Hot Tips is a constantly growing, curated collection of candid advice by and for product people.
Think of it as a precious piece of advice you wish you had received when you started building products. It’s a short snippet of wisdom that helps you do things differently.
Contributing a Hot Tip it the fastest way to reach 3,000+ makers from all over Europe. Your daily grind might be their ‘aha moment’!
1. Write your Tip following the guidelines below.👇
2. Submit the Tip through Typeform.
3. Wait patiently! The Tip will undergo some scrutiny by our Hot Tip Catcher, who will then decide whether to publish it (we may tweak the content for clarity).
4. Watch out! Every week we’ll pick the best Hot Tips and share them with the community in the JAM newsletter. Look out for yours! 👀
Your Tip can belong to one of the three categories.
📖 Be as open as you can: share insider knowledge, something people won’t have come across before. A Hot Tip reveals how you do things.
🎨 Show, don’t (just) tell: talking about your roadmapping process? How about including a screenshot of the tool you use? There’s nothing better than seeing your ‘behind-the-scenes’.
💌 Keep it short and personal: aim for 200 words max, and word it like you’re helping a friend out.
🔧 Share tools: offer readers an opportunity to explore the topic. Link to at least one helpful ebook or article that helped you in the past.
Forget the job titles in the world of product management. But how have you advanced your career? From your first role to a more strategic approach. Or to leading a team of product managers. What have you done to get to to where you are?
My tactic was to always strive to build product-awareness, regardless of the role I was in.
As a PM, when one does make the transition, being well-versed in this aspect of the role makes a big difference. For someone like me, who had spent most of their time in engineering, learning to look at things as an end user was crucial. It helped to develop a perspective that eventually translated into PM thinking.
Regardless of when it is that you plan to transition, here is one thing you can do in your current role as an engineer. Ask yourself:
A product leader is a pretty rare beast. It lives in big organisations, and manages tribes of creatures called product managers. How did they get on top of this product food chain? To put it simply: They started as a good PM, grew to be an exceptional PM, and… got bored.
A PM optimises for efficiency. Their role is to make all the pieces of product building work together like well-oiled machine. The more processes they optimise, the more time they have left to ask bigger questions.
Example: you start by asking why the company blog doesn’t have bespoke graphics for each post. You discover the process of communication with the design team is faulty and fix it. With this hurdle out of the way you start thinking: how can this blog serve as a better lead generation tool? If the goal is to generate leads, is the blog the best way to do it?
This line of thinking is what a product lead does. A product lead optimises for effectiveness.