There’s a story I learned in college. Not sure who actually shared it with me, but working as a product manager makes me remember it from time to time:
Two people meet in the desert:
No.1: Hey, where are you going?
No.2: Nowhere. Anywhere
No.3: Ok. Then let’s go this way. It’s shorter…
Do you know where you want to go? What you want to achieve? What your goal is? If the answer is no, then it doesn’t really matter which way you’re going.
via Sun Tzu
“Individuals and interactions over processes and tools” – this is the first value in the Agile Manifesto.
The. Very. First. And yet we somehow manage through the frameworks that actually were born as a result of the manifesto, to put more emphasis on the latter.
Just like you challenge every feature request, challenge every process. Is it truly helping the team? Or is it there because “that’s how we’ve always done things”
via Michael Lopp
It is always a challenge to find the right essential minimum mix for an MVP. It is always a different problem, with different context, timing, user expectations. Always a challenge but quite rewarding when getting it right.
Some shots below explain it better: Continue reading “MVP means focused, not half done”
As a product manager, you don’t have authority given. You earn it through actions and decisions and building relationships over time (among many other ways).
How you build those relationships is important long term, which is why i find this Picard tip useful.
You should be a coach, encouraging the team, working together with them to help in achieving their goals.
Via Picard Tips
…cost a lot less money than building something and realizing too late that you’ve built the wrong thing.
via Melissa Perri