Why sign up now?

Everything you read on the rest of this page has temporarily gone out the window. I really hope to get back to the product stuff eventually. But for the time being this newsletter is an outlet, a way to talk to each other, a way to reflect on what’s happening, and hopefully a way to help each other out.

Why sign up usually?

Get an email every week with carefully curated resources and commentary to help you create better products, and understand the impact technology has on our work and our lives.

The newsletter covers a variety of topics, and usually consists of four sections:

  • The first section is about the product development process. This is mostly the type of articles I post on my blog, and provides practical, concrete ways for product managers, designers, and software developers to improve their craft.

  • The second section covers tools and news about the way work gets done. Expect articles that frame the future of work and teams, and tools that help us with our day-to-day tasks.

  • The third section covers current news in the world of technology, and how that impacts our lives and our work.

  • The last section is a dumping ground for some of the interesting and weird things I find on the internet that don’t really fit in anywhere else.

Want to read it first? Here’s a sample.

About me

My name is Rian van der Merwe. I'm a product manager with a background in user experience design. I am focused on designing and building high-quality software that people love to use. I also wrote a book about the process called Making It Right.

The purpose of my blog and this newsletter is to help you and me become better software product managers and technology workers. It is focused on articles and resources to help us grow in our craft.

My goal is to do this work in the spirit of the Swahili word elezea, which means to elucidate, explain, clarify, and relate.