Today, upstarts compete with incumbents not on the basis of distribution or marketing spend but product and the customer experience. The companies that win are the ones that build the best products—that can out-execute everyone around them solely on the basis of the customer experience they create.
Early in my career as a product manager, I remember being introduced to the process of user research in a way that made it seem like a monumental undertaking.
Having a set of reliable mental models to call upon to make decisions is perhaps the most powerful thing product managers can do to improve their skills.
Maintaining your agility while simultaneously making the product development process predictable is one of the biggest challenges any product leader faces.
It was about a year ago that we realized:
- we were failing at this, and
- our laissez-faire, do-what-you-will take on project management was the culprit.
This was hard for us to accept because our lack of rigid project management was exactly what had allowed us to build a great product in the first place. As time went on and both our team and product grew, the project management philosophy that once propelled us ahead had begun to slow us down.
Happy October! In this product update, you will find information on:
- New Features
- 45-Day Free Trial of Amplitude SQL
- Dashboards: Public Links
- Paste CSVs in Dropdowns and Select All
- Event Volume Quota Metrics
- Behavioral Cohorts: Property Sum
- Event Segmentation: Outlier Detection
- Feature Improvements
- Event Segmentation: Configurable Period-over-Period
- Engagement Matrix: Where and Group By Filters
- Improved Save Chart UX
- SDK Updates
- Product Analytics Playbook: Mastering Retention
- Amplitude Online Seminar Series
It’s easy to see hiring as a cure to many scaling ills.
Most organizations that start hiring to build out the product team have not exhausted the potential on their current team. They’re missing a huge opportunity right in front of them. Growing your team from within is harder and requires more effort, but I believe it also helps you build a fundamentally stronger team in the long-run.