everything is not a p0
come february 2020, i officially graduated from being a lone warrior to a people manager -- right from hiring, onboarding, helping folks grow from interns into full-time product marketers (that's a post for later). i was ready -- i was reading all the right books, talking to the right folks, i was prepared. we also had a new manager to lead the entire herd.
the mother of all learnings so far:
everything is not a p0 (even if everyone tells you otherwise)
for brevity, p0 loosely translates to the most important things to do to achieve a certain goal.
in an ideal scenario, what this means in action for me, my direct reports and my manager:
don't act, worry or get bothered about something that's not a p0
in reality, what this meant in action for
1. me - solving p0s
2. direct reports - understanding what is p0 and working on it step-by-step
3. my manager - worrying about p0s, p1s, p2s and talking to me (who's busy solving p0s) about them
when the reality kicked in, it was irritating and confusing:
- we had our goals lined up till march 2021, why hurry to solve everything right now?
- we are already in the midst of solving one problem, why add another?
- why didn't we think about these problems before hiring the team?
- there's enough visible progress, why focus on indicators that aren't important right now?
- while we had a plan till 2021, there was no monthly breakdown
- priorities weren't set in stone
- no leading indicators were agreed upon
- either there was a gap in communication or thought