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Rian van der Merwe
Product manager (by ) • Author of ‘Making It Right’ () • Topics: product dev, tech, email nerdery, internet culture.
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Rian van der Merwe 11h
This whole thread about Jack’s meditation thing is good, but especially this point.
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Rian van der Merwe Dec 7
Replying to @cnagele
Definitely JIRA.
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Rian van der Merwe Dec 7
Replying to @RianVDM
For me, the most interesting and challenging part of all this is what Natalie refers to as “healthy pressure” in that interview. How do we push ourselves and keep ourselves accountable without getting stressed out? That’s something we continue to figure out as we go.
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Rian van der Merwe Dec 7
In this interview talks about our move to 4-day work weeks at . If you’re skeptical about this idea, check it out!
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Rian van der Merwe Dec 6
Replying to @beerlington
Look if there’s one thing 2019 needs it’s more tooting sounds.
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Rian van der Merwe Dec 6
Great definition of product manager competence, from : “Deep knowledge of your users and customers; deep knowledge of the data that’s generated about your product; deep knowledge of your industry; and deep knowledge of how your business works.”
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Rian van der Merwe Dec 6
“Your job as a designer is to support all people. Make sure none of their incredible voices get lost. Fight against those who see that brilliant cacophony as a bug and not the greatest feature of all time.”
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Rian van der Merwe Dec 5
“Social media diets can make a particular impact in this regard because the platforms give the illusion of connectedness and not true connectedness.”
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Rian van der Merwe Dec 5
This is the kind of premise that is usually lightweight and cheesy, but this one is really good. Think of it as “What business teams can learn from bands”, but actually interesting and useful.
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Rian van der Merwe Dec 5
Replying to @RianVDM
In most cases, a product manager prescribing a solution is more hurtful than helpful. Define the customer issue well, and help guide the solution through feedback. That’s the sweet spot.
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Rian van der Merwe Dec 5
Over time I’ve started to realize that as a product manager, I need to spend way more time on helping our team develop a deep, shared understanding of the customer issues we’re addressing, than on prescribing a solution.
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Rian van der Merwe Dec 5
Since you linked to his book before, I thought you'd like 's new post:
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Rian van der Merwe Dec 5
This deep-dive on the typography (and more) of WALL•E by is everything you want it to be, and more.
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Rian van der Merwe Dec 5
This is an *excellent* intro to data science.
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Fanny Krebs Dec 5
Such a cool idea! - Check out WHO'S SHE? - a guessing game about extraordinary women! by Playeress on
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Rian van der Merwe Dec 3
Participants reported feeling “the need to fill all the empty moments in their lives with some activity to avoid boredom or downtime. This behavior fills the ‘silence’ in a figurative way — people use their devices to keep their minds constantly occupied.”
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Rian van der Merwe Dec 3
This whole post is crazy but I’m stuck on the fact that brands pay “influencers” to produce negative reviews of their competitors’ products.
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Rian van der Merwe Dec 3
“The no-phones policy illuminated something about smartphone use that’s hard to see when it’s so ubiquitous: our phones drain the life out of a room.”
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Rian van der Merwe Dec 2
Replying to @shawnroos
It is possibly my only worthwhile contribution to society.
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Rian van der Merwe Dec 2
This is your yearly reminder that I maintain a Christmas playlist for people who don’t like Christmas music.
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