Braud & Co

You see, this cinnamon bun was nothing I was craving for when I entered Braud & Co Reykjavik bakery on a gloomy June afternoon. However, it has become everything that I ever needed and wanted. At least that’s what I thought and felt. Shortly after, I came back for another one (calories? what calories?!). …


These days, it is commonly accepted to refer to a Product Manager as a mini-CEO of the product. In that sense, you are responsible for all the failures and successes of the product, just like a CEO is held responsible for the failures and successes of their business. Sounds pretty straightforward and empowering until you do a reality check. No matter how many times this mantra is repeated, you are not a CEO (unless you are, in which case you might be a founder/co-founder), not even close to being one. What’s unfortunate, however, is that this is not a popular…


A short list of resources to get you in the PM mindset

Updated May 2, 2021

It has been almost four years since I published the original article. This post turned out to be more valuable than I anticipated as it was shared with the aspiring and new product managers many times, in different contexts. I’ve been using it when mentoring and coaching PMs, and most recently, other folks started referring to it.

While most of the resources mentioned here are still relevant, there has been a significant increase in interest and demand in product management which, naturally, introduced more resources. Just consider this stat — PM roles in the US went…


When it comes to product management, rookies and seasoned veterans often share one thing in common: they are responsible for successful products yet don’t have authority over individual contributors. To be effective, product managers must learn to influence, and therefore must learn to become leaders. The evolution is one of the most challenging, impactful and satisfying journeys you could ever take. Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach and everyone’s experience and circumstances differ, there are some guidelines you can follow. …


Working on enterprise products isn’t always glamorous. When most people think about ‘enterprise,’ they immediately imagine a stuffy atmosphere, cubicles, terrible user interfaces, lack of innovation, and TPS reports. Some (okay, most) of these are true, but there’s a lot more to it. In fact, I think that designing and building solutions for business is in many ways more exciting than building consumer products, not to mention the challenges and learning opportunities that come with the territory. By the end of this article, I think you’ll see the tremendous upside of enterprise product management.

The majority of the products we…


Or The Kindness of Two Strangers

It was December 26, the day after Christmas, in Copenhagen, where I, a San Diego resident, somewhat randomly decided to spend my holiday season. I arrived with a thirst for adventure and spent two incredible days exploring this beautiful city I would soon be leaving behind me to visit my parents in the south of Russia.

Viking Land welcomed me on Christmas eve with biting cold, a “lovely” Danish breeze blowing the glasses off my face, pouring rain and deserted streets. I don’t usually tend to trust my first impression, but on that particular evening, I had some…

Katerina

On product, careers, and tech. Occasional ramblings on innovation and design. Currently GPM@15Five and career coach at https://katerinasuchkova.com

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