You’ve just joined a new team, you’re being assigned to launch a product which is nearly ready, and from the moment you set eyes on it, something doesn’t feel right. You don’t quite get its value, you don’t see how others might want to use it, it doesn’t feel right… but then you don’t know … Continue reading Weeknote: how to get away with murder (of a product)
Last week I had my performance review, and for the first time I actually enjoyed it and was grateful for the conversation we had. Until recently I would have described the performance review or annual review as the yearly awkward moment to talk with your manager about your achievements and skills. When I worked at … Continue reading Weeknote: Performance review
I wrote this reflection a while ago, but as this week has been intense and my thoughts are all over the place, I thought I'd share this. ... It’s a drab drizzly day in January. I’m queuing at the post office. Courtesy of covid-19, we’re of course queuing outside. There’s also a queue system inside: … Continue reading Weeknote: When you can’t solve the problem
This week I have been thinking about product communities. In my last organisation, there was a fairly active product community, both at cross-government level and within the organisation. However, in my new job, there is no such community, as our product team of 7 is integrated in the 'business' and fairly isolated from other PMs. … Continue reading Weeknote: product communities and networks
As product people one of our roles is to ensure people external to our team know what is going on and where we’re heading. That is simple enough as a principle, yet in practice, this is hard. The situation This week, I’ve trialed an email to share updates across all our products to send to … Continue reading Weeknote: How do we know how much others need to know?
Ok, that's it, I'll try it out! For several years I've been seeing colleagues and people on Twitter write weeknotes, and I've finally reached a point at which I feel like I should do it and I have sufficient motivation and courage to do it. Something happened this week, which brought it home to me … Continue reading Weeknote: the surprisingly good day