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Product Ponder is a collection of few thought-provoking articles that have impacted the way I see product management. A lot of recycling happens in most of the articles we read, and I thought to share these that I find unique and intriguing.

Each article comes with a summary and my musings. I would also love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

Problem vs Solution by Marty Cagan.

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If you were going to read only one article out of the remaining, then this should be it.

This article dispels the false notion in product management that product discovery or ideas about what to build should be focused on the “problem space”, ignoring the “solution space”. …


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https://www.firstversions.com/2015/07/twitter.html

TL; DR An MVP is a litmus test for a demand validation.

MVP stands for Minimum Viable Product or Minimum Valuable Product, whichever you prefer is fine. Chances are that you heard about it and added it to your list of buzzwords not understanding what it entails as I did some years ago. Not to worry as my singular job here is to leave you not only having a good grip of what an MVP is but being able to apply what you will learn.

I intend to cover areas like:

  • What an MVP is not?
  • Why build an MVP?
  • How to go about building an MVP? …


Most people overcomplicate things when trying to explain what growth is. Growth is the entire process of how you take a prospective user from being aware of your product to becoming an evangelist, making use of a data-driven approach.

Growth can get complicated quickly if it isn’t measured (and visualized) to know what growth strategy is working. Funnels play a huge part in understanding growth. Thinking in terms of funnels will help with measuring growth and give you an in-depth view of how well your product is performing.

Funnel thinking is as easy as it gets. The key here is to think of this literally as a funnel because that is what it is. Imagine how a substance passes through a funnel from top to bottom. That is how your customers will ideally move. There is usually a starting point and a potential destination — which is where you so badly want them to get to. …


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Photo by Felix Mittermeier on Unsplash

Most Nigerians believe in luck so much that they delegate their future into its hand’s and go about their normal life. A typical example is voting for the wrong persons and expecting that our economy will magically turn around or not voting at all and hoping that we will have a prosperous country lead by good leaders.

How else can you explain that? Do countries accidentally become prosperous?

Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with believing in luck as long as it doesn’t hurt your chances. In fact, most of us believe in luck! Don’t we?

Luck is defined by many as when preparation meets opportunity and I agree with this definition to a large extent. That is because it points out the importance of preparation in being lucky. …


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theX logo

Life is full of discoveries. Full of unknowns. In algebra, we are always finding what is not known. Almost all of us will remember this popular phrase find the unknown which is almost always denoted with the letter x.

We picked it up and decided to name our community after the x which many of us spent time trying to obtain in those difficult algebra classes because we believe that like in algebra, we are still finding the unknown in something much more important — Our lives. Welcome to theX.

theX is a community of young people looking to find answers about questions they have about technology, the tech industry, how to build a career in tech, what is the whole fuss about tech and how tech affects them. It is a community of young people who want to learn, grow and have fun together. …

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Daniel Torkura

Product Scientist at Agant.

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