User Onboarding: The UX Behind Our Magically Extending Free Trial

Jun 29th, 2016 Product Janna Bastow 1 min read

This is the first of a two-part series that looks into the rules we broke and the risks we took to build out our new user onboarding flow at ProdPad.  We’ve been experimenting with our new user onboarding since we launched ProdPad, but our latest iteration is getting us quite a bit of attention. It’s unexpected. […]

No HiPPO Hijacks My Product Roadmap

Mar 16th, 2016 Product Janna Bastow 1 min read

Are you locked in an uncomfortable power struggle with a HiPPO (hilarious acronym for “highest paid person in the office”) over your product roadmap? Have you been taking the heat from your team for letting the HiPPOs take over? Is your HiPPO full of legitimately bad ideas? Although I’m a big fan of the “just […]

The Product Tree Game [Free Product Management Template]

Feb 21st, 2016 Product Janna Bastow 1 min read

One of the core responsibilities of every product manager’s role is to define the evolution of the product long term – or rather, to translate the multitude of inputs coming from internal stakeholders, customers and other sources into a (hopefully) visionary product roadmap. To help you with this, we want to share a great product […]

Our Product Roadmap Is Public And People Love It

Feb 3rd, 2016 Product Janna Bastow 1 min read

People often become visibly concerned when I tell them my company, ProdPad, has a public product roadmap. Yes, it sounds like a terribly uncomfortable idea from the outside. But relax! We’re not handing the game over to our competitors. We’re not hurting our business. We’re just not under any delusions that we’re Apple, or that […]

How To Get Away With Ambiguous Timelines

Jan 6th, 2016 Product Janna Bastow 1 min read

We recently published “Why Release Dates Are Irrelevant To Product Managers” and it immediately became one of our most widely shared pieces. Was it something I said? I hope so. The worst kept secret of in the product management community is that we’re terrible with dates. We don’t like them. Working with them is bad for […]

Why Release Dates Are Irrelevant To Product Managers

Nov 24th, 2015 Product Janna Bastow 7 min read

What’s a product roadmap with dates? A release plan. Or at least it might as well be. I’m going to say this again and again until my voice is hoarse and my fingers run out of steam. I’ll be a crotchety old lady waving a cane at you saying the same old thing, if I […]

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Why Release Dates Are Irrelevant To Product Managers

Nov 24th, 2015 Product Janna Bastow 7 min read

What’s a product roadmap with dates? A release plan. Or at least it might as well be. I’m going to say this again and again until my voice is hoarse and my fingers run out of steam. I’ll be a crotchety old lady waving a cane at you saying the same old thing, if I […]

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Why It’s Not Easy To Hire A Great Product Manager

Oct 19th, 2015 Product Janna Bastow 7 min read

Nobody gets product managers I regularly meet CEOs and CTOs of tech companies who wonder why they can’t seem to recruit quality product managers – and for a lot of them, it’s because they’ve written up a job description for a “project manager.” As a result, they’re automatically disqualifying themselves from getting access to the […]

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