Essays/linkedin/24-01-23 we are better at adding

First published:

Last Edited:

Number of edits:

­čô▒ We are much better at solving problems by adding features than by subtracting them. That's why we so often fall into the trap of creating feature-dumps instead of amazing products.

I remember the first time I had to plan a product roadmap from scratch.

I started adding every single thing imaginable: multiple laser colors, automation, sample identification, automatic logging.

I think I was just 1 week shy of adding the option of making coffee.

Being constrained in resources helped me identify what were the most important features (and which ones I was able to deliver). The other options were put in the backlog, but they were not discarded. Some day there will be time to put them back into the instrument.

Then, the trial by fire with users and customers arrived.

It's impossible to meet everyone's full range demands, and the entrepreneur's (or product owner) astuteness comes into play to decide on the roadmap.

However, little is discussed about the inability to remove features in order to solve problems.

It's much more evident to keep adding. Perhaps we can extend the range of users with a multi-color laser. Perhaps people will like it if we also add a sample auto-loader.

It's extremely hard to acknowledge that perhaps the solution is to go back through to product's evolutionary tree and follow a different branch.

How much cognitive effort do you think it took to remove the keyboard from the iPhone?


Backlinks

These are the other notes that link to this one.

Nothing links here, how did you reach this page then?

Comment

Share your thoughts on this note
Aquiles Carattino
Aquiles Carattino
This note you are reading is part of my digital garden. Follow the links to learn more, and remember that these notes evolve over time. After all, this website is not a blog.
© 2021 Aquiles Carattino
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
Privacy Policy