Product development is like gardening


I was recently reminded of the analogy between product development and gardening. I think it’s a great analogy because:

  1. You can’t just plant something and leave it unattended – it needs to be nurtured.
  2. If you don’t nurture it, it will die.
  3. The bigger it gets, the more people you need to nurture it.
  4. A dieing part of a garden reflects poorly on the overall garden.
  5. If a part of the garden is not contributing to the greater good, cull it.
  6. There’s a complex ecosystem at play, changing one part will impact other parts.
  7. You shouldn’t wait for the garden to be fully finished before you enjoy it.
  8. Walking through a well nurtured garden is a wonderful experience.

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