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Why the unsung features of great products make those products great

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As a product guy, I love product features that make me go “Wow, I don’t believe they thought of that.”

But it’s never the primary features of the product that make me say that. It’s the little things that seem obvious when you use them (“Of course the iPod should stop playing a track when you pull out the earphones!”)

Those little things are the hallmarks of great products. And they are the hallmark of great product managers, too. 

Some examples:

  • Facebook Ads: They provide a library of photos from Shutterstock to advertisers at no additional charge. And use of the photos is seamlessly integrated into the campaign creation workflow (Twitter, are you listening? :)
  • Evernote’s Chrome Plugin: Does a great job at guessing which Notebook and Tags I’d want to use for a given web clipping
  • Gmail: Tells you if you may have forgot to attach a file to your email
  • Amazon Subscribe and Save: Gives me ample warning if I want to cancel my shipment
  • Trello: Too many to list :) Since I have to pick one I’ll say making a checklist automatically if you write a checklist-like card description

If you can work “little” features like these into your product you can take a pretty darn good product and make it amazing.

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Written by John Gannon

June 19, 2014 at 3:32 pm

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My new job in product management

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Good news to report today!

Next week I’m starting a new job at my current employer but within a different business unit. Specifically, I’m going into a product management role where I will be focused on defining and building solutions for display advertisers.

I’ve had a fun run over the last couple of years learning the Big Data analytics space and Hadoop ecosystem, and have had the privilege of working with a great team of colleagues, customers, and partners.  But it was the right time to move on and take on a new challenge, so here we are!

I find that job changes are always a great reason for people to reconnect with their network, so please ping me if you are interested in learning more about what I’m working on or if you’re thinking about your own career and where to take it. I’m always very interested in helping people think through their careers and finding work they love.

Thanks for reading and looking forward to hearing from you.

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Written by John Gannon

February 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm

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