Friday, April 23, 2021

The art of juggling goslings

A little over a year ago I started a new job, Product Management of a major offering in my company.

It has been challenging to get back to posting in my blog, but in a conversation with my new boss, we discussed what has become in the last 24 hours, a series of personal revelations.

I'll paraphrase,

As a Product Manager, you start your day juggling all of the needful things.  

On a good day, some of the work actions get completed.  Some of the work gets assigned out.

You keep juggling all of the remaining items.

At the end of the day, you need to walk away.  Let the objects fall to the floor, because tomorrow:

    You will pick them all up again and start juggling, just like the day before.

I'm posting this, more for my continued recollection than anything else.  

I thought I was doing a great job on those days where I had addressed every request, from Teams to Email.  Which, of course, becomes increasingly improbably when the volume, both literal and figuratively, exceed a single person's ability to hear.

As it turns out, someone that really does have an expectation will find a way of reaching you for an input to their issue, if it is truly important to them, and not simply taking a pass on their work.