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Do > Show > Explain

  • Challenging products must EXPLAIN how something is done (think Photoshop). This is the least effective way to engage new users.
  • One step better is SHOWING. The advent of tool-tips or mini-animations that demonstrate how something is done.
  • But the absolute best hook in the first mile of a user experience is DOING things proactively for the user. Think templates that make users feel successful from the start, as well as presumptuous defaults that present options users are most likely to want.


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Conviction > Consensus

Conviction > Consensus

Decisions based on consensus typically end up with an ordinary outcome because by seeking to please everyone, you boil your options down to their lowest common denominator: whatever option is most familiar to the most people. When working in a group, innovators must be willing to be the f...


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Build your narrative before your product

The narrative is the story of what you’re building in the context of why it matters.

  • What inspired the idea?
  • Why does it need to exist?
  • What makes it relevant?
  • How does it make the future better?


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The role of product onboarding

Prime your audience to the point where they know: 

  • Why they’re there 
  • What they can accomplish 
  • What to do next

For any product with aggressive growth aspirations more than 30% of your energy should ...


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Internal Marketing: Promote Plans & Progress

The best leaders of productive teams are the ones coming up with clever ways to get their colleagues to act:

  • Promote plans, through graphic representation of milestones, a communications campaign that repeats goals or time-bound declarations like Pinterest’s “Year ...


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scott belsky

"The most common decision is to not make a decision yet."



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Make one subtraction for every addition. Be the editor of your product.

The paradox of product success is that when you focus on pleasing your most engaged users, you stop engaging new ones. The sad reality—and the opportunity for start-ups—is that most established products take their large user bases for granted and fail to maintain simplicity over time.



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DRI & Delegate, Entrust, Debrief

Adam D’Angelo, the founder of Quora, has advocated for every project having a “DRI”—a Directly Responsible Individual—whom the entire team knows to go to and rely on for that particular area. Things leaders must do to make sure DRIs are effective:

  • #delegate:


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scott belsky

"The best advice doesn’t instruct—it provokes"



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Don’t give those resistant to change false hope

When you make a bold decision that changes your strategy and the day-to-day responsibilities of your team, your job is to foster alignment. The most effective way of communicating this vision was to declare it. Not blunting the blow with a narrative that made the changes sound less drastic.


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Tim Ferris Cutting Method

Tim Ferris Cutting Method

“The question that I find most helpful to ask is [when asking people to read my drafts]:

If you had to keep 10% , which 10% percent would you keep, and if you had to, absolutely had to cut 10%, which 10% would you cut?

The interpretation:

It only requires one vo...


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Hook for the first 30 sec ⏱️: laziness, vanity, & selfishness

The lazy-vain-selfish principle is true for all kinds of first product experiences:

In the first 30 seconds, your visitors are lazy in the sense that they have no extra time to invest in something they don’t know. They are vain


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Alignment over process

As the team grows, misalignment happens: deadlines are missed, communication is inconsistent etc. Process is how we force alignment when it doesn’t happen naturally: Check-ins, organisational diagrams, approval processes etc. But process can slow down progress, because people don...


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