Hot Tips is a collection of candid advice by and for product people.
Found a great new way to build your roadmap? Got an awesome design or research tool you can’t live without? Unearthed the holy grail of prioritisation techniques?
Tell the JAM community! Sharing a Hot Tip is the best, fastest way to pay it forward to +3,000 makers from all over Europe. Your daily grind might be their ‘aha moment’!
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. With Hot Tips, we hope to show there’s no ‘one best way’ and it’s ok!
📖 Be as open as you can. Share your 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 like 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.
Every week, we’ll curate the best Hot Tips and share them with the community.
The morning commute is a great time to catch up on the latest happenings across the product world. What are your favourite podcasts that have helped to push your career forward or give you a new perspective?
My favourite podcast in 2018 by far has been the Product Breakfast Club co-hosted by Jake Knapp (of ‘Sprint’ book fame) and Jonathan Courtney (Co-Founder of AJ & Smart, a product design studio in Berlin).
The podcast airs weekly and is probably 60% banter (no bad thing!) and 40% amazingly useful or inspiring information about all things product. I love the fact that the hosts don’t take themselves too seriously. Past podcast topics have included things like dealing with the ‘innovation itch’, how to make big product decisions and a whole host of interesting interviews with entrepreneurs and product leaders. The one with Jason Fried, Founder and CEO of Basecamp, is one of my favourites.
Book recommendations often pop up during each podcast and I am now wading through a huge pile of things to read! Continual learning is so important for Product Managers as methodologies, ways of working and industry trends change so frequently. Give it a listen, you won’t be disappointed!
The Indie Hackers podcast, hands down! It features stories of founders and makers, highlighting their personal lessons learned growing their business, product or career. It's hard not to feel inspired (or reassured!) listening to some of these genuine stories.
My favourite episode is the one with Spotify ex Design Lead Tobias Van Schneider talking about career choices, side projects and personal growth.