product management

Google sometimes drops the ball because Google is a massive company

March 19, 2016 Uncategorized

The other day I finally subscribed to Connected, a great consumer tech podcast, and in their most recent episode, Federico rants about the inconsistent feature support across Google’s iOS apps. (He ranted about it 2 months prior, and the rant still stands.) They’ve failed to provide consistent support for now-core iPad features, including support for the iPad Pro’s bigger screen and Split View. How can you write in Google Docs and do research simultaneously without split view? Not even beingRead More

Eight months, in an office

March 8, 2016 Uncategorized

10 months ago, I was living what I thought was a dream: working remotely for a decently-buzzed tech startup where I was the lead product guy. I could work in my underwear, start and end whenever I wanted, have free reign to work and travel wherever I pleased. Then in May, said startup laid me (and pretty much everyone else) off with a week’s notice. I had seen this coming for almost a year for various reasons I won’t getRead More

The problem of task managers

November 9, 2015 Uncategorized

Wunderlist, Trello, Todoist, OmniFocus. 2do. Things. I have to imagine that most smartphone users haven’t even heard of these apps. That's probably why there's such an apparent subculture around each one. The average person will never break into the most beloved apps, and those who do will defend it to no end. So why don’t so many people, who presumably have things they need to do in their lives, use one of these tools? For all the people that doRead More

Misanthropy in product management

October 5, 2015 Uncategorized

When I started product managing, I quickly came across and fell in love with the Cranky Product Manager blog. It was everything that I had just started to experience as a new PM — the constant fight for attention in the roadmap, the terribly-defined feature requests, the working ridiculously late for reasons I couldn’t really justify for myself. That blog is no longer active, but the feelings are still alive in many of the PMs I talk to around Boston and NYC — andRead More