We’re almost done with the first full week of 2019, which means there’s no going back right now. It also means you’re probably well on your way to making your new habits stick, or you’ve already abandoned those potentially ill conceived new year’s resolutions.
I hope that you’re on the way to making some new habits stick, and one of those habits is to seek out opportunities to become a more effective product person.
If that is the case, I’d like to share a way you can use to make that happen. A simple approach you can use to put together a learning plan to make sure your learning efforts are as focused as possible. You can certainly do these steps on your own, but if you’d like some help, make sure you read to the end of this email.
If you haven’t decided to make learning a habit yet, perhaps this post will encourage you to do so.
Step 1 – Determine why you want to learn
Maybe you just started a new job. Maybe you want to find a new job. Maybe you want a raise. Maybe you just like the thrill of learning and improving.
It’s helpful to know why you want to learn more so that you can make sure you’re learning about the right stuff at the right time and to the right extent.
I’ve found that a personal retrospective is a great way to structure your thought process for deciding what outcomes you’re looking for and identifying the habits you’ll start and stop to get there. In this case, one or more of those outcomes will tell you why you want to learn.
Step 2 – Assess your product ownership skills and traits
In step 1 you acknowledged that you want to learn more about product ownership and clarified why.
This step is about determining where you are at and determine what gaps you have to fill.
To help you at there, I reviewed 4 different product owner assessments you can use to identify learning opportunities.
These assessments are helpful because they establish a view of what product ownership should be and then provide you with a means of seeing where you’re at – identifying gaps along the way. You can then seek out resources to help you fill those gaps.
Step 3 – Find learning resources
Once you know what areas you want to focus on, the next step is finding resources to help you with those areas and make use of them. Here’s a variety of good resources that will help you along your learning journey.
Just-in-time resources on KBPMedia
Here is an overview of how the resources on KBP.media are organized so that you can find those resources that are just-in-time for you.
Learn product ownership with these books, videos, courses and certifications, or learn it by teaching it to someone else.
Learn from others
Experience is the best teacher. This post shares five steps to consider context when learning from others experience.
Step 4 – Reflect and Adjust
Once you’ve put your learning plan together and started acting on it, it’s always a good idea to regularly stop and reflect on how things are going.
- Are the resources you selected providing you the information you hoped?
- Is what you’re learning helping you get closer to your desired outcome?
- Do you need to focus your learning efforts in a different direction?
At least once during the year, or perhaps every three months, Revisit your personal retrospective and assessment and see where you’re at and decide what changes you need to make.
It’s ok to change your plans. In fact if you’re really learning you most likely will.
Would a guide be helpful?
Hopefully these steps are straight forward enough that you can follow them on your own. Sometimes, though you need a guide who can see things from a fresh perspective.
If you think you’d like a guide for your personal learning plan, or you’d like help forming learning plans for the product people in your organization, let me know and we can talk about how I may be able to help you out.
I hope 2019 brings a year of learning and growth for you, and that KBPMedia can help you with that learning and growth.