From March, 2015

Timeless Lessons from Brilliant Careers of Women from Another Era

This article was first published on FastCompany.Com. In her book Her Brilliant Career, journalist and author Rachel Cooke offers an alternative view of the 1950s woman that counters the cultural symbol of supplicant domesticity we’ve come to accept. As she narrates the stories of pioneering women whose work paved the way for future generations, Cooke applauds these women’s “sly kind of feminism” and celebrates their struggles. “They doubted themselves, they got in muddles, they made mistakes; feeling defensive, they sometimes seemed difficult and distant even to those who loved them.” While we may have never heard their stories before, the…

Proof That Your Moonlighting Gigs Can Earn You More Than Just Extra Cash

A version of this article was first published on FastCompany.Com I am on a quest to stay passionate and productive in my day job. By day I am a business consultant, but by night—not to mention during the wee hours of the morning and on weekends—I become a freelance writer, yoga teacher, and photographer. On my journey I have met a number of inquisitors who ask why I toil away the hours before and after work to master crafts that are seemingly unrelated to my day job. For instance, I work in consulting, so my pursuit of an MBA was…

One Path into Product Management

My first product gig was like Lyft, but for grounded aircraft engines. If a flying machine needed a spare part, then our solution helped locate the nearest optimal warehouse for it. That was a decade ago, when I kicked off my career with GE. At the time, product management hadn’t made it to the tech…

In Defense of Product Documentation

A version this article was published on General Assembly’s blog. A decade ago when I started my career in product management, most tech shops gave this role an ambiguous label like consultant or analyst. At the time, besides being a source of an existential crisis my job description had two other problems: I couldn’t explain it to my mother, and it involved authoring specifications – the kind that made its author and readers want to die! Now, most tech teams either include a product manager or are wondering if they need to. And while my mom still doesn’t get what…