How to Drive Product Thinking Within an Organization – Product Science Journal #24

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Lately I’ve had a lot of conversations about driving change within an organization. Organizations are complex systems of people, so it’s never an easy task, but it can be done. I think that one of the keys to leading change is in expecting it to take time. I’ve seen many successful change leaders use learning opportunities and small wins to help grow support for the changes they are seeking. Other times, I’ve seen leaders try to implement changes quickly, by decree, and without enough space to hear concerns and quell uncertainty. I’ve seen that, but I’ve never seen it work.

So today I’m sharing several pieces on change that I hope can help you support a movement towards better ways of working within your own organization.

May 2019 be the year of good changes,

How to Unlearn Past Successful Approaches and Be Open to Working in New Ways – An Interview with Barry O’Reilly

Here’s what I learned from Barry O’Reilly about unlearning – intentionally letting go of past successful approaches. I love that Barry shares an inspiring curiosity and a constant pursuit of better ways of working.

Take Off Your Headsets and Dance – A Lesson in Product Development from Catherine Ulrich

This is a great interview with Catherine Ulrich, former CPO at WeightWatchers and Shutterstock, on many elements of product management and product leadership. I particularly love her stories and perspective on behavior change within an organization.

Product leaders, educate your stakeholders by adding this one thing to your sprints

One of my articles from the archive, on showing how to use product discovery and learnings to update plans and next steps through a practice I call the  Built-Learned-Planning Demo.

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