Business kid in digital world — an introduction

Blogging can be quite an arrogant art at times I find. Certainly I would feel it arrogant if I started blogging on my experiences as a Digital product manager without so much as a word of introduction.

Why? Well, 2 years ago, I probably would have pegged myself at around a 2 out of 10 on the digital literacy spectrums I have grown to now know and love. Then I was working as a Contract Manager in government, managing the formalities and relationships between a government agency and solicitors. My knowledge of the new world I was about to be thrust into could have fit onto one side of a Bitcoin.

I was an avid user of certain social media, enjoyed the latest tech as much as the next person, and was seen as the “go-to” member of the family for when my Dad needed help with his PC or my mum with her router. That was about the limit.

One small records management system delivery later (in 10 weeks no less — Ithankyou) and I was heading to work in the glorious, if a little scary world of the Ministry of Justice Digital team. Back to the future again, and the epiphany I had 2 years ago has pretty much formed into a career path. I am now one of the most experienced Product Managers in our department and have taken products from inception to live with no limited success.

I had always marvelled at how many people in work scenarios made things so overly complex for little return, so finding the world of agile software development made me feel like I had found a nice, cosy new home — one I probably should have been looking harder for before. That isn’t to say that it hasn’t been a massive learning curve sometimes feeling exactly like that wall at the end of the Ninja Warrior course.

I think I have some insights and stories to share though — particularly when it comes to delivering iteratively in a world where waterfall software development is not only commonplace, but also very popular.

I’ll let you be the judges of how useful my musings are though. I wouldn’t want to be accused of arrogance, after all.

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