4 Mistakes Product Managers Make When Brainstorming Ideas

One of the most important skills that we practice in Product Manager Nation is how to brainstorm ideas. Brainstorming sessions are incredibly important in the discovery stage of the product development process. Not only do these sessions uncover new product ideas but they also boost team moral.

A successful brainstorming session can generate hundreds of product / feature ideas in less than 30 minutes.

Unfortunately, a lot of brainstorming sessions fail to live up to its full potential because of these 4 mistakes: 

-Group is too small
-Ideas are prematurely disqualified
-Wrong brainstorming tool
-“How” mindset instead of “What” mindset

The Product Manager vs Project Manager

What’s the Difference between Product Manager vs Project Manager? A Product Manager decides what the product should do. A Project Manager manages the process of building the product. If a Product Manager were a movie director, the Project Manager would be the movie producer. The movie director comes up with a vision of the movie and works with a team … Read More

What’s a Typical Product Manager Salary?

In this essay, I’ll share with you typical ranges for a Product Manager salary, how it compares with an engineer’s salary, and a few resources you can use to do more research. The typical Product Manager salary range is between $110,000 – $130,000 USD per a year. This is assuming you have 3-5 years of experience and live in a … Read More

What is Product Management?

Whenever I teach an “Introduction to Product Management” class, I always get asked: “What is Product Management?” Product Management is common job function inside a software company. People who have this job are called Product Managers. You can think of Product Managers like movie directors, but for software. A movie director decides what the movie is all about and gives … Read More

4 Lessons I Learned Designing NASA’s 1st iPhone App

In 2009, I was put in charge of designing the NASA App — NASA’s first app ever designed for the iPhone. Their vision was to “deliver fresh NASA content on a daily basis to people’s pockets.” We all had high expectations — and were still blown away by the response. The NASA app has been downloaded over 10 million times since we … Read More