😴 The lazy edition: learn why being lazy is good and how to get away with it // PM Snacks #22

Olivier Courtois
Feb 4 · 3 min read
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Hey there 👋

1️⃣ Don’t be the Glue • Nov 2020 • 3 min read
Many PMs believe that they should be the glue between all teams: handling information, removing all impediments, doing whatever it takes to make things happen. But this mindset is a trap leading to the superman effect: you work too much, feel lonely and your team can’t operate without you. Instead, you should build a system: 1/ to distribute responsibilities & empower your team, 2/ to communicate and save time in the future. Some tips in this article to be lazy and get away with it ;) #manageyourself #execution

2️⃣ The benefits of laziness: why being a lazy person can be good for you • Dec 2020 • 7 min read
Are you lazy? Don’t feel bad. I am too… And it’s even more obvious since I started coaching. When used to your advantage, laziness is good for your mental health (= I’m learning to be okay not to work if I’m not “inspired”), it helps my diffuse thinking (= I’m more creative), I focus on important & urgent tasks (= no time lost on the wrong thing, even better I automated so much of my freelancer life). Read on #manageyourself

3️⃣ No Meetings, No Deadlines, No Full-Time Employees • Jan 2021 • 9 min read
Following up the mindset that opens to you when you accept to be lazy and work differently… I strongly recommend this story by Gumroad’s founder, Sahil Lavingia, on how the company is operated. 1/ No one is working full-time — not even him, 2/ they all work async and remotely, 3/ they encourage you to realise yourself — mainly by being a creator (that’s their core business after all). One last thing, be sure to check their public wiki #culture

4️⃣ How to Use Data to Build a B2B SaaS Product Strategy • Dec 2020 • 14 min read
An overview of what it takes to measure a B2B or SaaS depending on if you compete in the game of attention (like Netflix or Spotify), the game of transaction (like ManoMano or comet) or the game of productivity (like Algolia or Amplitude). My takeaways: 1/ choose a north start metric, 2/ break it down in actionable input metrics (breadth x depth x frequency x efficiency). Don’t stop here, there is more! #datainformed

5️⃣ Why do we interface? • Aug 2020 • 21 min read
If you are passionate about design and how we interact on a daily basis with machines… This website, actually micro-book, is a jewel and must-read! The author takes a historical look at interfaces (even before computers, this is very documented) & then makes a few guesses on the future #culture #ux

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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