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This week features posts on: Culture, Career, Leadership, Communication, and Process.
Marty Cagan, Partner at SVPG, responds to the question, “What are the most common areas of confusion you encounter in product teams today?” Cagan points to specific dynamics that managers should watch for, so they can coach their teams toward healthier habits.
Jason Mesut, Design Partner, offers an alternative approach to developing a career ladder. His “Competency Model” may help you visualize and map an individual’s progress across relevant skills, qualities, and responsibilities.
Pardis Noorzad, Data Science Manager at Twitter, shares an archive of the most valuable leadership lessons she’s learned. Among her list are bits of wisdom such as “Never be the source of division,” “Promotions and shoutouts are an implicit announcement of your values,” and more.
Instead of saving up and refining a ‘perfect’ piece of feedback, try offering a lot of feedback, early and often — and then iterate on your best material. Here’s Tom Sommer, Director of Engineering at Redbubble, with more on what that looks like in practice.
“Fixing things and building things are very different to one other.” Drago Crnjac, Product Engineer at Intercom, underlines why fixing things can be stressful, and offers a unique process for triaging issues as they arise.
Ben Thompson is a co-founder at GitPrime where he leads design and customer experience. He is a Y Combinator alumni, with a background in product design, branding, and UX design. Follow @thebent on Twitter.
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