Finest-5 Product reads #57
Learning vs impact, product status report, etc..
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You typically have the greatest impact on your career when you are in a phase of reduced learning, and conversely, you tend to acquire the most knowledge when you are less effective.
Similar to relationships, discovering novelty in your job prevents stagnation, enabling growth within your current role.
Allocating just 10% of your time to activities that energize you can sustain excitement and engagement over a more extended period.
The accumulation of small victories can pave the way for more significant opportunities and heightened impact over time.
Product Status Reports (PSRs) keep stakeholders informed about project progress and facilitate data-driven decisions. Without a product status report, team members may not be adequately informed to support project activities.
Benefits of PSRs: Facilitate collaboration, identify issues and risks, reduce manual workload, track action items.
Components of a PSR: Overview, progress update, risks and issues, action items, and next steps are essential components.
Actionability is also crucial. Keep reports focused on activities, both in progress and upcoming.
Yearly planning often involves debates about the effectiveness of roadmaps. Traditional roadmaps showing releases on a timeline can lead to high planning overhead and waste.
An outcomes roadmap that illustrates the actual work required to achieve the goals, on a timeline, can effectively communicate aspects that most roadmaps omit.
Elements of an Outcome Roadmap: Goals, Research (optional), Product Discovery, Product Delivery, Effect Delay.
Effect Delay: Factor in delays between product launches and desired outcomes; continue tracking results post-launch.
With rising market competition and evolving consumer demands, iterating has become a go-to strategy.
The concept of “The Sunk Cost of Iterations” is deeply rooted in today’s product development sphere, where iterative processes are not just encouraged but often deemed essential.
Meticulously refining a product can lead to psychological sunk costs, as seen in cases like Google Glass
The allure of eventual success can lead to justifying excessive iterations, as seen with the Concorde jet.
Product-market fit isn’t a 'big bang' event. It’s a series of events that happen as you grow the number of market segments, the number of problems addressed, and the value of outcomes reached as your product develops over time.
You want to find a hair-on-fire problem that people are willing to change their behavior to solve.
The Product Discovery Loop is a tool used to break down the components of product-market fit, including market segment, customer pains, desired outcomes, and solutions.
Each successful pass through the Product Discovery Loop increases customer love for your product, growing the addressable market by covering additional customers, pains, or use cases
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