I agree that there are principles about product development methods that could be applied to life in general. I came to a similar conclusion about careers after reading Lean Startup.
The role the employer offers is a product. The work that the employee completes is another product. Both products are forced upon each“target audience” with little validation that either audience wants the product being offered. In actuality, we have two products that must validate toward a synergized product that a customer wants.
Additionally, the career complex is driven by a slew of vanity metrics and career development solutions that offer little in the way of validation. How many people are accepting positions simply after sending a cover letter and resume and completing an interview or two?
A typical career is build-build-build, not build-measure-learn.
Where lean falls short though in respect to becoming a framework for career growth is that it leaves out the person validating him or herself against the targeted career opportunity. I’m aiming to fill this gap in the name of career validation. It looks something like-
- validate values and traits against an employment opportunity
- validate employment opportunity against an employer or market
A validation mindset is one thing that’s missing from our career pursuits.
BTW- love Trello too!