When I joined Fave as a new product manager, I was eager to understand how the team's product processes work. I met with each product manager and asked them how they do it. What surprised me initially was that they all followed different processes.
Educatly is a platform for young people to find their study abroad opportunity of their dreams. At this time, we wanted to make use of our engaged users to bring referrals to the platform. We were ready to incentivize this by offering monetary compensation for successful referrals. What we did not have were engineers to build an end-to-end referral system.
For the past years, I have always been very reflective after one year in a job as this would usually be the time when I would move out of a role in a new one. I would think about the previous year, all the fuck-ups I had, how I’d grown, and what I would need to improve going into the new role.
If you’re familiar with Jake Knapp’s (of Google Venture fame) framework of the Design Sprint (as described in the book of The Sprint), you will know that it’s a highly effective tool to quickly produce solutions to vague problem-sets.