- I’ve surely fallen into the trap of trying to manage products on the basis of fixed time and scope in the past (and present!), and many of the lessons in this piece ring true. It’s time to move on.
- Learning to break down problems instead of solutions is at the forefront of my learning and planned development as a PM right now, as I mentioned in my diary entry Hosting a Brainstorming Meeting. This post from Product to Product provides some ways to think about actually breaking down the problems you’re trying to solve for customers.
- Theresa Toor’s opportunity tree model for exploring the problem space is a tool I plan on trying out in our brainstorming discussions also. She discusses its use here: https://www.producttalk.org/2019/02/prioritize-opportunities/
- Interesting thoughts from Sebastian Saboune on product management as product thinking, or coaching. Sounds a lot like the discussions that roll on from time to time about testing as an activity versus a role and testers as coaches.
- Added to the stack this week was The Messy Middle by Scott Belsky. I haven’t actually started reading it yet though (because life), so here’s Marc Abraham’s takeaways: https://marcabraham.com/2019/02/13/book-review-the-messy-middle-by-scott-belsky/