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Lewis Smith (Entrepreneur & Developer/BodyTracker)
How to make amazing products. Super fun to read too.
Irina Marinescu (Product Manager & Co-Founder/Save Potatoes)
My favorite business book has to be by far Badass: Making Users Awesome by Kathy Sierra. It talks about building sustainable products by placing the customers’ success and user experience first instead of leaving all the work to the Sales and Marketing departments.
[Badass] puts the focus where it should when building products - on the customer. I’ve recently read a report talking about how the lifecycle of features has shortened significantly from 8-10 years to ~ 2 years after which users are not willing to pay anymore. It all comes back to the users, the real people, with real lives and how a certain product or service helps them feel better.
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Imagine you’re in a game with one objective: a bestselling product or service. The rules? No marketing budget, no PR stunts, and it must be sustainably successful. No short-term fads.
This is not a game of chance. It is a game of skill and strategy.
And it begins with a single question: given competing products of equal pricing, promotion, and perceived quality, why does one outsell the others?
The answer doesn’t live in the sustainably successful products or services. The answer lives in those who use them.
Our goal is to craft a strategy for creating successful users. And that strategy is full of surprising, counter-intuitive, and astonishingly simple techniques that don’t depend on a massive marketing or development budget. Techniques typically overlooked by even the most well-funded, well-staffed product teams.
Every role is a key player in this game. Product development, engineering, marketing, user experience, support—everyone on the team. Even if that team is a start-up of one. Armed with a surprisingly overlooked science and a unique POV, we can can reduce the role of luck. We can build sustainably successful products and services that rely not on unethical persuasive marketing tricks but on helping our users have deeper, richer experiences. Not just in the moments while they’re using our product but, more importantly, in the moments when they aren’t.