PM Brainfood #82

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Brainfood Newsletter

Biweekly we select for you the best articles in product management.

Enjoy and have a PRODUCTive week!


Interesting Reads


1. Product Management During a Market Crisis: Seven Actions to Take

The impact of the coronavirus crisis hasn’t been that severe for PMs. However there will be ripple effects in the weeks and months to come. Jeff Lash, VP & Group Director in Product Management at Forrester, introduces seven actions PMs can take to position the organization for success now and after this crisis has passed. (Forrester)

2. Wartime Product Leadership

In contrast to driving on a multi-lane expressway called peacetime product management, wartime product management is akin to driving on a dirt road in the mountains. Ben Foster, CPO at GoCanvas & Founder of Prodify, gives recommendations for product leaders for transitioning to Wartime Product Management. (Medium)

3. Wartime Product Manager’s Reading List

Let’s face it. Disneyland is over. Budgets were cut, hirings were frozen and layoffs news is a daily occurrence. This is what wartime looks like. Mirela Mus, Founding Partner & CPO at Product People, gives a few book suggestions that can help you through the crisis. (Medium)


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4. How We Use Slack at Slack

For Slack users, Slack CPO Tamar Yehoshua shares how his own team uses Slack. He writes, “Making sure information gets to the right people, at the right time, is what makes organizations more or less effective. At Slack, all work happens in channels. You never get an email from someone inside the company.” (Product Coalition)

5. What Is the Difference between OKRs and KPIs? Which One to Use?

Jacob Barrera Loredo, Product Manager at WAVO Health, explains the difference between OKRs and KPIs and gives tips in what situation which one you should use. “After you finish (reading) this text, you will not only have a clearer understanding but also the confidence to move forward in how you measure the success of your goals!” (Medium)

6. Struggling to Thrive as a Large Team Working Remotely? This Exec Has the Field Guide You Need

“Remote work doesn’t require any special sauce. It’s about having high intent as a leader and then pushing your team to relentlessly — and consistently — take small steps toward your North Star, trusting them all along the way.” Maggie Leung, NerdWallet VP of Content, will guide you as a PM leader through the challenges of working remotely. (First Round)

7. Dealing with Difficult Emotions in Product Management

The Coronavirus pandemic causes many people to be concerned about their health and jobs and the wellbeing of family members and friends. Therefore we experience even more difficult emotions, like confusion, frustration, anger, envy, sadness, and worry. In this article, Roman Pichler explains how to constructively deal with these emotions. (Roman Pichler)

8. Anxiety Is Contagious. Here’s How to Contain It.

Perhaps the most difficult part of this pandemic is the uncertainty we are all facing. Uncertainty can be even compared to a virus itself, one that is only adding fuel to the anxious fires burning in many of us. Knowing how this process works, however, can help us take proper countermeasures and develop better mental hygiene. Judson Brewer, Director of Research and Innovation at Brown University School of Public Health, gives recommendations for you if you find yourself experiencing anxieties. (HBR)

We wish you a great week!

The Product Management Festival Team

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