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.
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?
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.