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70-20-10 Learning/Working Model

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The 70-20-10 model accredited to Lombardo & Eichinger (1996) suggests that lessons learned by successful and effective managers are roughly 70% from tough jobs, 20% from people (mostly the boss), and 10% from courses and reading. Together, Wargnier and Jennings explore the role of new technology in the implementation of the 70-20-10 training model, drawing on their combined 60 years of experience in the training field.

This also goes on time allocation on forward thinking basis -

A Product Manager’s 70/20/10

While Google likely has a longer time horizon than your company, its allocation approach makes sense if you just compress the timespan.

I think the ideal mix of a PM’s time is 70% on the coming weeks, 20% on up to a quarter out, and 10% further out than that. This maps neatly to my post on roadmaps: 70/20/10 on #now/#next/#later.

Avoid the trap of spending 95% of your time on reactive tasks. You will never leave room to come up with, nurture, and develop the big new ideas that change the trajectory of your product.

And this works across multiple discipline as well:

  • Designers: 70% on the visual specs for upcoming features, 20% exploring new features, and 10% on wireframes for entirely new concepts/styles.
  • Engineers: 70% building features and fixing bugs, 20% on prototyping fledgling ideas or exploratory data analysis, and 10% on speculative initiatives like a 10x performance improvement.
  • Sales: 70% on closing deals, 20% on bigger I/Os for the next quarter, and 10% on long-term relationships with agencies and big advertisers.

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March 31st, 2015 at 6:36 pm

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