Stories, story points, acceptance criteria, stand-up, sprint, retrospective … Keep going, you will soon cover several key terms of modern software development. However, you may find that agility as a mindset is missing in this busyness of daily actvity — product development. Another title of this post could have been: ‘Avoid Agile Industrial Complex.’ Mind...
    The all-important product discovery phase — don’t skip it. It’s a critical phase before you jump in and build the next great feature. A common mistake while building products is not making an explicit distinction between what you know (empirical) vs. what’s an assumption. As you can imagine, assumptions bite back. Sometimes, irrecoverably. The product...
    Elephants don’t bite; it’s the mosquitoes you’ve got to be aware of.Book: The Compounding Effect Small and consistent improvements in your approach deliver big returns. More so, how you do anything is how you do everything. While some may think the suggestions below are common sense, I’m astonished to say they’re not commonplace. 100 percent...
    Outcome-based, measurable goals are essential to make a focused effort toward your goals. But, are there prerequisites and ground rules for any goal-setting approach to work? I think, yes. Firstly, from a product manager’s perspective, your three primary objectives are to shape, ship, and align. Shaping the product, shipping the product, and aligning with the...
    When asked about what role you play in the team, you may say you’re a technical lead, business analyst, product manager, et al. While they’re accurate, I’m not referring to business titles in this context. Rather, do you know the business initiative you’re on. If yes, how are you preparing for your role mentally and...
    Time and again, the question arises — how do I solve this problem? Pause. Before knowing whether the solution is worth pursuing, you want to answer whether the problem is worth solving. For this level of introspection to happen, a product manager has to delve into all the angles of the problem. So, catch yourself...
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