Articles, Design Thinking, Discovery

How to Use Product Discovery Skills to Build Alignment, At Work or At Home

I partnered with Product Management Insider by Alpha to publish an article on using product discovery skills to build alignment both at work and at home. Here’s an excerpt:

I’ve found that while people often tend to focus on solutions, when we step back to build agreement on what problem we are solving and which constraints are important, we find it much easier to agree on which solution to pick.

Check out the piece for the full story on the approach I used to help my family agree on a vacation plan:

How to Use Product Discovery Skills to Build Alignment, At Work or At Home

Discovery, Past Work, Product Opportunity Assessments, Stakeholders, Workshops

How to kill a bad idea workshop at Thoughtbot Summer Summit

Yesterday I had the pleasure of running a workshop at Thoughtbot‘s Summer Summit.

ThoughtbotThoughtbot is one of my favorite design and development shops, because they are creative, smart people who are great at applying modern best practices like design sprints, design thinking, agile, and extreme programming to build products for their clients. We used them when we were getting Shutterstock Editor going and they brought a lot of value to the team.

So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to talk with them about how to persuade key stakeholders to pivot or even kill an idea. We did exercises around about empathizing with stakeholders; quantifying the product opportunity; selecting key outcomes, core behaviors, and key metrics; and focusing research by talking about initiatives’ risks ahead of time.

It's not enough to be right. You also have to be persuasive. I’ll be expanding on this to offer a public workshop in October. Contact me or sign up for my newsletter if you want to be among the first to know when tickets are available!

Discovery, Interviews, Podcasts

High Impact Experimentation is Product Management

I spoke with Mike Fishbein about making evidence based product decisions through high impact experimentation for episode 113 of the This is Product Management podcast. In it, I shared:

We don’t need to test everything. We need to test the things that are risky.

Check out the post about it to read more or find iTunes and Stitcher links for the podcast.

High Impact Experimentation is Product Management