Posts in management

Making 1:1s Worth Your Time

May 26, 2019

What is the purpose of a 1:1 with your manager? I wanted to do a write-up to dispel a common misconception around what that meeting with your manager is, and how you can channel it into a much more productive use of time. Status Whenever I talk to new hires, and they set up 1:1s with me or their new manager, one thing becomes very obvious - a lot of people consider 1:1 meetings to be a forum to discuss everything they’ve done in the past week/month/quarter.

Fall In Love With The Problem, Not The Solution

April 19, 2019

You talk to customers, you collect data, you got buy-in from your internal stakeholders. You lined everything up for a successful feature launch. And then you run an experiment, and the reality showed you that the implementation that you expected to be the winning one is actually not what moves the needle for the larger product. Now you have a dilemma - you have the option to launch as is (after all, you did the due diligence - maybe the experiment timing was bad and in the real world, people will love what you did) or go back to the drawing board.