Monday Musings

By December 10, 2018 Mondays 3 Comments

I tweeted on Friday that I probably saved in the region of a $100k by identifying that a piece of work was in all likelihood a waste of time. There is, of course, something of a story behind that statement. Unfortunately there are limitations on what I can actually share since, you know, intellectual property and stuff. A lesson has certainly been learned along the way though… Being that, as a product manager – identifying what not to build is at least as important, if not more important, than identifying stuff you should build.

If I can save myself, and everyone else, some work in the process – so much the better!

  • This post from Marty Cagan gave me a lot to think about. Despite having really only being in a product role for a little over a year now, I have somehow ended up in a situation where I’m coaching a more junior product team member. I think I have some fairly clear strengths that I can bring to the table; validation being a key one, given my background. The others need and will no-doubt continue to need some additional work. But the motivation is there. And the professional toolkit I bring to bear in order to level-up in these areas lends itself nicely to coaching other folk also. So that’s something I expect I’ll continue with. Having a ready made list of problem areas to tackle certainly helps to grease the wheel!
  • One of the things I’m loving about my product role is the multiplicity of activities and all the different hats I get to wear. Including Janitor, as this article illustrates.
  • Steven Haines was a name that popped up in the last product meetup I was at. I couldn’t find a reasonably priced copy of his PM “bible”, The Product Manager’s Desk Reference (clocking in at ~£60!) But since I’m already thinking a few years ahead, and along similar lines to the bullet above, I picked up his book Managing Product Management (for the bargain price of one shiny penny) instead. So, that’s on the stack.
  • It’s going to have to wait until I finish up with Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance though. It’s been on the reading backlog for a number of years now, and I found a physical copy while perusing a second hand book store a week or so back. What an astonishing book! It’s been an absolute delight; particularly since I couldn’t exactly remember how or why it had ended up on my backlog in the first place. Highly recommended. Particularly for the testers out there.
  • Next week I’ll be branching out a little and attending the AI meetup in Birmingham. Seeya there maybe?
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