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To Get Good At Product Management You Need to Put in the Reps

Toby Rogers
Toby Rogers
Hello fellow punks! 
Welcome to the 6 of you who have signed up for this since the last issue. It’s great to have you on board. Hopefully you’ll stick with me while I figure out what this newsletter is all about.
Here’s this week’s issue ⬇️

Lets get this product into shape...
As a product manager, you can read all the books and blog posts you want, but if you’re not regularly getting new stuff into your users’ hands, then you’re never really moving forwards. 
Product management is something you learn by doing.
the product manager who ships every week is learning a lot quicker than the PM who ships once a quarter. 
Like John Cutler says, reps matter:
John Cutler
"more junior" product manager at popular tech company known for their product

"In the last year, I've been involved in 3 major releases, and lots of lots of experiments...maybe 8-12"

senior PM at large enterprise

"Last year was basically a 1.5 large releases"

reps matter
The proof of success for an idea isn’t what your UXR interviews tell you—it’s what your real customers tell you when they use (or more often don’t use) your product. 
Toby Rogers 🚀🤘
No product survives first contact with its users.

If you think you've won by shipping, you need to think again.

The first version of your product is just a step towards building something your customers actually want.
It’s not about moving fast and breaking things, though.
It’s about upping the tempo at which you cycle through your OODA Loop so you can make sure what you’re learning compounds quickly. 
If you just release to production once a quarter, you’re only able to iterate on what you’ve learned every three months at best.
As product managers, it’s our job to test ideas. The only way to do that properly is by showing them to people. 
The quicker we can do that, the better.
What I've been reading 📚
No start-up is perfect. They’re all broken in different ways. What matters is what you choose to fix, and what you choose to leave.
This article by Erez Druk has a great approach for deciding what to worry about in what order 😬
Every Startup is a Little Bit Broken
In product we focus a lot on features, but what really matters is position. Before we try and figure out what we want to build, we need to understand where our product sits in relation to everything else.
This article from Basecamp‘s Ryan Singer is a few years old, but it’s still a great explanation of the kind of trade-offs you’ll need to make 👇
Dual track Agile has long been my preferred framework for building new products. This post from Mind The Product is an excellent primer for anyone looking to embrace the messiness of continuous discovery and delivery 💡
Dual-Track Agile: Why messy leads to innovation - Mind the Product
That’s it! 
See you next week (probably). 
Toby 
The Punk PM 
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