Strategy without tactics, tactics without strategy

Always take the time to have or make a strategy

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

useless defensless process

When you don’t have an answer for why a process is there

“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


Be the coach. Not a parent or a sergeant

Coach, Parent or Drill Sergeant?

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