- Avoid gut instinct – whether it’s a product, business or strategy decision, you’d better have evidence and validation in hand. Without the two, you’re letting someone else play politics without vital facts.
- Avoid being the gridlock – if you or your team lack a common product management language, consistent execution, collaboration and communications, you may be blindsided by “stealth” or unplanned projects by those with other motives.
- Avoid being valueless – visible and measurable contribution build value. Value builds credibility in product management. Without value, underlying politics will begin to question your value.
The list could go on, but there are things we should do. They include:
- Find ways to build value and credibility in product management and use this to fight how ignoring facts can damage the organization.
- Stay connected. Keeping your head down isn’t a smart alternative to self-preservation.
- Keep conversations open, honest and constructive. Every discussion and meeting needs an agenda, purpose and focus.
If you can’t make it, we’ll post the session and others will post via Twitter. Next week, I’ll bring more thoughts and insight to The Politics of Product Management.
In the meantime, check out these great links:
Company Politics are Counterproductive from a USA Today article 1994