As Product Management leaders, enhancement requests come at us from all directions. But are all requests equal? And do customer requests supersede what is already on the roadmap? As your products become more mature and more complex, prioritization becomes more critical. Several coalescing experiences over the past week reminded me the answer isn’t always easy.
“We over-exaggerate yesterday, we over-estimate tomorrow, and we under-estimate today.” – John Maxwell
I was listening to a podcast this morning on the way in to work, and honestly my mind was elsewhere … I wasn’t really engaged in the discussion … until the speaker quoted this little gem from John Maxwell.
For the remainder of the drive in, it was all I could think about. Take each piece independently … how often do we look forward to something in the future only to find our expectations of the event were bigger than the event itself? How often do we find ourselves reliving past successes (or failures for that matter)? How often do we miss the near and present opportunities because we are too focused on either the future or the past?
Well, maybe. But that isn’t the end I was thinking about. As the month of September draws in and the end of the year looms over the horizon, the end is in sight but the outcome may not yet be decided.
If we were to think about it from the context of a sporting event, we are entering the 4th quarter (football), the 7th inning stretch (baseball), the last 15 minutes of the game (soccer). Perhaps you have another example that fits. Regardless, either the game plan has gone well, and it is time to fortify the troops … or adjustments are necessary in order to make one final push towards changing the outcome.
And with that comes a question … how are you doing?
Yes, I admit it … I am a bit of a science fiction junkie. I spent many hours soaking in the original Star Trek series growing up. So to hear the news that Mr. Spock/Leonard Nimoy has passed on is cause for reflection.
So, in honor of Mr. Spock and how he has influenced my views on leadership, following are a few of my favorite quotes along with some thoughts:
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven
Whether you attribute this quote to the song from the mid 1960s from The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn!), or go even further back to its original source from King Solomon, the context implies a sense of change … that over the course of time, things are not going to stay the same.