And now it comes down to how the PM directs their team: Either by focusing on the final goal, identifying possibilities and taking risks in attaining that goal, or by making sure that the product managing process is taken care of, that the stakeholders all maintain proper communication through channels, and that all figures related to the development and testing process are in place.
HBR now presents that, depending on the manager focus, a product manager might too focused on a promotion or prevention style; it could easily be argued that a promotion focus serves better the startup PM, but it has also been shown that a prevention focus is particularly used by startups when dealing with the later stages of the product management cycle.
Quiz: What’s your style?
Do You Play to Win â€” or to Not Lose?.
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Good literature has this habit of turning assumptions on its head, explaining the limitations of perceptions and the ways in which we, as humans, maintain artificial sets of constraints even though we might be trying to fight those same obstacles. Pretty much the way Arendt was criticized, we lose our product vision, because precisely the way we have to fight the forces that push seemingly innocuous agendas on our plate. We have to regroup, reassess and act again.
These assumptions that so easily maintain the status quo, or impede the realization of our initial vision, also affect us, derailing our intentions and helping us, and others, into rationalizing the very same obstacles into being necessary.
For example, a process that has been unreliable, or a continuous rechecking and retesting, or a routine series of tasks that take resources yet are performed because that is the way that it has been done before, or because they are necessary to maintain data integrity on legacy systems, all seem to be valid uses of the time of developers and managers. The problem starts with reason for those routine tests and tasks in the first place: is the system getting into legacy mode? Are the input processes correct and updated? Is there a way to fix all these issues that pop up under use, and while the system is stress tested by changing business demands and requirements?
There is no correct answer here: the business evolves and changes requirements, the installed system becomes legacy, and resources and allocation are scarce; the legacy IT system is already established, the implementation of another system is dependent on business timing, i.e. you wonâ€™t change Point of Sale just before Christmas season, and recovering the existing knowledge to incorporate it into a new application is serious enough â€“ old, legacy work is knowable, routine and easily measured, although prone to errors and mistakes.
And that is where the vision vanishes, replaced by routine task management and endless quality control tasks that are precisely what has launched the new system implementation in the first place.
But who manages that implementation, and how does that proceed?
And now techchrucnch has that Domo is getting new funding.
The tech space has always been awash with things looking to give to the exec suite, especially since they are the ones with the pourse strings and the Damocle’s sword hanging over them. They want results now, ubt they want information and insight yesterday!
It is really discomfiting that an F500 would say
the company had to wait months to analyze sales data and then make changes in other business areas
Really? Don’t you, big F500, have some BI already and process all your sales data internally?
Well, apparently not. I am wathcing other potential SaaS BI like Birst, but it seems clear that Domo wnats to differentiate itself by virtue of its target market and its final users.
The discussion on implementation of ACA by states gets heated, but I find it worthy of attention the map showing the states that are going ahead with an implementation of the Act, and how it correlates to the infamous “right to work” states.
Via: The Advisory Board Company
One: We need a cartograph showing population affected.
Two: Costs to the nation as a whole, because of the reticence of some politicized states to adopt federal law?
Three: Costs to society in the medium term as a result of the botched implementation of this law, specially shown by state: growth, economic puissance, local CPI?