Why We’re Shaking Up Our Plans and Pricing

Apr 7th, 2017 Product Janna Bastow 1 min read

We’re shaking up our plans and pricing next month. Don’t panic. If you’re a current ProdPad customer, you will get to keep the plan and price you’re on as long as you want. You’ve been with us from the start and we’re eternally grateful. Your plan is safe! But going forward, our new customers will […]

Say Hello To The New ProdPad

Jan 25th, 2017 Product Janna Bastow 9 min read

Today, we’ve flipped the switch on a new, more beautiful ProdPad. It’s the latest iteration of our persistent product vision: to help you become a better and more confident product manager. Making you a badass product manager was at the top of our minds as we designed and tested the beta version last year – […]

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. […]

How to Write Great Product Specs

Jun 11th, 2016 Product Janna Bastow 16 min read

What is a product spec? A product spec is a blueprint that describes what you’re building, who you’re building it for and what the final outcome should be. A well-written spec is about clarity. The more information you have going into a product spec, the more clarity you give everyone working on the product with […]

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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 […]

It’s True, Most People Don’t Need To Know Your Product Timeline

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 […]