David Tuite

David Tuite

Written by David Tuite who is a product manager at Workday and used to be a software engineer. You should follow him on Twitter

Modern marketing ideas from 1923

June 19, 2019

My Life in Advertising is an autobiography from the inventor of modern marketing techniques, Claude Hopkins. It was published in 192…

Measure What Matters

May 30, 2019

Measure What Matters by John Doerr is a guide to introducing and using Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) in organizations, interspersed…

Guidelines for stakeholder communication

May 28, 2019

Read a couple of product management job descriptions and you will quickly get the message that “excellent communication” is a requirement in…

What is product management?

May 18, 2019

Have you ever been at a dinner party when someone asks what you do for a living? It used to be one of my most dreaded questions. I love…

January 2019 OKR Review

January 28, 2019

My new year’s resolution this year is to track my personal goals using the Objectives and Key Results methodology. In an effort to hold…

Product Roadmaps Relaunched: Chapter 7 Notes

January 19, 2019

Why prioritization is crucial Opportunity cost You cannot do everything at once so you must be sure to get the most important things done…

Radical Focus Notes

January 09, 2019

The following is my personal notes on Christina Wodtke’s excellent book on Objectives and Key Results [ Amazon ] Why we can’t get things…

How to be strategic

January 06, 2019

A review of this article by Julie Zhuo . Julie used to think that being strategic meant setting metric goals or “Thinking outside the box…

Indie Hackers Podcast Notes. Andy Cook of Tettra

January 01, 2019

Andy Cook is a cofounder of Tettra . Andy was interviewed on the Indie Hackers podcast . Tettra is a knowledge sharing system for growing…

The hidden cost of mediocre internal tools

December 13, 2018

I’ve written previously about the reasons that tools developed internally at your company should be good enough to get the job done and no…

Product Roadmaps Relaunched: Chapter 4 Notes

December 09, 2018

A product vision should be about having an impact on the lives of the people your product serves, as well as on your organization. Your…

Product Roadmaps Relaunched: Chapter 5 Notes

December 09, 2018

Identifying customer needs is the most important aspect of your roadmapping process. Roadmaps should be about expressing those customer…

Product Roadmaps Relaunched: Chapter 6 Notes

December 09, 2018

This chapter explores the role of the following secondary roadmap components: Features and solutions Stage of development Confidence Target…

Product Roadmaps Relaunched: Chapter 3

December 01, 2018

Before you make the roadmap, you must collect all of the relevant information and context that you need to make good product decisions. Only…

Product Roadmaps Relaunched: Chapter 1 Notes

November 11, 2018

Definitions A product is how you deliver value to your organization’s customers. Even an experience like a Broadway play counts…

Product Roadmaps Relaunched: Chapter 2 Notes

November 11, 2018

A document that can effectively rally people around a plan needs to be more than just a list of features and dates. It needs to tell the…

a16z Podcast Notes

October 26, 2018

A continually updated set of notes on episodes of the a16z podcast. I don’t listen to all the episodes, and when I do I don’t always make…

9 Principles of excellent product roadmaps

October 26, 2018

Roadmaps should be myopic . Planning too far ahead is a sure way to be proven wrong. 6 months is a sensible maximum horizon. Roadmaps should…

Anatomy of a roadmap planning fail

September 22, 2018

I went through a roadmap planning cycle where I learned a valuable lesson about how to present a vision to the team in a way which allows…

Attributes of good deployment tools

September 19, 2018

I’ve spent the last 3 years of my working life on deployment tools, both building them personally and then product managing on teams who…

Product managers are products too

September 04, 2018

Notes on this article . I’ve added some personal thoughts which may be very specific to my set of circumstances. Because product managers…

Real developers don't use UIs

August 13, 2018

Notes and comments on this article by Micah Linnemeier. At first glance, CLIs appear to be worse than UIs in almost every way. Feature CLI…

Managing Product Managers

August 13, 2018

Disclaimer time! I’ve never managed product managers but I have been managed by a manager of product managers and I’ve spent probably too…

Why does internal corporate software suck?

July 12, 2018

I came across this article titled Why does internal corporate software suck? It laments the sad state of internal software and…

4 ways to know your engineering team is siloed

June 30, 2018

We all know silos in agile engineering teams are something to avoid but can you walk into a brand new team and recognize them immediately…

The simple value of writing down the problem

June 09, 2018

Value 1: It keeps everyone on the same page How many times have you been in a meeting discussing a solution or a status update and the…

Get to the value!

October 17, 2017

Scenario A Consider the following method of building 4 features with 4 engineers. Each engineer works on one feature alone. Working this way…

Product Manager: Level 2

July 05, 2017

After 6 months in my new role as a Product Manager, I feel like I’ve had an epiphany and discovered a new level of value I can add to my…

Affordances on the web

June 27, 2017

Reading the latest edition of The Design of Everyday Things , I came across the terms affordance for the first time. I realize I’m a…

Dealing with distant future work items

June 27, 2017

Question If a Story in the backlog is something you’d like to work on one day, but that day is definitely not in the next 12 months — does…

Tasks vs Stories vs Spikes

May 12, 2017

Imagine you and I work at a furniture workshop. We build furniture out of wood and place it in a showroom out the front where customers can…

Should we story point our tasks?

May 11, 2017

What are story points? Before we properly consider whether or not we should put story points on tasks, we need to learn what story points…