Articles by Brandon Chu
- Managing and Developing Product Managers
Brandon covers 3 frameworks for managing product managers: 1) A mental model for managing PMs that adopts an investor's mindset. Give PMs the freedom to make decisions, but hold them accountable and coach them toward the end result. 2) Developing PMs by constructing the appropriate scope for them 3) Assessing PM performance in a balanced and repeatable way
- Product Management Mental Models for Everyone
Brandon covers 16 frameworks across 3 categories: 1) Figuring out Where to Invest 2) Designing and Scoping 3) Shipping and Iterating
- The First Principles of Product Management
Brandon describes the two primary first principles of product management: 1) maximize impact to the mission and 2) accomplish everything through others. These two principles can then be combined together to drive product strategy.
- Ruthless Prioritization
Brandon's prioritization framework focuses on the I and E in RICE - impact and effort, which can be divided by one another to produce ROI. After ROI is calculated, constraints like dependencies, timelines, and team composition can be applied. Brandon also describes how small items (like bugs) are too high in volume to run a rigorous process, so they should receive quick and sometimes chaotic analyses.
- Applying Leverage as a Product Manager
Brandon explains where product vision fits into the product pyramid, and how it provides leverage to other activities: vision > strategy > scope > backlog