Six Templates for Aspiring Product Managers
Kevin Steigerwald

Excellent article and templates; I read your post twice.

As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote - “As to the methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.”

Your right to emphasize the principle of: Write everything down. (Whether you work in PM or not.)

I’ve been keeping serious statistical and business notes for my role within what I call a business journal. I have many other notebooks, scraps, random ideas, but I put the really good stuff into my business journal. It’s my attempt to work on what becomes the eventual tough problem of how one will organize their notes. Ted Nelson has said there really is no good way and he claims at one point to have filled out over a million 3x5 index cards of notes.

Really, the issue I’m always having is what your Weekly Recaps - template three, proposes to solve; which is how do we know what each other knows. This problem of knowledge diffusion, comprehension and fidelity transfer is a real passion of mine as process improvement professional and what I consider to be at the real essence of a process. So, I’ve spent a good deal of time reading on knowledge: philosophers, technologists, and practitioners. I’m leery of a good solution to all three areas but optimistic. (Follow: - Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA)

What I’m trying to do through this reply is draw that larger circle around how we write everything down as individuals, share the wisdom/knowledge with everyone while also making sure they actually know what we know/share. The final product being: unity amongst variety. (Which I believe everyone benefits from whether a specialist or not. Perhaps an assumption needing to be questioned.)

One last quote…

“The next Monday, when the fathers were all back at work, we kids were playing in a field. One kid says to me, “See that bird? What kind of bird is that?” I said, “I haven’t the slightest idea what kind of a bird it is.” He says, “It’s a brown-throated thrush. Your father doesn’t teach you anything!” But it was the opposite. He had already taught me: “See that bird?” he says. “It’s a Spencer’s warbler.” (I knew he didn’t know the real name.) “Well, in Italian, it’s a Chutto Lapittida. In Portuguese, it’s a Bom da Peida. In Chinese, it’s a Chung-long-tah, and in Japanese, it’s a Katano Tekeda. You can know the name of that bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird. You’ll only know about humans in different places, and what they call the bird. So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing — that’s what counts.” (I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.)”

Thank you for getting us all closer to actually knowing something! :]