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January 03, 2014

Product Management Is Just Like Chicken Ranching

I genuinely love a good metaphor more than anyone, and the first day back to work in 2014 brought me this. I very loosely quote:

“It’s like you’re a farmer with 100 chickens but only one bucket of corn to last the entire winter. You can do what initially seems like the only humane thing to do and feed them each a tiny little bit, but they’ll all eventually starve and your farm’s out of business. Or you can do the hard work of picking the five toughest chickens and just feed them, and you’ll have the beginnings of a kickass flock next spring.”

It’s like choosing which features to work on, or which opportunity to invest in when you’ve got limited resources, just with more hay. And more poop.