Kicking off a new quarter with your product team – Here's how I frame what we've achieved so far, what's left to do and what's next with product teams at GOV.UK.
What I learned about product strategy from a video game – Strategy is probably one of the key parts of being a product manager, but it's not something I learnt in my comprehensive school education. Rome: Total War sure taught me a lot though.
The High – Back on the wagon! Writing weeknotes last week did wonders for my brain, it'd be silly not to carry on this week.
The Fatigue – Having not written weeknotes for 10 weeks, here's a bunch of things I've done that should remind me I've done a lot.
Product teams deliver outcomes, not outputs – It's a change in mindset for leadership to manage outcomes or results, instead of the traditional way of managing effort and output. Here's how I turn 'Build this' into 'Realise that' on GOV.UK at the UK's Government Digital Service.
The Fishing Smacks – The first week of quarter one, 2019/20, was fairly decent overall. A stormy week with calm moments, a veritable feast of ups and downs. Goods. Bads. In-betweens.
The Relief – We launched a thing and saved taxpayers money, found out the missions for next quarter, and I've prepped a presentation on blogging and working in the open.
The Road Ahead – It's the end of quarter 4, 2018/19. We've done a heck of a lot and there's palpable excitement at what's to come next quarter.
The Workshop – Light-bulb moments, chats with good people, reading research. All part of this week in my life as a civil servant. Tell you what, I could do with a reset.
The Key Findings – For the first time, I started to see the end of the tunnel for one mission.
The Threads – Chatting to three international governments made this a bumper week.