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Good reads #11: Such techniques!


2019-04-06


Such techniques! This week there’s some awesome stuff on techniques for bringing human centred design into your work, mapping, pricing, and fostering flow through limiting work in progress. There’s also a great insight into Wistia’s experience of falling into short term thinking.


Articles/resources

A collection of tools to bring human-centered design into your project. by 18F.
These are wonderfully documented methods for exploring, deciding, and doing. They’re very clear notes on techniques you might use when collaborating with others to achieve a goal.


Mapping: An introductory guide for product teams by Teresa Torres.
I’ve always found mapping to be a fantastic way to help groups of people explore a problem. It’s collaborative, it’s visual, and it helps make systems and their dependencies super clear. If this is new to you, Teresa’s post is a great intro.

I can illustrate the value of mapping to the product development process by walking you through creating an opportunity solution tree, a type of map I developed to help teams keep track of their continuous discovery journey. It’s a simple way of visually representing how you plan to reach a desired outcome.


Creating Flow and Value in Product Development by John Cutler.

In this 7-minute video, I explain why limiting work in progress can increase flow and value in product development.


Why Setting Ambitious Goals Backfires by Brendan Schwartz.

And just like that, we went from a long-term focused company to one demanding short-term results.

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Brendan Schwartz, CTO and founder at Wistia, learned a hard lesson. In this post they share a candid perspective of what happened and what they learned.


Your Productivity Hinges on How You Arrange Your Desk by Alli Hoff Kosik.
I am obsessed with my work area. Desk space. Behind my monitor. Under desk space. The wall. Where will my books go? What about my [many, many] plants? Cables?

My desk is full. I don’t find it cluttered (everything has its place, and I love having a lot of green around me), but others do. What’s optimised for me just won’t be for you.

Alli’s post is a nice read about what they think about the importance of the way we organise our desks.


Media

How product managers can determine the price of a new product – with Patrick Campbell.
Pricing. The topic that strikes fear into the heart of many a Product Manager. In this podcast episode, Patrick Campbell shares thoughts on the topic that might get your brain juices flowing, and maybe even remove a little of the dread that you might have about the subject.


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