Bookmarks Week 14/2023

Chiara Aliotta introduces on Smashing Magazine the five steps of digital storytelling that lead to a successful and memorable user experience. Storytelling is more than just another business buzzword. It is an exciting and strategic approach with rules and clear principles that, when used well, can help brands stand out from the crowd with a clear message and a user-centric approach. It’s an essential skill that designers should embrace, no matter their specialization or profile.

How to design your product with powerful storytelling

An older article but great to read it again. Brandon Chu on Medium writes about first principles and product management. First principles are “a basic, foundational proposition or assumption that cannot be deduced from any other proposition or assumption.” The first principles of product management can be reduced to: Maximize impact to the mission: develop a product strategy that maximizes the impact to an organization’s mission given a set of inputs. Accomplish everything through others: PMs do not directly build or operate the product, instead they enable those around them to do it better.

The first principles of product management

Asia Martin writes on Insider about the current lay-offs in Silicon Valley. As companies like Google, Facebook, and Salesforce grew into the giants they are today, they seemed to defy gravity — making money hand-over-fist, even as they pampered their employees with perks that seemed too good to be true, such as massages, Ping-Pong tables, and free food. Now, things are changing. Companies have let go of around 100,000 employees already this year, more than half of what they shed in 2022. Companies like Google, Meta, Microsoft, and Amazon shed over 50,000 jobs in total, with all companies claiming that they over-hired during the height of the pandemic.

Tech companies spoiled workers for decades. Now layoffs are bringing them down to Earth

Karina Sabatier writes on Medium about what a product manager should look like. Product management and being a product manager is a truly wonderful and diverse job experience. You get to meet amazing people, learn something valuable every day. You activate both your analytical and creative skills. But you’ll also get a lot of punches along the way. Here are several questions you should ask yourself before considering a Product Management career.

Are you strong enough to be a product manager