Good vs Bad PM by Ben Horowitz

В свежей книжке Ben Horowitz “The Hard Thing About Hard Things” упоминается написанный им документ “Good Product Manager – Bad Product Manager“. Я решил найти оригинальную версию, которая доступна в свободном доступе на khoslaventures.com. Мой опыт говорит о том, что характеристики и действия хорошего продакт менеджера в технической компании примерно такие же как и у хорошего бренд менеджера в FMCG, а в некоторой степени и такие же как и любого хорошего генерального менеджера.

Реалистичные ожидания

Этот совет Марка Аврелия показался мне довольно актуальным и в наши времена:

“Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill will, and selfishness– all of them due to the offender’s ignorance of what is good and evil. That people of a certain type should behave as they do is inevitable. To wish it otherwise were to wish the fig-tree would not yield its juice.”

Как учатся лучшие студенты

Планирую пробовать этот подход активнее на моих МБА классах.

Цитирую ответ Hooman’а на вопрос “How do top students study?” на Quora:

I maintained a 5.0/5.0 GPA in one of my MIT masters and 4.9/5.0 in my other MIT masters until my very last semester when I had to fly to job interviews and couldn’t attend all my classes. I achieved these grades while doing a double research load. That is I worked simultaneously for an MIT professor and two Harvard Medical School professors.

…и его мнение по поводу того, что очень помогло достичь эти впечатляющие результаты:

Write your notes in a way where you can test your retention and understanding. Simply put my notes can be used like flashcards because I write them in a form where I separate a “stimulus” from a “response.” The stimulus are cues or questions (think: front side of flashcard), while the response is the answer to the cue (think: back of flashcard). But the stimuli are to the left of a margin, while the responses are to the right. The key advantage of this is that just by putting a sheet of paper on top of your notes, you can hide the responses, while leaving the stimuli visible. You can have multiple margins and multiple levels of stimuli and response for greater information density. When you get good at this you can write notes in this form in real-time. To get some idea of what I’m talking about google for “Cornell Notetaking method” My notetaking method is a variant of this.