Product Thinking

To invent solutions where there are none, and then identify the right way forward, product people must switch between divergent and convergent thinking regularly, flexing these perceptions like a muscle. Generate as many ideas as you can, refine. Generate, refine. Repeat. I call this exercise “Product Thinking.”

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Innovation ≠ invention

Innovation is very straightforward. You take a solution that you know works in one place, and you apply it to a similar problem in a different space. Invention is a different mechanic for problem solving. Invention is needed when problems are totally unsolved. You start structuring experiments to chip away at the unknown. And if “chipping away at the unknown” is how you’d describe your backlog, then you might be inventing a solution. Try looking for an innovative solution first. Then fewer experiments and feedback loops are needed to succeed.

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Product First Principles

What are the elemental, atomic truths that hold true in all cases? These are the things worth knowing, worth writing about and passing on to others. That’s the basis for this blog. I haven’t got it all figured out, but I hope that as I write, others may find this exercise interesting and join in on my hunt for product first principles.

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