Recently, I was at mentioned on Twitter with a question posed to a number of Product Managers inquiring if we “imbibe sustainability in the product plan.” The use of the word imbibe in this case references, “to take or receive into the mind, as knowledge, ideas, or the like” and sustainability I interpreted to be, “able to be maintained or kept going, as an action or process; pertaining to a system that maintains its own viability by using techniques that allow for continual reuse.” My knee-jerk response would be, “of course, who wouldn’t!”
Then, I started to think about it. Sustainability is only part of the package of considerations that should be taken when putting together an effective product plan. There are four interconnected
The act of designing the product foundation on sustainability means putting an emphasis on continued use. The core components of what is built need to adhere to a basic simplicity so they can easily be maintained over time and upgraded with minimal effort so as not to minimize the impact upon related features.
There are cost efficiencies to be had by building with sustainability in mind. Continuity saves
Are there core elements that can easily be used to quickly develop new features on or create new line extensions from?