Welcome to the Jungle

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April 20, 2013

Welcome to the Jungle

26 tips about product management from the animal kingdom

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Lucy Spence

April 20, 2013
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  1. WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE 26 tips about product management from

    the animal kingdom
  2. @lucyjspence

  3. DEVELOP A THICK SKIN SEEK HONEST FEEDBACK, RESPOND POSITIVELY &

    DON’T GET DISHEARTENED
  4. IF YOU’RE NOT BUSY YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG BUT JUST

    BECAUSE YOU ARE BUSY DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE DOING IT RIGHT
  5. SPEED IS IMPORTANT BUT YOU NEED AGILITY AS WELL OR

    YOU WILL MISS YOUR TARGET
  6. HAVE A DRINK WHEN YOU GET THE CHANCE USE THE

    TIME WHEN THE PACE SLOWS TO REVIVE & REFRESH YOURSELF
  7. DON’T GET IN THE WAY OF A RAMPAGING ELEPHANT STEER

    IT FROM ITS BACK INSTEAD
  8. BE CAPABLE IN ALL ENVIRONMENTS YOU NEED TO BE COMFORTABLE

    IN BUSINESS, TECH AND DESIGN
  9. “Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't

    quit when you're tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired.” - Robert Strauss
  10. LOOK OUT FOR UNEXPECTED KILLERS THINGS WILL CATCH YOU OFF

    GUARD – PROTECT YOURSELF IN PREPARATION
  11. BE COLD BLOODED WHEN YOU NEED TO BE BE RUTHLESS

    WITH PRIORITISATION AND SAYING NO
  12. WHEN STUCK JUST GO WITH THE FLOW JUST STARTING WILL

    DEVELOP YOUR THOUGHTS
  13. ADAPT TO YOUR ENIRONMENT DONT BE AFRAID TO BE DIFFERENT

    IF IT SERVES A PURPOSE
  14. LOOK AT THINGS FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES ASK OPINION FROM PEOPLE

    THAT ARE DIFFERENT FROM YOU
  15. KEEP ON THE LOOK OUT & WARN OTHERS HAVE A

    BROAD FOCUS AND LOOK TO OTHER INDUSTRIES FOR DISRUPTION
  16. TO FIND MAGIC YOU MAY NEED TO LOOK IN UNEXPECTED

    PLACES DEVELOP A SET OF RELIABLE TECHNIQUES FOR THINKING ABOUT PROBLEMS
  17. HAVE FINGERS IN LOTS OF PIES THE MORE ASPECTS OF

    A BUSINESS YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH, THE MORE EFFICIENT YOU WILL BE
  18. PROTECT WHAT IS IMPORTANT WRITE TENETS SO YOU DONT GET

    LOST ALONG THE WAY
  19. FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE IMPORTANT YOU WILL HAVE TO SELL IDEAS

    AND HOW YOU DO THAT IS AS IMPORTANT AS THE IDEA ITSELF
  20. GUIDE THE TEAM THROUGH THE DARK TO ACHIEVE THE IMPOSSIBLE

    YES, IT WILL FEEL LIKE YOU ARE PULLING A FAT MAN ALONG AND HE WILL GET ALL THE CREDIT BUT THAT IS THE JOB
  21. TAKE TIME TO REACT COMPLEX DECISIONS REQUIRE TIME – ASSESS

    THE COMPLEXITY OF A DECISION BEOFRE TRYING TO MAKE IT
  22. TEAMS CAN ACHIEVE THE IMPOSSIBLE BUT EVERYONE NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND

    THEIR ROLE AND THE GOAL
  23. DEAL WITH THE SPIKEY ISSUES SPEND TIME WORKING OUT THE

    COMPLEX PARTS AND TACKLE THEM FIRST
  24. PICK OVER THE CARCASSES DO RETROSPECTIVES AND INCORPORATE THE LEARNINGS

  25. BE YOUR OWN DOCTOR AND HEAL YOURSELF KEEP TRACK OF

    HOW YOU ARE DOING – MONITOR MOTIVATION AND STRESS LEVELS AND ADJUST YOUR WORKLOAD ACCORDINGLY
  26. NOTHING IS PERFECT THERE WILL ALWAYS BE THINGS THAT DON’T

    FIT. WORK WITH THEM
  27. DONT BURN OUT BURN OUT OFTEN DAMAGES RELATIONSHIPS AND ALWAYS

    SLOWS YOU DOWN SO YOU MAY AS WELL SLOW DOWN BEFORE YOU BECOME A NIGHTMARE TO WORK WITH
  28. BRANDING IS VERY INFLUENTIAL ALIGN THE PRODUCT AND THE BRAND