If you want to be successful as a product person, you have to make sure your teams deliver.
If you want to be sought after as a product person, you have to make sure your teams deliver the right things.
But how do you go about doing that? You can start by saying no to those things which clearly do not make sense for your product. That will eliminate a few things, but it tends to leave you with several ideas that could be useful in some situations.
In order to focus on the truly right things, you need to identify the real problem you need to solve.
This week, I’m sharing some different ways to identify the real problem, and a potential caveat that you shouldn’t relentlessly focus on the real problem all the time.
How to make sure you’re solving the real problem
A collection of techniques you can use to make sure you’re solving the real problem: pop the why stack, socratic questioning, and setting outcomes.
Are You Solving The Real Problem?
Far too often when running our companies, or working on our products, we combat troubling symptoms, thinking those symptoms are problems, instead of solving actual problems. Matthew Edgar takes a look at the reasons why organizations tend to focus on symptoms rather than the real problem and suggests what to do about it.
Are You Solving the Right Problems?
Sometimes it’s not a matter of solving symptoms rather than the underlying problem. It may be that you’re focused on a problem that does exist when solving a related one can have much bigger impact. Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg suggests that you may need to reframe the problem you’re trying to solve and provides seven tips for doing so.
Solving The ‘Real’ Business Problem: 3 Great Questions to Ask
In almost every case, the first definition of the business problem or challenge is NOT the true problem that must be solved. To get to the true business problem, you must first ask the right questions, which is core to a better business strategy. Cyndi Pyburn suggests three questions to ask to find the right business problems that you need to solve.
Stop solving real problems once in a while
And lest you think that you can ruthlessly focus on only solving the real problem all the time and not suffer any detrimental effects, Dan Nessler has a different perspective. He suggests “if you don’t challenge what is here today and you don’t allow yourself to freely explore and experiment, you are just going to be trapped in uniformity and the same old recurring approaches over and over again. Carelessly publishing stuff enables creators to play, experiment, try something new, maybe even push the boundaries of what’s possible and get feedback.”