Best 93 Quotes & Tweets on Product management

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1

The Lindy Effect for startups: The longer you go without shipping product, the more likely you will never ship product.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

2

Work on a product you’d buy yourself, then go sell it to everyone like yourself.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

3

Delete your product backlog every six months. If it’s important, it will emerge again. If not, you’ll save your team the mental anguish of rehashing something that will never see the light of day.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

4

Many of the best product people I know are historians of our industry. They can tell you about features built by companies big & small many years ago. Their intuition is guided by years of studying failure and success. The sooner you become a historian, the better you’ll be.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

5

A lack of product-market-fit is never solved with more features.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

6

First-time founders care most about product. Second-time founders care most about distribution.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

7

Product has been glorified. What they don't tell you: 1. Your job is to say "no" to distracting ideas. People will often be frustrated with you. 2. When things break, you're accountable. Get ready to bite the bullet. 3. Designing new products is a small part of what you'll do.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

8

Being good at product is being good at people

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

9

The best consumer product people I know often come from random walks of life. They are not CS grads from top universities. They didn’t start their careers as Google PM’s. They have unique backgrounds (education, career path, hometown) that make them view the world differently.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

10

Prototype the absolute simplest version of your dream product. Use it yourself first. Also include teammates, friends & fools. Then pause for a week. Do you miss your product? If the answer is “yes”, you are onto something. A practical heuristic for future value.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

11

Every creative project starts as an imitation. You begin by mapping what you already know or have previously seen onto the situation. But if you iterate and recombine enough, it becomes an original.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

12

Building a product for others: - Starting with zero customers - Painfully slow feedback loop - Customers don’t tell you what they really want Building a product for yourself: - Starting with one customer - you! - Infinitely fast feedback loop - Little to no miscommunication

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

13

Beware of product people who use data as a crutch for a lack of taste. Beware of product people who use taste as a crutch for a lack of data.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

14

The most brutal thing about the PM job is that doing the *easy* thing (path of least resistance within an org to get something shipped) is usually the *wrong* thing. The *right* thing is rabid and constant advocacy for the customer. This is why remarkable PMing is quite rare.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

15

Product is: 1. Coming up with 100 ideas and realizing that 99 are terrible, but 1 is promising enough to pursue. 2. Going down rabbit holes for a living and never getting bored. 3. Finding out that "someone already tried that" and convincing yourself that you can do better.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

16

The hardest part about product has nothing to do with designing UX/UI or motivating engineers. Those skills can be learned through hard work. The hardest part is having a unique point of view about the world & being able to articulate those ideas to customers in a simple way.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

17

The best way to save money is to build a high-quality product. - Quality means your customers sell: less salespeople - Quality means your product has fewer issues: less customer service - Quality means your product does more with less: less engineers

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

18

In the short-run, great managers, coaches, and leaders adjust their strategy to fit their players. In the long-run, great managers, coaches, and leaders recruit players to fit their strategy.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

19

The most important lesson I’ve learned for developing new products: You don’t have to be the first person to come up with a product idea. In fact, that will rarely be the case. But you can almost always make an existing idea better. And that’s when you get the big wins.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

20

The best product people I know are truth seekers. They overcome their own ego, politics within their organization, and personal biases — and they build what customers actually want. Truth is the hardest thing to achieve when building products. Seek truth.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

21

Product 101: -there is no end or beginning -the sum of the makers experiences define what’s built (hence diversity) -customers never truly know what they want until it’s delivered -more features is not better—better is better -tell 1 story -embed the story inside the product

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

22

You can learn more about a product manager by analyzing their work in version 1.1 rather 1.0 The second release truly separates the good from the great

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

23

What "product people" don't tell you about building products: 1. The confidence and conviction required to build new products can be overwhelming. 2. We have many sleepless nights & moments of self doubt. 3. The most successful PM's persevere & push their ideas to production.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

24

Product development never ends because solving problems for customers is a never ending journey. Each problem you solve leads you to the next one.

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

@hnshah

25

People often ask me what product design actually is. To design products is to understand what needs, wants, or problems people have, and to construct something that will help solve that problem.

Julie Zhuo

Julie Zhuo

@joulee

26

"VP Product is the toughest executive search. That's called...a founder."

