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Community Wisdom: Home video setup, celebrating the end of a big project, interview questions to discover jerks, dealing with an ever-changing roadmap, announcing new features, and more

Lenny Rachitsky
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Your home video setup

  • Recommended ROI for camera, mic, and lighting
    • Razer Kiyo Streaming Webcam (camera + lighting)
    • Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam (video)
    • Blue Yeti USB Mic (audio)
    • Neewer 2 Packs Dimmable (lighting)

Celebrating the end of a big project

  • 100% appropriate to send gifts to your teammates/co-workers to ritualize success

Interview questions to discover jerks

  • Ask about a time they were wrong, and how they handled it to give a sense of their level of humility & ability to admit mistakes
  • How would your current or past co-workers describe you?
  • How did they handle delivering some bad news to their team?
  • How did they handle conflicts within the team?
  • How would they deal with a nonperforming team member?
  • What factor has luck played in your success?

Dealing with an ever-changing roadmap

  • Address your concerns and explains why you believe this is bad to do
  • Listen to the responsible CEOs’ point of view as well and see if you can find consent
  • Ask the CEO
    • What did they like about the idea?
    • How does it connect to strategy or general company survival?
    • What's the damage of not doing it now?
    • What are the CEO’s assumptions regarding success/damage?
    • Who is the stakeholder?
    • Talk to that stakeholder and ask the same questions

How to announce new features

  • Think of what types of navigation mistake your users will make
  • Put a very concise in-app message for existing users
  • Listen to people actively voicing their negative opinions through feedback channels but also recruiting 'normal' users to get a more balanced feel of what the overall picture is for your customer base
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