Cracking the Code: 5 Characteristics of Winning Products

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In today’s highly competitive world, creating a truly outstanding product is essential. But what are the qualities that define a great product? Today, we will explore five key qualities that every product manager should aim for. I’m Sachin Sharma, with over 10 years of experience in product management, having mentored more than 1000 Aspiring product managers. Through this podcast, I hope to share valuable insights about product management to help even more professionals in this field. Let’s dive into the discussion on the five common characteristics of a great product.

Qualities of a Great Product:

  1. User Onboarding: The first quality is smooth and effective user onboarding. This process involves introducing new users to a product and guiding them through its features and functionalities to ensure they understand how to use it. A positive onboarding experience encourages user adoption, reduces abandonment rates, improves user retention, and enhances overall customer satisfaction. An example of excellent user onboarding is Uber, which offers a seamless and user-friendly experience for requesting rides.
  2. Good Design: The second quality is an appealing and user-friendly design. A well-designed product can significantly improve the user experience and increase perceived value. Examples include Apple’s sleek and visually pleasing design, Dropbox’s user-friendly interface, and Google’s simple navigation menus. A well-designed product not only attracts users but also fosters brand loyalty and emotional connections.
  3. Fair Price for Value: Offering a fair price for the value provided by a product is crucial for customer satisfaction and loyalty. Fair pricing builds trust, increases perceived value, gives a competitive advantage, and enhances a company’s reputation. Companies like Tesla have successfully established strong brand images through their pricing strategies.
  4. Problem Solving: A great product should address a specific problem or pain point of the customer. This not only increases customer satisfaction but also simplifies their lives, saves time, and enhances efficiency. For example, Grammarly solves grammar and spelling issues, while Uber solves transportation challenges.
  5. Quick Time to Value: The final quality is providing tangible value to users as quickly as possible. Products that deliver quick, tangible benefits have higher adoption and retention rates. Amazon Prime is an excellent example, offering free two-day shipping and access to streaming content, delivering immediate value to users.

By focusing on these five qualities, product managers can create products that stand out in the market and delight customers. To continue your learning journey in product management, consider joining my community and participating in my free training at For community members, I recommend upgrading to the Diamond membership to accelerate your product management skills and connect with other high achievers. 

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