Allan Neill’s Product Management Show podcast (TPMS episode 43) had me humorously debating Steve Johnson, with Neeha Tummala as referee and Saeed Khan as guest host.
Steve represented the algorithmic approach to prioritization, and I stumped for stakeholder consensus. We didn’t take ourselves seriously, but reached for some colorful analogies. I likened product managers sharing roadmaps with nerdy teenagers trying to impress the cool kids in class. Saeed observed that “The product manager with one prioritization approach always knows what to do. The manager with multiple frameworks is never sure.”