Problem solving with a hammer
Very true quote for those in software development
February 1, 2019 | matthew-townsend
Nailed it >.<
Passionate product owners tend have a strong belief in the power and abilities of the products and software they manage – and that’s a good thing, usually the result of a lot of hard work, coordinated effort, vision and understanding challenges clients face. But that belief can also be a weakness that produces poor outcomes if the problems every client is looking to solve start to just look like nails OR your approach to solving said problems is the same each time, for each nail.
Working closely with some product owners recently, I was reminded of the law of the instrument and Maslows quote.
Now I’m not sure which it is, but whether its a case of starting to view their product as a hammer to seemingly solve every clients goals or the hammer is in the approach taken to solving clients goals – the sub optimal outcome is the same.
Square peg syndrome
The other possibility is of course suffering from square peg syndrome, where that belief in the product is so strong that regardless of the hole we’re trying to solve the answer is square!