On pirates, working less, and that old one about the Ford Taurus


Happy 5W-1h Sunday.

Here’s your dose of What? Who? Where? When? Why? How?, a curation of articles, podcasts and videos that piqued my curiosity this week.


WHO are we solving problems for?

Product Managers face so many challenges on a regular basis that it would be tough to cover the breadth and depth of issues in one sitting. Product Management is a juggling act of market changes, multiple stakeholder opinions, customer demands, feature bloat, technical complications and debt, and so much more.

The Biggest Challenges Facing Product Managers | Joe Newbert (Text at Newbert’s Blog)

WHAT would working less hours solve?

There are strong indications that in a modern knowledge economy, even working 40 hours a week is too much. It’s no coincidence that the world’s wealthy countries, those with a large creative class and highly educated populations, have also shaved the most time off their workweeks.

How working less could solve all our problems. Really. | Rutger Bregman (Text at Ted)

WHY do decentralised teams work better?

Teams in radically decentralized networks are often self-managed and highly autonomous. And these teams are often very small. They rarely consist of more than 15 people. But why are self-managed teams in these networks typically so small? There are very good reasons.

Solve Communication Complexity With Networks Of Small Teams | Joost Minnaar (Text at Corporate Rebels)

WHERE are our competition?

According to numerous business experts, appropriate market analysis is a crucial component of a successful business. If you don’t adequately assess your competition or sector before starting your business, you run the risk of not properly understanding the best ways to establish your business effectively. 

Understanding Porter’s Five Forces Model (How to Use It + Template) | Natalia Zhukova (Text at Semrush)

WHEN will the project be delivered?

The Taurus was a success, launched to a fanfare, with numerous performance, design, safety, and reliability awards to its name. Yet when the original five-year project was completed, the project manager was sacked because it was late by three months.

That old one about the Ford Taurus | Joe Newbert (Text at Newbert’s Blog)

HOW can I be more pirate?

Sam Conniff and Alex Barker’s books ‘Be More Pirate’ and ‘How to Be More Pirate’ have sparked a movement of people around the world who want to shake things up, to create new business models and systems that are better for people and planet.

Ep. 62 Alex Barker and Sam Conniff on what we can learn from being more pirate | Lisa Gill (Audio at Leadermorphosis)

And, as always, please give feedback on Twitter. Whose piece above stood out for you? What would you like more or less of? Other ideas? Please let me know. Just send a tweet to @joenewbert and put #5W1H at the end so I can find it.

Keep growing.


P.S. What’s your favourite business fable?