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Data Informed Product Management

Last month I was invited to give a talk at Google Campus and Product School. I talked about how product managers can use data to evaluate the health of our products, ship the right product or features and define a roadmap and strategy. But hey… not everything is about data.

It was a nice experience, not only for having the opportunity of sharing my passion but to meet other colleagues.

Check the presentation:

Bye bye 2015. Welcome 2016.

2015 is fading and within hours it will be history. It has been a great (and a hard) year. I have been able to fulfill most of my goals and challenges for this year and I feel really proud. My leg and back prevented me from running a 20k, and old resolution. But this is coming with me for this new year and this time I am pretty sure I will do it.

Lyon, Oporto, Scottish road trip, Finland, India, the beach… what an awesome year for traveling.  I have discovered new cultures, enjoyed beautiful places and known amazing people. I have taken notes and reflected on a lot of things I would like to share here sometime this new year. Especially my Indian adventure.

And music. A lot of concerts. A lot of festivals. Have you ever enjoyed a music festival? No? What are you waiting for? Primavera Sound, Lowcost Festival, Mulafest, FIZ… Sometimes the same groups, but never the same experience.

“To win, to win, to win… and to win again”. This is the well-known quote from Luis Aragonés, Atletico de Madrid former coach. For me, this year, it has been… “To learn, to learn, to learn… and to learn again”. Learning is non-negotiable. And regarding that, this year was totally worth it, not only professionally but personally.

Welcome 2016. Hope this year I can get the write habit-loop working. The read habit-loop is ongoing already. These have been my self-gifts (is this a word?) for this new year:

  • Team of Teams – General Stanley McChrystal
  • Misbehaving – Richard H Thaler
  • The Rise Of The Robots – Martin Ford
  • Red Notice – Bill Browder
  • Work Rules! – Laszlo Bock
  • How to Fly a Horse – Kevin Ashton
  • El mundo de Sofía  – Joseph Gaarder
  • Drive – Daniel Pink
  • Thing Explainer – Randall Munroe
  • Habibi & Blankets – Craig Thompson
  • The Arrival – Shaun Tan
  • Insight Out: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and Into the World – Tina Seelig

And I have taken up again my PhD studies.

Bye bye 2015, and thank you. Welcome 2016, and bring it on.

I’ve been hacked

This personal page has been hacked. I have restored the last backup but I lost a lot of things. I am trying to recover them one by one. Unfortunately, my latest posts are gone forever :(.

Probably this is the work of a script kiddie that enjoys exploiting a WordPress vulnerability or similar. I really don’t understand the purpose of this. A game for him, a lot of hours lost for me. But not everything is negative, I learnt something: work on your site security, even if it is just a personal page.

There is no perfect security, but I have to make them harder. My fault.


On not writing

It’s been a few months since my last post. I admire people who have the gall to blog often. I really do. When I started this personal page I had the impulse of doing the same. I wanted to develop the habit of writing. But this is harder than I thought it would be. While it felt good at the beginning I felt that the quality of those posts was low.

When you develop a product you can start building a MVP (Minimum Viable Product) and then improve it. Iterating and pivoting based on your customers feedback to get a polished end product. Trying to use this model with writing is not easy. Well, if you do it you are writing a book, not a blog. I have several posts on going but without readers your motivation is quickly vanquished.

These past months have been chaotic in my life and this has not helped either. But I feel the need motivation of writing again. I am leaving for India in some days. This could be a new reboot (not only Fantastic Fours gets reboots) for this blog :).