From the Productboard team: What are your 2022 product management resolutions?

  • 20 December 2021
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Despite how hectic this time of year can feel, it's important to set aside some time to think about the year ahead and set our intentions.

In this inspiring post, Productboard's product team shares their 2022 resolutions — reflections, learnings, and intentions on which they plan to double down in the new year.

As a remote employee, this intention by @Gabor Szalai, Sr. Product Manager at Productboard, really resonated with me:

"My resolution would be to intentionally take more time to (really) think. As a fully remote PM, I find that all forms of collaboration take increased effort compared to working in an office together (although now this has been a commonly shared experience due to the pandemic for a lot of us). Because of this, it's quite easy to be swept up in back-to-back Zoom calls, ever-growing Slack threads, and mostly tactical work."

He continues, "In the new year, I want to be much more conscious about regularly carving out dedicated focus time to think deeper about problems, perform more exploratory analysis, and follow-up on exciting new technologies and techniques which we can potentially incorporate into our work."

Read the full post here, and share your 2022 resolutions with the community!


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My resolution is about undirected discovery. As a PM, it’s easy to get caught in near-term priorities & fire-fighting. Which makes your discovery calls tuned towards those topics and introducing the risk of tunnel vision.

To force myself out of that tunnel, I would like to conduct at least 25 calls in 2022 with prospects that we lost. Today, that’s a source of prioritization wisdom I feel I’m under-utilizing.

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@pstrouven_pxc love it! Are you capturing the win/loss data in any systems? With our Productboard Salesforce integration you can import those win/loss opportunities automatically into Productboard as notes and bring in information that can also help you with prioritization. Plus you can then sort and use those to identify customers that are worth taking too.

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You bet @scott.baldwin.

Our team uses HubSpot and writes their deal lost-notes in there. So no direct integration but a simple Zap makes everything go straight to the Notes inbox.

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My “2022 Product Management Resolutions” are: 

  • Give myself more time for personal growth. Not just my mental product management space, but physically and artistically. It all interconnects to the same person (hey!) and emboldens my creative side. 
  • Be more adventurous with ideas, explore them further than I often allow myself time to do so now. Generally, my ideas are jotted down and left with minimum to no research to explore how viable they would be and how the market would react to them. 
  • Engage with the product management community more. While Q4 has been a bit of a mess (which has narrowed the window for me to engage as much on Product Makers), it’s also taught me that I value the thoughts and opinions of other people in the product management space. Q4 has felt more “lonely” due to having multiple projects running consecutively - leaving little time to do much else.  
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These are all wonderful resolutions @david.morgan. I was curious if you had any ideas on how you will explore resolution #2? I'm sure that so many people in our community can relate to this issue.  

Wishing you a wonderful 2022!

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These are all wonderful resolutions @david.morgan. I was curious if you had any ideas on how you will explore resolution #2? I'm sure that so many people in our community can relate to this issue.  

Wishing you a wonderful 2022!

A strong element that often prevents me from exploring my own ideas further is myself, honestly. So there’s going to be a few approaches I’m going to take to try to meet the objective:

  1. Have my confidence in my own curiosities. When it comes to the industry that I’m in, I’ve put in the time to understand the use cases that users will want solved - even those they haven’t quite identified themselves. 
  2. Allocate time for my ideas. While I can easily jot down a thought, I do need to dedicate time to explore them. Which means I have to plan to explore ideas in a more holistic way - rather than just “getting to them eventually.” 
  3. Perhaps start an internal, optional discussion roundtable for people to pitch ideas. Not ideas that would traditionally end up on our Product Wishlist or Insights board, the “really crazy” ideas that may be incredible, leapfrogging ideas. Even the most absurd sounding idea may have a thread to pull that leads us to something more feasible. 

The important thing is not to just explore my own ideas, but allow a wider audience to introduce ideas that I probably didn’t think of on my own. My goal is to be more adventurous with ideas as a whole; not just my own. :grin:

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I look forward to hearing how your third approach works out @david.morgan. I find group brainstorming sessions to be beneficial and inspiring. They are such a great way to get a variety of different ideas and improve upon individual team members' ideas. They also allow you to learn more about how your team members think through problems, what they find important, etc. So please keep us in the loop on how everything goes in the coming months!

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