Product Thinking explained

The three key ingredients when creating effectiveness

Customers, markets and technologies don’t stand still, yet it’s all too easy for businesses to make important decisions without accounting for the fact that change is inevitable.

Product Thinking, a more progressive approach to planning and rolling out work, recognises that experiences should develop alongside the evolving expectations of customers, that adaptability is vital, and that constantly moving forward and improving is the only way to stay ahead.

What is Product Thinking?

A Product Thinking approach involves prioritising work that’ll make the biggest commercial impact, and constantly looking for ways to make the brilliant products you’ve created even better.

The pillars of Product Thinking

Prioritising the work that’ll make the biggest commercial impact, and constantly looking for ways to make the brilliant products you’ve created even better.

 

Do the right thing

Implementing a clear framework for decision making and focusing on human-centred design and outcomes rather than deliverables.

Do it the right way

Using lean delivery practices to build, measure and learn, releasing early and often with continual insight-driven iteration and refinement, while applying modern engineering principles (such as decoupled architecture, TDD and continuous deployment).

Do it together

Removing the silos of an organisation for speed and effectiveness and aligning the entire culture towards shared goals and metrics, with autonomy in teams to find the best way forward.

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By fostering this non-siloed culture based around clearly-defined goals in their organisation, businesses can stay agile and more immediately correlate investment with commercial return.

It’s an approach we consistently apply to the digital products we create here at Code Computerlove, and we’ve helped numerous clients adopt a Product Thinking approach internally too.

Who's using Product Thinking?

Everyone from manufacturers to digital agencies like us apply Product Thinking. A ‘digital effectiveness’ survey we conducted in collaboration with Econsultancy revealed that many top performing businesses are taking on its characteristic behaviours.

The report demonstrated some of the differences in mindset between respondents that are outperforming or performing well, and those who aren’t.

It revealed that top performers are more likely to be looking to ‘increase customer lifetime value’ than their mainstream counterparts (68% vs. 47%). Similarly, they’re aiming to ‘speed up their performance’ (50% vs. 38%), ‘improve the integration of the business’ (49% vs. 30%), ‘achieve defined deliverables’ (46% vs. 27%) and ‘develop internal knowledge and capabilities’ (40% vs. 27%).

Taken together, these aims very much reflect the Product Thinking approach.

Further reading

From Code

Beginners Guide to Agile
https://www.codecomputerlove.com/blog/a-beginners-guide-to-agile

Product Thinking case studies
https://www.codecomputerlove.com/blog/product-thinking-case-studies

How Our Product Thinking Approach Helped Hillarys Boost Revenue by £2.6 million
https://www.codecomputerlove.com/blog/product-thinking-case-study-hillarys

From around the web

Mind the Product’s Martin Eriksson on product leadership
https://blog.intercom.com/mind-the-product-martin-eriksson/

Product thinking is problem solving
https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/article/product-thinking-is-problem-solving

The pursuit of effectiveness
https://www.iancarroll.com/2015/02/12/in-the-pursuit-of-effectiveness/

The Laloux cultural model
https://youtu.be/g0Jc5aAJu9g