In Defense of Pie Charts
In the world of data analysis, there are few things more reviled than the pie chart. Among "serious" data people, it is at best trivial and naive, and at worst downright evil. I do not agree with this. The pie chart is simple, but that is its beauty. It does exactly one thing and it does it well - it shows you how much different parts contribute to a whole. This isn't the only question you ever have about your data, but when it's the question you do have, the pie chart is perfect. That is not evil, it is not naive. It is data visualization doing what it should - taking something large and abstract and saying something simple about it that your brain can easily internalize.
Why Every Employee Needs Access to Behavioral Analytics
Every employee in your organization already knows how to make smart decisions based on behavioral analytics. They choose their Netflix movies using a sophisticated algorithm, they connect with new Facebook friends based on a cohort analysis, and they make Amazon purchases by leveraging a recommendation engine.
Top Analytical Skills Every Product Manager Needs in 2018
Product managers are modern-day Renaissance women and men. To be successful, PM's must have a solid understanding of the various disciplines in order to inspire and lead a team of disparate skill sets and personality types through the turmoil of product development to a victorious launch.
App Engagement Metrics Every Advertiser Should Care About
In 2017, you are more likely to win the lottery than to click on a display ad. Despite this fact, some advertisers still measure the success of their display ads using the CTR (clickthrough rate) metric—and by doing so, they're ruining customer experience with bad advertising.
6 Essential Mental Models for Product Managers
A problem comes up and you—a PM—think that you know how to deal with it. You throw on your usual sauce and step back. You do the same for the next problem, and the next. But the thing is—you're not getting the results you want. Your shortcuts are actually cutting important corners.
The Genius of Juicero: What Really Happened
If you've heard the story of Juicero, you know all about the overpriced juice machine that raised $120 million in funding and claimed to have the pressing force to lift two Teslas, only to be publicly humiliated when people found out the juice could be pressed by simply squeezing the pack with their hands.
How We Built Our No-Jerk Culture
Some jerks never ask questions. They don’t ask how your day is going. They don’t ask for your input on a project. They certainly don’t ask you for permission to eat your yogurt in the office fridge that clearly had your name written on the label. These jerks have an obvious deleterious effect on morale.