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Productive transparency in online communities: Inspiration from trains and IKEA

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The Japanese train system is famously fast, clean, friendly, and efficient. On the drive home from my first day back at Google I was reminded of why as I listened to the 99% Invisible podcast episode โ€œWait wait … tell me!โ€. Iโ€™ll give you the tl;dr summary of the story and explain some connections I made to product development for online communities that got me so in my head I missed my exit for the 405. Keep Reading...

My Year in Review, 2019

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This is my own year-in-review. What started as a dumb tweet has become a blog post because I’m between jobs. Enjoy! My 2019: ๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ Film - Society (1989) ๐ŸŽถ Song - Sandwich, Marco Minnemann (2016) ๐Ÿ’ฝ Record - In the Court of the Crimson King (50th anniversary) King Crimson (2019) ๐Ÿ“š Book - Our Mathematical Universe, Max Tegmark (2014) ๐ŸŽฎ Game - Untitled Goose (2019) ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Podcast - SYSK (2008-2019) Keep Reading...

Reflections on Stack Overflow: Building Successful Communities

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Today is my last day at Stack Overflow. For most of this year, I was the lead product manager for their flagship product, public Q&A. In my last couple of weeks there, I spent some time reflecting on what I have learned and how my perspectives as a product leader matured. As someone deeply invested in building open developer communities, I continue to refine my opinions about how to approach building community-facing products. Keep Reading...

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