I started my PM career at a 45-person startup. It was a very eye-opening experience for me. I’m sure most can relate — you wear a ton of different hats in a startup that small. I was doing everything related to integration development short of actually writing and deploying the…


Early on in my career, I got yelled at by a developer I was working with. I was shook. He explained how frustrated he was with my lack of communication. I had tried so hard to be the PM that reads every book on the Amazon Best Sellers List for…


Something something strategy! I guess it looks like this?

When I first started as a junior PM I was faced with a bunch of problems to solve with integrations at a business intelligence SaaS company. I turned to my senior colleagues to figure out how/where to start. While they didn’t solve my problems for me, they helped me to…


Back when I first started my career, I worked in a pretty young client success organization. It was my job to make sure that customers were correctly onboarded with business intelligence software. It was my first job out of college — I was eager to prove myself; I wanted to…


Definitely not me programming. Well, kinda..?

When I was first starting my career in product, I felt that I was eventually going to want to become a web developer. I knew that there was a path from my junior PM position into development; it had already been done before by another colleague who was now a…


The shaping method leads the discovery phase by leveraging technical availability, data-driven decisions, and emotionally intelligent discussion.

Shaping clay is cool. Shaping diagnoses is even cooler.

If you break product management down to its core, you’ll find two sides to it: finding a problem to solve, and correctly solving said problem. If you accomplish this feat, you’re essentially a good product manager. The discovery phase of product management deals with identifying problems to solve and the…


Ah…sweet, SO sweet MS-DOS.

Let me start this off by saying that I am a nostalgia guy, especially for the early 90s computer games running on MS-DOS and much earlier versions of Windows. Remember those? The games that our older brothers/dads would never let us play for fear of us erasing their save file…

Drew Hemsley

Data-driven, SaaS Product Manager. Dunking on 'em since 1991!

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