It’s difficult to feel the tension between yourself and other team members when you have differing ideas about how products should be built. Standing up for user needs is sometimes seen as an inconvenience when battling against crushing development deadlines. It’s even more difficult to feel this way when user experience isn’t valued as highly as it should be.
Throughout my teenage years I played the guitar and sang in a few different bands, and I even tried my hand at being a singer/songwriter. Reflecting on those experiences now as a Product Manager, I can see many similarities in the way Agile product and software development teams work compared to a rock band.
As a Product Manager who also wears the UX Designer hat within my organisation, it is my responsibility to ensure that we provide value for both the user through a good experience and our business by delivering bug-free software that is built in a cost-effective manner.
What struck me most about watching the BBC’s Olympic coverage on the middle Sunday evening was not just the plethora of Gold medals that had been won by Team GB throughout the day at Rio 2016 (and the potential for even more to come) but what Sir Chris Hoy said about game changers.