A Goldilocks Approach to Product Management Performance

Too hot…too cold… just right.


Let’s take a spin on Goldilocks and learn from this infographic. How can you get your product management performance to be at just the right temperature.


Product management is, in many ways, what determines the success of a product. It all lies in a well-operating product life-cycle at the mercy of the product manager’s level of performance.


Important factors include how well you work under stress, how well your development process performs, and how well you are able to lead your development team.


But how do you define the ultimate balance? What is the magic number, so to say, that includes the perfect amount of pressure to drive you to perform at your best, along with an adequate amount of calm that doesn’t push you over the edge?


Obviously the balance is different for every personality out there, but I think there are some key guidelines that can be applied universally.


Being too comfortable doesn’t lead to great productivity but on the other hand, feeling too much pressure can cause a person to simply shut down. Boredom and burnout are both not ideal.


The need to impress your superiors and coworkers along with simply wanting your product to succeed should drive you to push yourself slightly over your limits, while retaining a sense of cal, while not feeling too overwhelmed. It’s all about balance.




When you feel pressure you should also feel serenity simultaneously which will allow you to continue with your work. Good results come from motivated and rational work.


No one can work successfully under too much pressure, but don’t be afraid to push yourself and your team out of your comfort zones once and awhile. After all, the only way Goldilocks found her perfect match was after finding out which options didn’t work for her. 


Mark is the Lead Author & Editor of Spectechular Blog. Mark established the Spectechular blog to create a source for news and discussion about some of the issues, challenges, news, and ideas relating to Product Management.