We’re back with part 7 of Overheard in Product—a series where we round up all of the tantalizing conversations from product folks that you may have missed on the web last week.
Let’s get to it.
Forget the formalities
Product Manager Dr. Donna Malayeri made waves when she demystified the relationship between formal degrees and success in tech.
Dr. Malayeri has a PhD herself, and in follow up comments she championed the idea of using her role to point out biases in hiring, revise job postings to be more inclusive, and mentoring folks.
Food for thought: What are some other prerequisites in product roles that aren’t actually necessary?
Don’t script where you eat
Food for thought: Since we’re brainstorming, what would you call it?
Bet(ter) way to work
Senior Product Manager Ha Phan reframed product decisions as bets, and the result is more certainty with the chosen path.
In the thread, she also says, “Articulating trade offs enables you to clearly state the why behind your priorities.”
Food for thought: In what other ways could reframing decisions as bets help?
UX designer Niki Holt drew a line directly from data visualization to UX.
I think this is particularly helpful in enterprise product design. It reminded me of this article by Christie Lenneville.
Food for thought: When does it make sense to transition from traditional UX to bringing in other design disciplines?
Bonus: In Memoriam Oppy
Last week, the 14 year-old Mars Rover named Opportunity (Oppy for short), was officially announced as unrecoverable.
Oppy persisted well beyond its originally planned 3-month mission. To celebrate, Vox shared some stunning photos Oppy had taken since landing on Mars in 2004.
That self portrait at the end made me emotional. But my coworkers reminded me to look on the bright side.
So remember, Opp is so badass. Space is badass. And you are badass.