Product Manager Day 84: What’s my 20%?

Today was one of those days where you had too many things on your plate, with more distractions trickling in throughout the day (troubleshooting, colleagues asking for opinions).

The question today was: What’s my 20%?

If you haven’t already, watch the Tim Ferriss Experiment (and if you don’t know Tim Ferriss, Google him). I’m a drummer myself, so I know that’s not enough to land you a gig. But it’s still inspirational and challenges your assumptions about learning.

One of the biggest concepts he champions is the 80/20 rule – finding out which 20% of the learning endeavour will give you 80% of the capability. Now the statistic isn’t so robust, but the concept is powerful – is what you’re spending most of your time on really contributing to the bottom line? (which isn’t always financial)


I jumped from Product Marketing to Product Management at Zalora recently. These posts represent a journal of my learnings and reflections. Feel free to connect on Twitter @wasabigeek.

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