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Your five product management snacks #7

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1️⃣ Bringing Change To Organizations • Aug 2020 • 7 min read
Creating great products often requires the organisation to change as well. If you find yourself in this situation make sure to read this great overview & check first that you have the ability + motivation (internal), and are enabled by your leadership with authority + resources (external) #influencingpeople

2️⃣ A flight-tested framework for effective goal-setting • Apr 2020 • 5 min read
Learn how to provide your team with an “unwrapped burrito”, aka great goals + metrics + thresholds. I can’t stress enough the importance of simplifying goals, and connecting metrics to the growth model of the company #objectives #process

3️⃣ Intuition vs. data • Sept 2019 • 10 min read
I believe that most product teams should be data informed, not driven. First, data has a way to bring a false sense of objectivity to decisions. Second, IMO product sense/intuition tend to lead to the most significant changes #productsense #datainformed

4️⃣ Dropbox Pre-mortem Template • Aug 2020 • 4 min read
Such a simple tactic that can help you “see in the future” and avoid many pitfalls. Use it whenever you feel that your team is not voicing all concerns or that many risks could remain. At comet, we even incorporated it to all our “bets” kickoff with small prompts #tool #planning

5️⃣ The Mental Cost of Being a Product Manager • Aug 2019 • 4 min read
Product Management is very in demand right now. So it’s important to also acknowledge the difficult parts. If you are aspiring to become one, try to evaluate if you can cope with the mental cost. If you are already a PM, please note: we all feel it from time to time, it’s normal, it’s not you #human

I’m Olivier Courtois, 10y+ product thinker, now freelance / coach, Startup advisor, former VP Product comet & Product Director ManoMano.

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