This Week in Product – Jun. 28, 2019

Published Jun 28, 2019

Your Roadmap Isn’t the Prom Queen

There are about a million philosophies on feature prioritization and lots of opinions on who should be involved in the process. Some product teams favor a more “democratic” approach, using votes to determine what to build and in what order. It’s not necessarily that we’re against voting when it comes to roadmaps — we just agree that popularity shouldn’t be the deciding factor.

The Welcome Wagon

As they say, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. So you better nail that initial experience your user has with your product. Having a fantastic welcome page is one way to do that. However, that’s not as easy as it sounds. This page needs to reflect your brand, make users feel at ease, set the stage for ongoing success, and offer some helpful “getting started” information. So how do you even start to build something that needs to appear effortless but is really so complex? Intercom has some thoughts on that, plus some examples of the welcome page done right.

The Funny Pages

We love comics as much as the next person, particularly when they’re as real as this one. Maybe one of our upcoming debate questions should be, “Are you a glass-half-empty or a glass-half-full kind of PM?” However, we suspect we’ll get a few responses similar to the punchline of this joke.

Looking Ahead

Product-market fit is a huge topic in the startup world, but what happens after your product achieves that milestone? To keep up your momentum, you need to identify the next market(s) to break into and realize that your entry might not be met with the level of enthusiasm you were hoping for. The more you can prepare for that future day, the better off you’ll be.

“Siri, Find Me a Cool Job”

Want to be on the team behind one of the most recognizable voices in the world? If machine learning and natural processing are your jam, there’s no better place to put your skills to work than Apple.