📬Codestories Newsletter #93: How to Be Impactful for Your Product Team

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Mateusz Chłodnicki

Aug 5, 2021 • 8 min read
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Codestories Newsletter is a regular dose of news, insights, and inspiration for technology enthusiasts, delivered every two weeks. You can subscribe here.


Have you ever wondered how it would feel if you could always build things that matter? Something that can have an impact on others and that you would be proud to have been a part of?

Today’s Codestories newsletter is dedicated to product mindset and building the right things, because life is too short to work on things that do not make any sense, right?

Dive deeper into Must-Reads, Inspired and other sections to discover how you can have more impact and influence while working on products. Have a good read!

Mateusz Chłodnicki
Product Manager

🏆 Weekly Highlights

  • Tesla is finally making a profit from selling electric vehicles!
  • Why do gamers have an advantage in product design?
  • Will nanobots change the future of medicine?
  • 3 books that will change the way you look at building software products.
  • Will GitHub Copilot code for you?

🔥 News

Tesla finally turns a profit selling cars (Inc.)

Is this a pivotal turning point as Tesla drives towards deep ambitions?

Facebook sets up new team to work on the 'metaverse' (Gadgets 360)

Will the social network be known one day for something else entirely?

Clubhouse opens its doors. Is anyone rushing in? (Wired)

The audio chat app has ditched its invite only status. Will this lead to a new rush in downloads?

✅ Must-reads

What game UX can teach us about product design (Toptal)

Product designers can take plenty of lessons from some of the most successful video games.

Discovery vs. design (svpg)

Can product discovery apply to feature teams?

3 reasons why letting the customers 'drive the bus' can be a winning strategy (Forbes)

Giving B2B customers a chance to take the wheel may be key to the relationships you need to convert the curious into customers.

🌱 Sustainable Tech

5 emerging technologies that will change the world in the near future (IndustryWired)

Will nanobots produce groundbreaking medicine to attack all types of diseases?

How quantum technology can boost sustainability (Innovation & Tech Today)

Will supercomputers be the key to helping solve the climate crisis?

What are meal kit startups doing to solve their excess packaging problem? (Sifted)

All those easy-to-make dinners come with one major downside — lots of waste.

💡 Get inspired

Hooked: How to build habit-forming products (Nir Eyal)

This book gives insight into why some products catch on and build a strong connection with users.

The ONE Thing: The surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results (Gay Keller, Jay Papasan)

This popular book promotes the philosophy of achieving more by focusing on less.

Selling Blue Elephants: How to make great products that people want BEFORE they even know they want them (Howard R. Moskowitz, Alex Gofman)

The art and science of building a product people don’t (yet) know they want.

⚙ Tips & tricks

A guide to hypothesis testing (Toptal)

This approach enables a product team to gather continuous feedback from users and course correct where needed.

Design tips: why do designers need sales skills? (Netguru)

Being able to present and sell your ideas can make a difference on a design team.

Too big to scale (Toptal)

What is the optimal size and strategy for your scrum team?

👀 Must-sees

🎥 Videos & podcasts

Don't forget the UX magic: how Disney uses design thinking (Pragmatic Institute)

Learn how product teams can put the powers of the mouse into what they’re creating.

Disruption talks: How to disrupt the payment sector (Netguru)

Can custom solutions deliver the change that’s needed?

GitHub Copilot can write code for you. We put it to the test (Stack Overflow Podcast)

What’s it like to use the AI-powered GitHub Copilot? The Stack Overflow Podcast takes a deep dive.

🎙️Quote of the week

“Go beyond making things the right way, and focus on making the right things”.

Netguru Product Management Team

🏖️ After hours

Lucasfilm hires YouTube deepfaker who put Luke, Leia and Tarkin cameos to shame (The Verge)

Producing a deepfake and throwing it up on YouTube paid off.

Elite students are debating hot-button issues on an invite-only TikTok clone (The Verge)

Does Polemix offer the key to combating political polarization?

11 laws of software estimation for complex work (BetterProgramming)

How can you avoid wrong estimates for that upcoming project?


This is the issue 32 of Codestories Newsletter – a bi-weekly dose of European Tech insights. You can learn more and subscribe here.

If you have any comments or feedback, feel free to contact the Codestories Team: codestories-team@netguru.com.

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