Pentagon Wars – A Product Management Lesson From Hollywood

From the 1997 film The Pentagon Wars on how NOT to build a troop carrier or any product for that matter.

Key Takeaways for Product Managers (what went wrong):

  1. Consulting the wrong people.
  2. Not saying NO when necessary (although, to be fair, in a military environment, NOes are usually a no-no), and
  3. Ending up with feature bloat that results in a product that is wildly different from what it was intended to be

Sound familiar?

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