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If I have to quickly give myself or my fellow product managers some reminders, they will be:

  1. Build for users, not for yourself (or engineers, or executives, or account managers). When making decisions, put users first. Talk to a couple users every month. Empathize with them.
  2. Measure the value you add to users. Think about how you would objectively assess if a feature made things better for your users.
  3. Don’t be an IT service org. Question the requirements coming from business teams. Align on problems to solve and objectives to hit, not on solutions.
  4. Don’t jump to solutions. Uncover the…

If you’re starting as a product manager in tech, you would’ve been told by your fellow PMs that saying no is one of the most important parts of this job. If you’ve been a PM for a while, you would’ve done it countless times.

Why saying no is important

You say no so that you can focus on things that are truly important and make everyone rally behind them. Sometimes it’s a hard no i.e. never. Other times, it may be a soft no i.e. not at this time.

Saying no is important because:

  1. This is how you clarify to your organization and also to…

1) Opening up becomes harder

Developing and expressing feelings may become a tedious balancing act when you’ve lost someone in love. Are you at a stage to get them a gift? Are you texting too much or too less? Should you hold hands? Is it too soon to ask to meet again? Questions that drive you crazy. The last time when someone said “I love you” (after a roller coaster of 7 months), I was so compelled to say it back, but could feel it in my guts that it’s not going to turn out good.

2) Social media can drive you crazy

There are so many ways to know what others…

Faizan Qureshi

Product Manager. Story teller. Nomad. Often working from coffee shops. Love cycling around.

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