PM Brainfood #83

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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 in the Time of Cholera

Product managers and leaders have to think about how the crisis has changed the needs of our users/customers. Further most product leaders have been putting their energy in making sure their workmates, family and friends were safe and able to connect virtually. Rich Mironov, CEO and Prodcut Management Executive of Mironov Consulting, recaps both sets of conversation. (Rich Mironov)

2. It’s Time to Build

Every Western institution was unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic, despite many prior warnings. This monumental failure of institutional effectiveness will reverberate for the rest of the decade. Marc Andreessen explains why we have to start acting and “building” now. (a16z)

3. Luxury to Necessity – the Future of Product Management

“What Product Managers do, moves from a luxury to a necessity.” Adrienne Tann, CEO of Brainmates, speaks about the shift in Product Management due to COVID-19 and gives ideas for PMs on how to prepare for this change. (Brainmates)

How did you solve a product management challenge? Take it to the stage and tell the PM community about your experience and success! Join us as speaker for Product Management Festival in Zurich on Nov 11-12. Apply now!

4. Six Week Cycles

“To get things done, a team should rely more on communication than a rigid process,” Chris Long, former Product Leader at Shopify,, and Superside, believes the best place to start for any development team is the 6 week development cycle. In his article, Mr. Long gives tips on how this cycle should be carried out. (TwoThirtyFour)

5. Product Management in Times of Crisis – Guest Blog Post

Product Managers have to step up now and lead their teams through this crisis to emerge faster, leaner and more focused. Shobhit, Product Manager at Google, recommends what Product Managers need to do to step up in these times of crisis. (PMF)

6. The Founder’s Field Guide for Navigating this Crisis – Advice from Recession-Era Leaders, Investors and CEOs Currently at the Helm

First Round worked with leaders, investors and CEOs to put together helpful guide to the broader tech community for navigating this crisis. (First Round)

7. How to Talk to Your Team When the Future Is Uncertain

Despite the corona crisis and many uncertainties, it is important to maintain a constant communication with employees. Rebecca Knight, freelance journalist and lecturer at Wesleyan University, illustrates what information – and how much of it – should be shared with reports about the health of an organization. (HBR)

8. Sixteen Must-Read Product Management Books for 2020

Planning team sprints, writing and reading user stories, building out product backlogs are few of many duties of a typical Product Manager. From weedsy tactical help to high-level strategy books, Stephen Gossett, reporter for Built In, recommends 16 essential PM texts. (BuiltIn)

We wish you a great week!

The Product Management Festival Team

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