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People play an important role in product teams, people have traits similar to animals and understanding these traits is both important and significant as it helps product companies develop the right ...

People play an important role in product teams, people have traits similar to animals and understanding these traits is both important and significant as it helps product companies develop the right teams. Teams which can deliver products in the right time. The presentation gives a perspective on the people correlating them to the traits shown by hunting animals and then draws some conclusions.

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    People in a product team People in a product team Presentation Transcript

    • Building product is not about having a large team to manage. It is about having a small team with the right people on it. People Fred Wilson
    • About Me ~15 years | ~12 products | Various roles Name Gaurav Marwaha Current Associated with Nucleus Software, having complete ownership of new product development for loan origination product for banks/ NBFCs. Driving the technology teams to deliver an internally re-usable product development framework. Past Have successfully lead & contributed to multiple product teams in different domains (GIS/ Health/ e-Governance) Technology Java/ big-data/ analytics/ Spring/ ESB (Camel)/ Mobile/ Social Product Conceptualization, Design, Development, Maintenance, EOL, Strategy & roadmap Soft Team building, coaching, mentoring LinkedIn http://in.linkedin.com/in/gauravmarwaha/
    • The natural instincts and behavior of some animals has been mapped to human behavior for a long time. Psychometric tests try to relate the inner nature of a person to traits found in animals. Even in the horoscope each sign is represented by an animal which people associate to and believe that they have the traits shown by that animal. This presentation tries to do the reverse it will characterize some hunting animals and their selected traits then map them to people. Without making any references to real people/ names the presence of these traits in people has been the results of observations done over long periods of working with people from across different geographies of the world. Introduction Fascination with nature
    • People & Product Development Table Of Contents A brief on various hunting animals and their traits Animals & Their Traits Applying the traits identified to product development teams Applicability to Product Teams Crystallizing some thoughts from what has been discussed/ presented Conclusions 1 2 3 References and links to pictures/ articles/ other material if used from Internet References 4
    • A brief on various hunting animals and their traits Animals & Their Traits 1
    • Tigers The tiger is the largest of all cats, they are territorial and generally solitary and require large contiguous areas of habitat. They like to hunt mostly large animals, normally hunt alone. They can kill prey which weighs more than 6 times the weight of the tiger.
    • Gray Wolves Gray wolves are apex predators. They live in nuclear families called packs and are social animals. Wolves are highly territorial animals. They hunt in packs (5-6) and first isolate the prey from the group then hunt it together. They hunt animals of mid size like deer. The wolves can communicate expressions to members in their pack.
    • African Wild Dogs African wild dogs are social, live in packs of 10 or more. They hunt together after chasing the prey over long distances. Members of the pack communicate during hunts to synchronize attacks. They hunt smaller animals like calves/ cattle.
    • Pet Hunting Dogs As the name suggests these are dogs domesticated by humans, they help humans in hunts by following scents, recovering animals and barking to flush out prey. Hunting dogs do not hunt for themselves but for the human that is they help in the hunt.
    • Sheep Sheep do not hunt, there are very few to none wild sheep. Most of the species are domesticated by humans and they provide wool to us.
    • Notable Traits Largest Low to Nil Super Fast 1 Territory Hunting Team CountSocial/ Cohabitation Speed of Hunting Large Medium Fast 5 Medium High Slow 10-15 NA Very High NA NA NA Ultra High NA NA
    • Applying the traits identified to product development teams Applicability to Product Teams 2
    • Product Development Relationship to hunting • Time to hunt is critical as time to market • Nature of product and complexity is similar to the size of prey being hunted • Ground to cover or the territory/ environment poses unique challenges • Many times the first attack/ solution is critical for success Hunting Product Dev
    • Correlation The hunt aka Product Development GOAL: Product in least time & cost 1 2 3 4 Complexity Team Skills Agility/ Dexterity Salary/ Cost The vastness of the territory can be correlated to the complexity of the problem. More complicated the problem more exploration on possible solutions needs to be done. A product is not built single handedly it needs a team of course there are exceptions to all rules. But overall team/ social skills play an important role in product teams. The speed with which the team/ person delivers work. Alignment to the business problem and subsequent pace at which the solution is delivered is a key metric. What is the cost to maintain the team/ person? An important consideration for overall P&L statements and low costs keep the CFOs/ investors happy. RELATIONSHIP TO PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
    • Territory Hunting Team CountSocial/ Cohabitation Speed of Hunting Correlation The hunt aka Product Development GOAL: Product in least time & cost 1 2 3 4 Complexity Team Skills Agility/ Dexterity Salary/ Cost The vastness of the territory can be correlated to the complexity of the problem. More complicated the problem more exploration on possible solutions needs to be done. A product is not built single handedly it needs a team of course there are exceptions to all rules. But overall team/ social skills play an important role in product teams. The speed with which the team/ person delivers work. Alignment to the business problem and subsequent pace at which the solution is delivered is a key metric. What is the cost to maintain the team/ person? An important consideration for overall P&L statements and low costs keep the CFOs/ investors happy. RELATIONSHIP TO PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
    • • Good: Fast, powerful, pre cise, self-guided • Bad: Loner, needs complicated problems, costly Tigers • Good: Quiet fast, work in team, planning, me dium cost • Bad: Slow, smaller prey Wolves • Good: Plan, can pursue prey, team spirit, low cost • Bad: Slow, too much noise, may not solve complex problems Wild Dogs • Good: Domesticated, doe s as instructed, low cost • Bad: Not self driven, need instructions Hunt Dogs To Summarize
    • Crystallizing some thoughts from what has been discussed/ presented Conclusions 2
    • The Right Person Humans are more complicated than animals How important are team skills, what is the team size and roles? 2 Agility 3Cost 4Complexity 1 Team Skills Where is the nearest competitor, in how much time is the delivery expected? Adaptability to change. What is the problem, has it been done before? What is the total cost which can be borne? How long can we go on bearing the cost? Note The right candidate for the product team is a mix of these traits but the key factor is identifying the weightages. Assuming of course technical fitment.
    • Wait, are these the only categories? No there is one more worth mentioning before any conclusions are made.
    • The Grandmasters The grand masters may not look or sound like hunters, they exist only in the human world. These humble beings can create tigers/ wolves/ dogs/ sheep. That is they can coach/ mentor the right candidates and get them to the desired levels.
    • Grandmaster - Facts • Difficult to identify/ find • Should not be confused with a trainer • Shifu could see that the ferocity & training of the four Kung-fu warriors was not enough. And he could guide a so called stupid/ lazy Panda to be the greatest of them all. • Grandmasters in product development can similarly coach and mentor others to become great warriors/ hunters/ team players. • Assuming there is time to coach/ mentor or bring up the skills from X to Y. • The grandmasters can help to strategize, plan, design, build teams and execute; this is a hard to find trait.
    • Conclusions CLEAR MISSION & GOALS Like a hunt the product team needs clear mission & goals. Points of failure and success should be clearly defined. Milestones should be carefully planned. THE TEAM Sheep in a team of tigers can be dragging and vice versa can be bloody. Inter- dependencies and relations play and important part in the overall goal of achieving success. WHACK JOBS Are important and loners who are low on inter-personal skills are best at such times. Shaking the comfort zones and getting things back on track. GRANDMASTERS Are like guiding beacons and help groom talent, stable product companies will have more of these. They hold the pillars together and help in grooming of talent.
    • References and links to pictures/ articles/ other material if used from Internet References 4
    • References Attribution to blogs/ images and other links Kungfu Panda – the movie Wikipedia for knowledge on animals and pictures Basic template from Microsoft
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