Last summer, we started working with OKRs to define the company priorities. We have just begun our third cycle; so it’s time to share our learnings.
Welcome! I'm Javier, co-founder and CPO at Ontruck, leading a 50 people team. Here I share my learnings on product, innovation and management.
We talk a lot about MVPs, but once the startup has validated its product market fit and the team is growing, we stop being lean. We believe we can do bigger projects now that we have bigger teams. We forget that startups are measured by their speed of learning and adaptation.
One of the traditional battles between PM and PD is how much to implement of a particular feature. This dichotomy has one central false assumption: If you do less, it means you are releasing with less quality.
We are in the middle of a refactor and redesign of one our products. To be more predictable, and reduce the risk, the squad is applying the following principles to the project. They won’t be new for many of you, but it’s healthy to remind them.
Ontruck is one of the fastest growing European startups of the last years. We have done some reflection on which People related things have gone well or not so well.
At Ontruck, we spend less time on the Design and Build phase. And we spend more time on Research and Scope. Why do we work like this? Does this produce better outcomes?
This is one of the greatest books I’ve ever read about innovation. I’ve loved every part of it. It’s long, sometimes it goes deep into technical explanations but Jon Gertner has done a really good job sharing the first steps, the world-changing innovations developed at Bell Labs and the end of it.
We have developed a product process we follow on every new feature or project. We have iterated over this process for many months and it has been used by both senior and junior people.
The second book I’ve read this year has been Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun. I’ll probably do more talks this year so I wanted to read some feedback from professional speakers.
The first book I’ve read this year was "Sprint: How to solve big problems and test new ideas in just five days". This is a book written by three partners of Google Ventures on which they share a unique five-day process for solving tough problems, proven at more than a hundred companies.