Rian van der Merwe

Product manager @postmarkapp • Author (see @elezea) • Speaker • 📬 Newsletter to help you make sense of how we live and work online: dontmindthefire.com

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🎉 Elezea turns 10! Introducing memberships and a revamped newsletter.
May, 22 2019
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How to effectively onboard additional team members on a customer’s primary account
May, 21 2019
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Using “Feature/Product Fit” to assess the value of a new feature
May, 20 2019
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Looking for product inspiration? Look way beyond your own industry.
May, 17 2019
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Inside Twitter’s research and development process for their new public prototype
May, 16 2019
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Product growth relies on the right balance between optimization and innovation
May, 14 2019
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Breaking down the multiple variables required to develop successful products
May, 14 2019
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How to use “product forces” to increase product adoption
May, 9 2019
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How to build a system to avoid over-complication in your product
May, 9 2019
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PM Starter Pack — how to get started in product management
May, 8 2019
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How news organizations are adopting product management
May, 8 2019
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“Marketing-driven development is bad,” and other misconceptions of product management
May, 1 2019
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Culture/market fit is more important than product/market fit
April, 30 2019
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Users don’t want control, they want a better solution
April, 30 2019
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Why it’s not a good idea to define a fixed project scope
April, 29 2019
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Product specifications: our template and process
April, 21 2019
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Why it’s important to watch (and understand) your product churn
April, 21 2019
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How to build trust, and other advice for product manager soft skills
April, 17 2019
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Common mistakes less senior product people make, and other good hiring questions for PMs
April, 16 2019
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The dangerous rise of “crazy-busy” product managers
April, 12 2019
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Pinterest and the value of focus and moving slowly
April, 12 2019
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Process pitfalls and how to avoid them
April, 2 2019
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Evaluate technologies and frameworks based on appropriateness, not newness
April, 2 2019
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How Spotify uses personas to make product decisions
March, 29 2019
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The point of product management is products, not frameworks and methodologies
March, 28 2019
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Five guiding principles for product managers
March, 28 2019
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Product, design, development… we’re in this together
March, 26 2019
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The value of product-specific internal wikis
March, 26 2019
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There are three types of PMs in the world…
March, 24 2019
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The value (and pitfalls) of process
March, 20 2019
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More on the need to slow experiences down for users
March, 20 2019
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“Growth hacking” is user-hostile and needs to stop
March, 19 2019
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Don’t have a separate “queue” for bug prioritization
March, 18 2019
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Good products from small companies are starting to break through in the enterprise
March, 17 2019
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How to make “product principles” more useful
March, 14 2019
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The value of adding a certain amount of friction to our products
March, 12 2019
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Learning depends on our grasp of what we’re doing well, not what we’re doing poorly
March, 11 2019
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The ideal balance between product building and marketing, and other advice from a product founder
March, 11 2019
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Why copying competitor features doesn’t work, and what to do instead
March, 9 2019
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When it’s appropriate to rewrite your software
February, 28 2019
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Accountability, tripwires, and other product management lessons learned on a failed project
February, 26 2019
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What I look for in product management software
February, 26 2019
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Software should be designed for teachability rather than learnability
February, 20 2019
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Podcast: why customer education should be a priority for all companies
February, 18 2019
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Companies have to get better at explaining the data behind personal recommendations
February, 16 2019
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When it comes to adding new features, slow and steady is usually best
February, 15 2019
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How to help teams focus, align, and start delivering at their potential
February, 14 2019
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Using Opportunity Solution Trees to focus on the product priorities that matter
February, 14 2019
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From product managers to product coaches
February, 12 2019
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What it means to “think like a PM”
February, 12 2019
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About
Rian van der Merwe is a writer who has produced content for elezea.com, elezea.com, and smashingmagazine.com
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Product Management, Product Managers, Product Manager, Social Media, Remote Work, Product Thinking, Product Principles, Product Growth, User Experience, Ambient Humanity
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