Product advice “I wish I had three years ago”

“Here’s advice I wish I had three years ago”, writes Ryan Hoover. Of the 30 pieces of advice, here are the 7 most relevant to product managers:

  1. Don’t be so clever. Obvious is usually the better product decision.
  2. Have a vision and thesis of the future but don’t overshoot the market, ignoring what people ask for today.
  3. Product complexity isn’t just a technical burden but an education hurdle for customers and new hires. Just because it’s easy to implement doesn’t mean it isn’t costly.
  4. The last 5% often makes all the difference.
  5. Engage and include engineering very early in the product design process.
  6. In the words of Kanye, “Everything I’m not, made me everything I am.” If you’re saying “no” infrequently, you’re probably making bad product decisions.
  7. Product design and usability is important for any product. B2B companies don’t get a pass. They serve people too.

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