Monday, December 2, 2019
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

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 answer any final questions about the PRD and about moving on to PM102.

Assignment

BY 5PM ON FRIDAY NOV 29, each individual student (NOT each project team) should submit on the "Nov 29 - 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 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. I 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. 13, 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 Christina can provide feedback.

Please be sure to schedule final team office hours with Prof Austin. We will discuss any last questions about your PRD and next steps as well as plans for continuation into PM102. You may also schedule 1:1 time for general career advice ANY TIME.

Finally, please note that while you still have plenty of time, we will need a commitment on continuation to PM102 by January 10, 2020. No rush, but if you already know you’re coming back (or not) please respond to this form. We’ll bug you more about this in December!

How is it possible that the semester is almost over??! 

Final Reflections

Julia Austin, Senior Lecturer

Harvard Business School

Rock Center 115