Basically yes, says Pablo Stanley.
In Summary: Pablo is a designer at Carbon Health and his illustrated post definitely ruffled a few feathers last week.
Taken at face value, it comes across as a familiar rant against interfering Product Managers who serve only to aggravate the hard-working engineers and designers who do the real work of developing product.
But, at the end, we discover that Pablo has a change of heart, realising the extent of the peripheral work necessary - organisational, administrative, managerial - to get the right product shipped at the right time.
Even the most self-organising Product Team acknowledges that magic doesn't just happen; it requires someone sweating the small stuff. This is work that most practitioners hate and which most are happy to let Product Managers take on.
From zero to hero, says BackChannel's Jessi Hempel.
In Summary: Chris Cox, Facebook's CPO, maintains a low profile most of the time. Like Jonny Ive, he doesn't need to explain himself so he rarely does. But in this rare(ish) interview he provides fascinating insight into what life was like for the Product Manager who launched one of the most famous features in history.
From shipping updates in the middle of the night (to manage server loads) and sleeping next to his computer to check error logs, Chris discusses the launch of Newsfeed, the rationale for doing so, why it flopped initially and how, by listening to customers and iterating fast, it was eventually embraced by what was then 'only' 10 million users.
Chris also sheds light on the role 'weak ties' play in the Newsfeed content - something not possible in the pre-FB era.
Context is key, says Pendo.io's John Cutler.
In Summary: Publishing almost exclusively to Medium, John is one of the most prolific writers of original Product Management content right now.
Experience is knowing what happens when theory meets practice and understanding what does and doesn't work. This post ( a summary of an email conversation John had with his team) encapsulates great insight borne from experience.
John highlights why considering your product's context is vital when evaluating advice and why experienced PMs understand the importance of co-ordinating different types of work in order to maintain the team's productivity.
What makes sense on paper doesn't always play out in real life - this is what makes an experienced PM such an asset to the team.
Quantum theory from ProductPlan's Andre Theus.
In Summary: In an ideal world, every item on your backlog would be easy to understand, would have earned its place and would be prioritised correctly. But, more often than not, backlogs are ever-expanding, disorganised lists that capture every thought anyone has ever had about your product.
Are you embarrassed if anyone sees your backlog? Do you avoid putting your best ideas on your backlog in case they disappear? Do some items have labels like 'Super-mega-hyper urgent?' Andre calls out 5 common signals that your backlog has become unmanageable and advises on the best ways to fix the small problems before they become big, black holes.
Effectively pruning and purging your backlog means you will be more productive, your backlog reviews will be more efficient and (ultimately) your product will be more successful.