Your weekly dose of musings below!
- I spent a lot of time last week thinking about KPI’s and how I can use them to effectively frame and guide me towards success in product management. Read more here: How I KPI’d My Way to Success as a Product Manager
- Some of the thinking in that article was inspired by the product meetup I attended earlier in the week, where around a third of the product managers there identified as having some challenges with the role, responsibilities and how best to invest their time. While it’s good to know I’m not alone in having felt this way, and I’m happy to be able to give back and share my own thoughts on the subject, it’s kinda sad that folk have to struggle this way in the first place. It’s good to be part of a the Product Tank community in which they can at least share these feelings, and get support and insight from more senior PM’s who have come out the other side.
- I’m looking forward to getting out of the [home] office this week and spending some time with QA leaders at the Assurance Leadership Forum. Paul Gerrard will also be joining the TestRail team for a Test Strategy webinar on the 2nd August. Sign up for the webinar here!
- I’m planning an information diet this week. I already reaped some of the benefits last week when instead of twiddling my phone surveying the news and other distractions, I buckled down and wrote a long-form blog post instead. I then went on to devise a new methodology for some of the other PM work I’ve been struggling with during a thinking & journalling session. So far, avoiding unnecessary information via tv, books, the internet and other channels is proving fruitful!
- My wife suggested the information diet. An idea further reinforced by my current allowed reading material, Tim Ferris’s Four Hour Work Week (Expanded and Updated Edition). Highly recommended. It’s been around 10 years since I first read it. Coincidentally around the same time as I started my contracting career, and the catalyst I suspect for many of the good things that happened along the way!