Reflections

Monday, December 4, 2017
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM 
Hawes 203

Please bring your laptop so you can complete the course evaluation at the end of the session.

 

We'll debrief on what you learned during the semester and preview PM102.

 

Assignment

BY 5PM ON SATURDAY DEC. 2, each individual student (NOT each project team) should submit on the "Dec 4 - Reflections" tab in the Assignment Master a Google Doc with an 800-word essay -- about eight paragraphs -- addressing the following topics:

  • How and why our product evolved. Three paragraphs or so should describe: 1) changes that your team has made to your product's strategy this semester, 2) why you made these changes, and 3) what you've learned from designing your product about the attributes of great products.

  • Assessment of discovery process. Three paragraphs or so should describe what you believe your team did well this semester in terms of managing the product discovery process (with respect to research; generating/evaluating potential solutions; wireframing; specifying requirements; lo-fi testing; etc.); process management mistakes you made; thoughts about what you might have done differently; and lessons learned from the process.

  • Personal/professional reflections. Two paragraphs or so should share what you have learned this semester about: 1) the role of the product manager or product-focused founder; and/or 2) your personal fit with those roles.

  • To maximize learning and to conform with academic standards for proper attribution, please complete your essay BEFORE you read a teammate's. Then, you are welcome to append your essay with a paragraph or so in response to their ideas. Please add these comments to your essay using brackets and a bolded "Appendix".

  • Please do not include the essay prompts above in your essay.

  • Finally, please put a “Y” or “N” in the blog column if you are open (or not) to sharing your reflection on the public website. We will select 2-3 reflections to post on the site for future rising EC students to read as part of their course selection and registration process.

 

Your team's PRD is due by 5 pm on Friday, Dec. 15, the final day of the exam period. Please submit your PRD as a Google Doc on the Assignment Master with commenting ON so Prof Austin and Keith can provide feedback.

Prof Austin will have extra office hours available Dec 11-13 for teams/individuals seeking feedback on their PRDs, seeking counsel on continuation into PM102, or and/or for general career advice. Keith also has online office hours available on 12/1, 12/8 and 12/15. 

Julia Austin, Senior Lecturer

Harvard Business School

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