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

27

I don't like coding that much. I don't like designing that much. I don't like product management that much. But I *love* having shipped a product people love.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

28

I often receive notes asking for the best resources to learn how to build product. Product is an art learned over time, like playing an instrument or becoming a writer. The best way to get better at product is to practice the art. Read less articles. Build more products.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

29

Creating new financial institutions and products takes years. Unless you're working on a blockchain - then it can be done in a few weekends.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

30

Humility is necessary to build a great product. Arrogance believes the product is great and anyone who thinks otherwise is an idiot.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

31

"Show don't tell" is close to universal advice. It applies to: - Writing stories - Leadership - Product development

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

32

Spend the vast majority of your energy ensuring you got the defaults in your product experience right. Never use “but we added an option...” as a crutch. Only power users use options.

Julie Zhuo

Julie Zhuo

@joulee

33

Some of the best changes come in the form of deletion: Get rid of a bunch of code. Deprecate a feature. Remove an unneeded paragraph. Smear a bunch of brushstrokes into a single texture. Figure out what 𝘪𝘵 is, and then get rid of what isn't 𝘪𝘵.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

34

Thoughts on being "good" at product: 1. The best product people I know are entrepreneurs at heart. 2. They identify high impact ideas & fight like hell to get them made. 3. Their real "magic" is perseverance, grit, and creative fortitude.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

35

One things I've learned "managing people" on a product team: If you love building products, always have 1-2 projects that you build yourself. Don't give that up. Too many managers on product teams stop building. Unless you're managing an XL team, you likely have time for both.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

36

The best PM's I know understand value: 1. They quantify market potential for ideas (# of customers with a problem). 2. They understand time value of engineers & designers (opportunity cost). 3. They master financial models & deeply understand inputs that drive value creation.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

37

How to become better at Product: 1. Read books 📚 2. Travel more often ✈️ 3. Discover new apps📱 4. Be quantitative 📈 5. Learn how to listen👂

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

38

Middle managers write a 5 page email justifying why a bad product decision was made. Great builders fix it and send a one line email after, saying that issue is now fixed.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

39

The best Product Managers know how to: 1. Prioritize a collection of ideas. 2. Sell products to stake holders. 3. Communicate vision with engineering team & make them partners. 4. Be honest with themselves & team while analyzing results. 5. Dust themselves off & keep building.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

40

The secret to building products: 1. Find designers you love working with and trust. Work together for a long period of time. 2. Recognize that engineers are your partners and give them the credit they deserve. 3. Be comfortable failing and trust that you’ll figure it out.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

41

Things I wish I knew earlier in my product career: 1. You’re only as good as your Engineering partners. 2. Focus on a single KPI for a long period of time & master one piece of the funnel. 3. Always be a student. Life is a never ending search to discover things that inspire you.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

42

Sometimes I can’t believe that I get to wake up in the morning and build products for a living. We are all incredibly lucky to be able to call this a career. Never forget that.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

43

Building products is a hits business, like being a screenwriter or a movie producer. For better or worse, you will often be judged by the success or failure of your last release. Celebrate the wins. Learn from the losses. And have some fun along the way.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

44

When building products, it’s so easy to feel self doubt. You have OKR’s to beat and teammates who rely on your decision making. It can be paralyzing. The best thing you can do is get outside of your own head and go talk to a customer. That’s how you get your confidence back.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

45

When looking at company software options, like for video chat, I'd love a browser plugin that would instantly tell me how a company I'm looking at was funded. I have no interest in signing up for a VC-backed option that's likely going to be shut down, sold, or IPO in X time.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

46

The best product leaders I know: 1. Embrace their own weaknesses & do not pretend to know everything about building products. 2. Recruit the smartest PM's/designers they can find and let them build. 3. Have very little ego & know that the product is all that matters.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

47

Electron should send an brand-impairment invoice to all the memory-hogging, fan-spinning monstrosities that have been shipped under its brand. It’s amazing that so many apps have gotten away with bloat murder because Electron absorbed all the blame.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

48

How to come up with product ideas: 1. Dig into data & identify broken parts of your funnel. 2. Use your own products & be honest about the experience. 3. Get outside your office & meet new people. 4. Work with with amazing designers & engineers. 5. Talk to customers everyday.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

49

Favorite quote of the day: “The best product teams crave truth and do math.” Truth + math is an amazing combination when building products.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

50

Product development requires extreme attention to detail. They don’t teach you this in school.

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

@hnshah