Before you begin, ask yourself this: Should you really read this article?
When evaluating the answer to that, I’ll bet your mind automatically boxed you into a yes or no response. After all, those are the only two answers, right? Well what if we rephrase the question to:
“Should you be reading this article right now?”
We live in a world with near-limitless options and opportunities and finite time and energy. Deciding what to do is rarely about the creation of new opportunities, but rather the elimination of them until there is a clear path forward with the best option(s). The same is true for companies and for building software.
What should we build? This question is as relevant today as it was before software even existed and is one of the main reasons that a product manager exists. There is no shortage of ideas for what should be built and the abundance of options combined…
“We have always done it this way.”
Most of us have heard that at least a few times, and this sentence, as well as the line of thinking behind it, is immediately recognized as “the old way” of thinking, even archaic. While it’s easy for us to identify and associate this line of thinking as bad, knowing how to challenge the solution or how else to solve the problem is an entirely different task.
Many of us have trained ourselves to look for new solutions in the name of “innovation”. However, whenever we encounter problems, how often do we ask…
Let’s make a bet.
Pay me 10 dollars, and we’ll flip a coin. If it lands on heads, you win, if it lands on tails, I win. If you win, you’ll get your money back and 10 more dollars. If you lose, I keep your 10 dollars.
Would you take the bet? Maybe, maybe not. But conceptually you know that your odds are 50/50. What about if we upped the ante to 100 dollars? 1000? From a financial standpoint, your expected return is zero, since you have a 50% chance of winning 10 dollars and a 50% chance of losing…
If there’s ever been a person you’d imagine has technology from wall to wall at home, it would be Bill Gates.
And you’d be wrong.
The billionaire founder of Microsoft is perhaps the most prominent member of a low-tech legion of high-powered technology leaders and executives. Gates has been preaching tech as a tool, not a lifestyle, for more than a decade; ever since watching his daughter get addicted to a video game and then curbing her use of it.
A growing number of C-suite executives in the tech industry are living decidedly low-tech lives and passing on that mantra…
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