Sunday, September 27, 2020

Time Management for Product Managers

 ISPMA Post:

Mark Twain once said "If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long."

So "Frog" here is really a metaphor for the task you find ugly but it needs to be done.

Brain Tracy's book- Eat that Frog based on this metaphor suggest 2 ageless rules for time management:
#1 If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugly one first.
#2 If you have to eat a live frog at all, it doesnít pay to sit and look at it for very long.

Time Management is important for all the professionals, more so for Product Managers because of a dynamic role and a wide span of interaction that spans all the key business functions.

Hari Babu Krishnan, Senior Product Manager, SAP Ariba has an interesting take on time management where he applies the 80:20 principle as follows

1. Spend 20% of the time to reflect back as a team.
2. Use the remaining 80% of the time for course correction and creating the right product.

Check-out this short (92 second) video.

How do you effectively manage time as a product manager?

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