Disciplined Product Management

Giant Sequoia - Rick Klau

“It’s easy to say yes when a customer (or prospect) asks for a new feature: after all, if it’s just a day or two of engineering time (not always), why not ?  But you quickly lose sight of the product you’re building: your product no longer has a coherent vision, and each new feature brings with it uncertain support costs that will last as long as the feature remains.

 

Much harder — but much more important — is the discipline to question whether the feature is a required piece of what you’re building. New or old, easy or hard — if the feature does not support the overall product goals, it has to go. Customers and team-members alike respond to that discipline — particularly if it results in better support, more predictable development, and a clearer understanding of what it is you’re trying to build.”

Rick Klau – Google Ventures (former Product Manager Blogger, YouTube) – @rklau

Photo – Giant Sequoia, Rick Klau

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