Managing Work in Progress as a Product Manager

Speed up by increasing focus

Why high Work in Progress is bad

Bad for morale

Context switching

Worse collaboration and quality

Environment changes

Slower learning

When Work in Progress is good

Parallelizing fast and slow

Parallelizing discovery and delivery

Being responsive

Reducing Work in Progress

Have a clear product strategy

Relentlessly focus

Say no to good ideas

Proactively plan capacity

Be okay with slack

Defer even critical projects

Stop (or back burner) work



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