Are you playing tug-of-war ?

Here's an incredible analogy from Incipient(thoughts): "Picture a team--say, six people--arranged in a circle around a round manhole. Each person on the team is holding on to one end of a rope, the other end being attached to a four- or five-foot pole which dangles into the manhole. The team's objective is that the lower end of the pole should NOT, under any circumstance, touch the walls of the manhole, while keeping the upper end as high as possible. This is constructed as an exercise in balance. The team's collective responsibility is to keep the pole centered. If someone pulls too hard on their end of the rope, they will cause the team to fail just as surely as if they failed to pull hard enough. 'Work' in this metaphor is achieved by pulling hard. 'Value' is achieved by keeping the pole dead center and high. "

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson was a founding instructor at Pragmatic Institute, a role he held for more than 15 years before he left to start Under10 Playbook. In his return to Pragmatic Institute, Steve supports the complete learning path for product teams, ensuring they are fully armed for success. 

Over the course of his career, Steve has helped thousands of companies and tens of thousands of product professionals implement product management processes. He has worked in the high-tech arena since 1981, rising through the ranks from product manager to chief marketing officer. Steve has experience in technical, sales and marketing management positions at companies that specialize in both hardware and software. In addition, he is an author, speaker and advisor on product strategy and product management.


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