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Empowered Product Teams

By John Lafleur 1 minute read

TL;DR: A great summary of some key concepts from the “Inspired” book made by its author. What are the skills and techniques used by the best product teams at the best product companies to solve hard technology problems?

  • Great teams are comprised of ordinary people that are empowered and inspired.
  • They are empowered to solve hard problems in ways their customers love, yet work for their business.
  • They are inspired with ideas and techniques for quickly evaluating those ideas to discover solutions that work: they are valuable, usable, feasible and viable.
  • Truly empowered teams that produce extraordinary results don’t require exceptional hires. They do require people that are competent and not assholes, so they can establish the necessary trust with their teammates and with the rest of the company.
  • Truly empowered teams also need the business context that comes from the leadership – especially the product vision – and the support of their management, especially ongoing coaching, and then given the opportunity to figure out the best way to solve the problems they have been assigned.


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