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The move from product manager to leader is realizing that your biggest product is now the team itself.

Have you ever thought of your team as your most dynamic, challenging, and rewarding product? As I transitioned from a product manager to a product leader a few years ago, I had an epiphany – my team is the ultimate product I’m developing.


Because, like any great product, a team needs vision, iteration, feedback, and, most importantly, passion to grow. The specs? Diverse talents, strengths, and the occasional bug (we’re only human!). The roadmap? A journey towards innovation, efficiency, and impact.

Leading a team is like being at the helm of a spaceship. It’s not just about navigating the cosmos of market trends and product features; it’s about ensuring your crew is empowered, motivated, and aligned with the mission.

Armed with this revelation, I delved deeper into how product management methodologies and tools could be adapted and applied to foster a healthy organizational culture. It became evident that the principles guiding successful product development—agile methodologies, user feedback loops, iterative design, and cross-functional collaboration—were equally effective in organizational development. This exploration led me to innovate in how we approach team dynamics, communication, and continuous improvement, treating the organization itself as a 'product' that requires thoughtful design, regular feedback, and constant iteration to meet the evolving needs of its 'users'—our team members. This approach is part of my upcoming book 'Organisation as a Product', which will be released in Summer 2024.

So, here’s to all the product leaders out there sculpting the future organisations, one team at a time. Remember, the best product you’ll ever work on is not measured in features or releases but in aspirations, achievements, and the collective spirit of your crew.

Let's embrace the challenge, enjoy the process, and lead with empathy and inspiration. After all, the success of our "product" defines the legacy we leave behind.


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