🔱 #2 - Proof of Worth Tasks, Payment first & more...
Also, learn how to build your own quick survey with lots of code!
Hello fellow learners!
This week we’re looking at a few interesting things from the product, design & technology world, which I’ve uncovered. Let’s get cracking!
Scaling Analogy from Reid Hoffman
In the military, there is a saying:
Marines take the beach,
Army takes the country and
Police govern the country
Reid Hoffman takes this analogy straight into scaling products, by equating:
- small team to get a product market fit.
- larger team to scale (blitzscaling)
- governance to sustain growth (prevent mistakes)
This is fairly pretty apt for startups and product teams wishing to scale.
Be consistent on the vision, flexible on the details!
Proof of Worth Tasks
Shreyas Doshi, product guru extraordinaire, shed light on Proof of worth tasks that PMs end up doing to justify their presence on the team. The thread itself is a gold-mine:
The question I have to you is:
What percentage of your work is spent in doing Proof of Work tasks?
There is no shying away from the fact that sometimes we end up doing work that is ‘Proof of work’ even though it might be just to fill a gap. Remember, the transition between lending a hand and an obligation is subtle and happens without your notice.
Amazon trialing payment first approach in their checkout?
A few months ago, I wrote about designing a payment first approach:
The idea is fairly simple: by taking the payment first, you’re locking the user into committing to transact. This sort of works to get their interest (now that the biggest hurdle has been overcome).
I was pleasantly surprised when on Amazon.ae and on amazon.com, this approach is being trialed. Love to know if you have had a similar experience? What do you think about this? Tweet or reply to this mail!
Building your tiny survey engine using MongoDB Atlas & Realm
Gathering feedback is not easy. Especially if your form is clunky and requires navigation around multiple pages. However, for pointed feedback (like the one you saw above), you’re pretty much stuck. Hence, I set out to make my own service. Heroku was a bad option since the servers sleep when you’re not using them and their data persistence is…. ehh.
You can read more about how to do that here.
Side note: The tech section will be focused around how we can use technology to solve some of the challenges we’ve faced. I don’t think I’m the best source for ‘This week in tech’ - there are much better sources out there. The aim of this section is to expose you to the possibilities — you may choose to do them for yourself, or get someone to help you. Let me know if that direction works for you?
Colors of 2022!
Colors play an important part in the way our product is perceived. If you’re hard-pressed for new color ideas, checkout this palette:
This beautiful palette comes from the color trends of 2022 by Shutterstock. You can find some beautiful colors here.
10 annoying web design mistakes
I stumbled upon this article, when I was looking for an infographic to share with my wife on web design errors. The article is good. These are the points:
Don’t make users wait for content to load
Don’t open internal link in new tabs
Don’t use too many typefaces
Don’t use too many colours on your website
Don’t use generic photos of people
Don’t let promotion steal the show
Don’t play background music or auto play videos with music
Don’t hijack scrolling
Don’t use horizontal scroll
Don’t sacrifice usability for the sake of beauty
I think all of them are valid, but maybe 2015 in their do’s & don’ts, unless your organization/team prefers to violate them, in 2022. Maybe share this with them, if they’re bad?
Product Thoughts of the Day
Weekly recap of the PTOTDs (as I like to call them) won’t be done any more in this newsletter. Instead, I’ll pick up the most popular (be engagement) and share that:
PMs are defined by the hell they go through – you are not meant to be happy, just busy. Not saying that happiness eludes PMs, but if you were happy, you would be comfortable. And comfort doesn’t innovate.
No matter the structure of management, you can find ways to add value, grow yourself and your team and be an effective leader. Absorb everything, retain somethings.
Thank you for reading!