individual in an organization has a different motivating factor. As a product manager, we deal with engineering, professional services, support, training, documentation, and QA. Thus it is crucial to comprehend common ground to understand motivating factor among people with different attitude, behavior, values, and culture. Product manager’s job is high touchpoint job, and it touches every department in the organization. Thus, I firmly believe key to the success of this role is to connect before you build and to connect before you lead.

As a product manager, our job is to bring everyone on the same page when we…


I have asked myself a question 2 years back, “Is it worth to spend time and money to take a Project Management Professional (PMP) exam?” I believed every project manager and PMP certified professional has asked themselves this question at some point in time in their career. It is important to go through the process of taking a complicated PMP examination and it requires a huge deal of preparation, significant amount of time and financial investment. …

Shreyas Sali

Product Manager. Deeply passionate about Product Management, Life, and Philosophy.

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