How to manage a small team using Trello

This is part 2 of my productivity and time management framework. Read part 1 here.

We have a small, 4-person, part-time, distributed team at Chou Force. Because we never meet in the same physical location, it’s incredibly difficult to stay aligned about company objectives.

I have therefore created a simple, light-weight process that utilizes Trello to set company objectives, align team members, and only requires 1-hour of online meeting time per week.

This is how we do it.

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How to discover what a user needs

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The following question comes from Samantha from the Product School community on Slack:

How do you interact with your actual end users? I believe information as well as emotion always gets diluted when it gets passed on. So if there wasn’t a way for you to actually get on a call with them, what medium would you use to know what your end users actually want?

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I’m removing Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram from my mobile. Will you join me?

Over the past 10 years, I have secretly obsessed over time management and productivity. When it comes to work output, I’m usually the team member that can produce the most amount of work with the least amount of time invested — perhaps Stephen Johnson was the only person to ever beat me in productive output.

I’m now in the process of consolidating all of my learnings into a framework that can work for anyone. I’d love to try my framework on you. Will you join me?

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Time management for Product Managers (70-20-10 rule)

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The following question comes from David from the PMHQ community on Slack:

How do you manage your time as a Product Manager? When should I focus on short term products and features vs long term experiments that are risky but that may have a great impact on the company?

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Do you need to know how to code to be a Product Manager?

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The following question comes from Vaibhav from the Product School Slack Community:

Did you learn technical skills on your own? Or you do not need those as a Product Manager?

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Product growth analysis of Headspace

Today we’ll conduct a product growth analysis of Headspace, a mobile app in the meditation and wellness space. According to Wikipedia, Headspace has over 6 million users (as of 2016).

That’s quite a good number. Let’s see if we can discover ways for Headspace to improve their growth through product-driven efforts.

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Product Discovery analysis of Redbooth

There are 4 phases to a player’s journey for your product:

  1. Discovery: how a player learns about your product
  2. On-boarding: how a player signs up and learns how to use your product
  3. Scaffolding: the period when a player uses what they learned during on-boarding to achieve as many Win-States as possible
  4. Endgame: the period when a player has done everything at least once and there are no longer unexplored Win-States

In this article, we will analyze the Discovery Phase of Redbooth, a product in a highly competitive market: the project management/team collaboration market.

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Dashboard human-focused redesign of Bluehost

Bluehost has been good to me for the past 10 years. I use them for junloayza.com and many of my other sites because they have absolutely terrific customer support.

However, to be brutally honest, their product is incredibly difficult to use because they lack a human-focused design approach. In particular, their login dashboard is tremendously confusing–I’m completely lost every time I log in.

So, to thank Bluehost for their 10 years of great service to me, I’ve decided to make some suggestions for their login dashboard by taking a human-focused design approach.

The following is my thought process and recommendations for a human-focused redesign.

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