Product Science Journal

Insights for product leaders on applying design thinking, data science, lean startup, and agile principles to develop great product teams and product growth strategies.

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Is B2B Product Management Different From B2C? - Product Science Journal

I'm thinking of adding a workshop in Seattle on Nov 26th or 27th - please reply and let me know if that is appealing!


How Do Product Leaders and Startup Founders Keep Stress Under Control? - Product Science Journal - Issue #19

I'd love to hear from you - how do you make time for yourself and your health?


How well do you work with your marketing team? - Product Science Journal

One of the things that stands out to me across my experiences working in product at B2B and B2C companies across different industries is the many different sizes and roles of marketing. At one B2B company, marketing and product barely spoke to each other - wh…


Focus Ruthlessly on One Metric - Product Science Journal

I'd love to hear from you. All replies go straight to my inbox, and I read each one. Are you ruthlessly focused on one product metric? If so, what did it take for you to get there? If not, what's stopping you?


How to Change Your Boss's Mind - Product Science Journal

This week, I've been thinking a lot about different kinds of founders and business leaders. Many product managers that I talk to get frustrated when their boss's egos get in the way. It's one thing to know what you *should* be doing, it's another to get it do…


What is a Great Product Opportunity? - Product Science Journal

I recently read an article from Hiten Shah, founder of several successful SaaS companies, that really drives home the importance of finding a good product opportunity. He shares a story of how things can go when you get distracted by positive feedback without…


How Organizations Capture Growth in Today's World - Product Science Journal

This week, leadership level thinking and organizational design are on my mind. As a chemical engineer by training, I see organizations as systems of people. I think about the information and productivity flow within the organization as a problem similar to de…


Never ask users if they like your idea - Product Science Journal

If you've been following me for a while, you've probably seen that I run in person workshops. Those are a lot of fun, and one of my favorite ways to work with people. But they aren't accessible to lots of fantastic people, so I've been working hard to get som…


Why culture eats strategy and what to do about it - Product Science Journal

I'm excited to announce two upcoming web events where you can talk with me about your product challenges:


The most important thing in product development - Product Science Journal

So far, I've talked a lot about how to figure out what to build, but finding great opportunities won't get you anywhere if you can't capture them by building great solutions. That's why, once you've determined there is something worth going after, it's so imp…


Product Strategy Podcasts for Product Leaders - Product Science Journal

As I've expanded my circle and conversations, I've come across more and more teams and companies that are struggling to decide where to put their resources and energy. Should we build feature A or feature B? What do we do when the customers tell us conflictin…


Design Thinking isn't just about designs - Product Science Journal - Issue #9

Whenever I'm getting started with a new client or project, I like to do a kick-off workshop. If we're in person, we get together with sharpies and post-it notes. If we're remote, we join each other online with a tool like Trello or Mural. I've learned that ev…


How to conduct great interviews - Product Science Journal

Well hello there. I'm sorry I've been silent for a while. The holidays were so busy, but we're onto a new year now, and I can't wait for what it will bring.What's a good way to start this year off right? Join me in NYC for a workshop! Details below, or click …


Seeing the Big Picture - Product Science Journal

As I've talked to and worked with a wider array of companies trying to create innovative products, I've become fascinated by the big picture forces that are at play. Here are some of the best articles I've read recently that help to explain what's behind some…


Be a Product Leader - Product Science Journal - Issue #6

Since I do a lot of work on early stage products, I am often working at the big picture level, thinking about product vision and strategy. I'm surprised when I come across senior product managers who complain about unclear vision or strategy as though it's so…


Data Science for Product Leaders - Product Science Journal

It's been said that "Data is the new oil." I believe it. I've seen firsthand what companies that know how to use their data can do, and it is incredible - think super targeted experiences that offer up exactly what a user needs exactly when they need it. I've…


Get Your Stakeholders Onboard - Product Science Journal

Did you enjoy this issue? Please forward it to a friend, or reply and let me know what you think!Cheers,Holly


Why You Need Empathy - Product Science Journal

Happy Tuesday! I have exciting news - this October, I'll be opening to the public one of the workshops I've been running with companies like Babies R Us, Shutterstock, and Thoughtbot. As a newsletter subscriber, I'd like to offer you a special discount. Scrol…


Get More From User Interviews - Product Science Journal

The best product teams not only talk to user regularly but also know how to reduce bias in their approach. Here are two of my favorite articles to help you make sense of conversations with users.


High Impact Experimentation

High impact experimentation is the practice of using continuous, lean research to answer the most important questions a team has, guiding the team iteratively to the best product they can make.