Design thinking double diamond from problem to solution
Design thinking double diamond from problem to solution

Imagine this scenario. A team member approaches you excitedly and says, “I just sat in this amazing sales meeting, and I have an idea for a new feature we have to build! You would click here and here, then be able to do this, and it would work like this!” Maybe your coworker is even drawing you a picture while they’re speaking to you. They finish off by asking, “So when can we have it?!” All the while your eyes are smiling, but you’re thinking, “Sh$t.”

First, take a deep breath. Product thinking is here to help.

Before we jump…


I recently had the pleasure of participating in Prod MBA’s Virtual Leadership Summit series. Hosted by Henry Latham, the first centered around product leadership, and the second focused on customer insights and data. Both Summits features interviews with 10+ inspiring product leaders. Each talk is centered around sharing tangible advice for helping product managers grow into effective product leaders.

Interview #1: Why Product Leadership is So Messy

In our 25 min interview Henry and I chat about:

  1. The messy nature of product management
  2. Tactics to get out of the “frenzy of work” in order to think strategically
  3. Advice on how to level-up your product skill set as a…

Note to readers: I originally wrote this post for CodeControl’s Future of Work blog in 2018. But, a lot has changed since then, and for the last 6 months most of the world has been working remotely. Therefore, I decided to revise and republish my advice for successfully navigating remote work as a product manager. I hope the tips help you and your team win!

I’ve been working with distributed teams for nearly 15 years, but my most challenging setup (yes, even when considering the pandemic) was in 2012. At the time I was in NYC working for a local…


Photo by Clark Tibbs on Unsplash
Photo by Clark Tibbs on Unsplash
Photo by Clark Tibbs on Unsplash

Five years ago I had a great opportunity to run an innovation project at a well-known financial institution. While I had several years of experience innovating within established organizations and flexing my intrepreneurial muscles, I was definitely not prepared for the challenges I would face.

But, my experience at the bank helped me grow as a product manager and as a champion for experimentation.

Regardless of whether you’re building a new product in stealth mode in a far corner of the office (like I was), or starting small by experimenting with your existing feature set, these 9 tips are for…

Merissa Silk

Hi, I’m Merissa. I have 10+ years of experience in digital product management in the US, Australia, and Germany.

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