Inspiration: Take time to work on the business...

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 Take time to work on the business, not just in the business.—Richard Rhodes

According to some surveys, product managers and product marketing managers spend up to 50% of their time in unplanned activities. They’re the janitors of the product, cleaning up the messes made by others. 

As many of us approach the end of the fiscal year, now is the time to look beyond product firefighting and plan to start the new year with a leadership view. Take time to work on the business. Let’s look beyond the daily product difficulties and perform some retrospectives. And not just development process retrospectives -- extend your view to the business objectives and your business planning processes and also your market review and market successes. 

What will you do differently next year? Take time to work on the business. Look at your product process from from idea to retrospective.