PM Snacks #21 / 🤖 Meet your creative assistant DALL-E, early product prioritization, and some wisdom for PM

Olivier Courtois
Jan 28 · 3 min read
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Hey there 👋

1️⃣ What I Wish I’d Known as a New Product Manager • Dec 2020 • 10 min read
New years conjugate w/ retrospectives, so let’s read what Clement Kao would have loved to know when he started. My highlights: 1/ you’re a problem manager, you need to focus on what’s important & quit reactive mode, 2/ you should not be super(wo)man and learn to delegate, 3/ you will feel lonely but you’re not alone, reach out to others & join communities, 4/ have impact & maximise learnings (on the product & personal level) #manageyourself

2️⃣ If your product is Great, it doesn’t need to be Good • Feb 2010 • 4 min read
Written when the iPad first came out, this article explain why it’s important to be a minimalist when working on new products. You want to pick a few attributes and get those things very very right. Like gmail or the iPhone did. Don’t try to compete with pre-existing products, find your niche & unique selling proposition #culture

3️⃣ The CUP method for early ideas prioritization • Oct 2020 • 7 min read
Elaborating on early products needs, here is a prioritisation framework that encourage you to build a unique proposition & think with a short term horizon only. 1/ C stands for “Current Primary Goal”, a SMART metric to reach in the new few weeks/months, 2/ U for “Unique Value Proposition”, 3/ P for “Pain Points”. Rank all the problems/ideas on each of this criteria to prioritize fiercely. Disclaimer: these frameworks should only be an inspiration, choose criteria based on your unique situation. Btw I spoked in French about this topic for Noe #roadmap #prioritization

4️⃣ 20 psychological principles applied to product design • May 2020 • 14 min read
A recent overview of the main principles with many good product design examples that should definitely inspire you. To access an exhaustive list, be sure to check out growth.design #ui

5️⃣ DALL·E: Creating Images from Text • Jan 2021 • 27 min read
Steve Jobs said 30 years ago that a computer is like a bicycle for our minds: it greatly expands our abilities. Unfortunately we were still the ones to “pedal”, to operate them. Nowadays, we are entering a new era thanks to artificial intelligence that will expand our creative horizon by producing for us. In 2010 this architect produced unseen columns, in 2016 Airbus used AI to generate an unseen part, last year GPT-3 was able to write… and this week the same team announced DALL-E: from a text prompt they are able to “engineer” high quality images 🤯. Why is it important? Because soon, we could all have “creative assistants”. For example check copy.ai (built w/ GPT-3), able to produce very useful ideas & copywriting (launch in oct 2020 and already at 25k$ MRR). Still not sure? Watch this Tiktok (yes I’m still young, and yes “product” influencers is a thing) #future #ai

I’m Olivier Courtois, a product maker for 10y+, currently freelance, coach & Startup advisor, former VP Product comet & Product Director ManoMano.

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

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Olivier Courtois

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

Productverse

A sharp, human & opinionated product management curation made to cut through the noise. Once a week, on https://productver.se. 2 weeks later on medium.

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