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  • Do you like LinkedIn's endorsements feature?

    February 26, 2020 by

    I’m preparing for product management interviews. I’ll publish some of my case practice here on the blog. The following is based on a practice question given by Lewis Lin in his book Decode and Conquer. For this exercise, let’s assume that:— I’m applying for a senior-level (equivalent to Google’s L6) product management role at a… Read more

  • Design Scorecard: a framework for giving feedback

    February 24, 2020 by

    This is a framework to use when you’re looking at a proposed solution to a well-defined design problem, and your goal is to provide feedback so that the solution can be improved. A typical scenario would be a design critique meeting in which the designer in charge of a problem is showing recent work and… Read more

  • How to frame a product design problem: the SSUN framework

    February 21, 2020 by

    I’m preparing for product management interviews. Like all PMs I love frameworks, and a fun thing about interview prep is that I get to quickly try out lots of frameworks and even invent new ones where what’s out there isn’t working for me. A popular framework for product design cases is Lewis Lin’s CIRCLES Method.… Read more

  • What's a linchpin?

    February 19, 2020 by

    I always assumed that a linchpin was something like the brooch that holds a cloak together at the chest or neck. Which kinda makes sense given the colloquial usage in which a linchpin is the thing that holds it all together — the sine qua non. But it turns out that a linchpin is something… Read more

  • The ambiguity problem

    February 17, 2020 by

    The ambiguity problem is an obstacle — one of many — to the effective pursuit of truth.  Humans often disagree. Sometimes the disagreers are people who want to agree, and try to agree, but they fail. This happens a lot. John Nerst joked that 82% of the internet is people arguing, and the rest is… Read more

  • Critical thinking and critical feeling

    February 17, 2020 by

    From Eric Weinstein on his podcast episode with Jocko Willink: Just as it’s important to think critically — to evaluate ideas before accepting them as true —, it’s also important to feel critically: to evaluate feelings before accepting the color they put on the world. Also. There are limits to the value that can be… Read more

  • Disambiguating expected likelihood of discrete outcomes

    February 15, 2020 by

    I’ve been writing about disambiguation techniques. Here’s another one. This one applies when the question cannot be disambiguated into a continual variable. Suppose Adam and Bob and a bunch of friends live in a house together. They all enjoy living together and hope to continue for a long time to come. But a complication has… Read more

  • Comparing disambiguated views

    February 12, 2020 by

    I’ve been writing about disambiguation and the high-dimensionality of superficially low-dimensional phenomena like abortion.  The continuum from pro-life to pro-choice can be visualized as a single dimension.  But it’s probably more helpful to think of one’s position on abortion as high-dimensional. It’s composed of your views on questions like “when does life begin?” and “how… Read more

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