Product people chase innovation. Sometimes we grow frustrated by how much time it takes “to get there” and how many barriers to innovation stand in our way. We’ve been led to believe that sprinting as fast as we can toward innovation will help us catch that lightning in a bottle. All the while failing to consider that innovation is a long game.
Imagine the irony, says Jake Knapp, who joins Sean and Paul in this episode of the Product Momentum Podcast. The goal of the design sprint is not to help us move faster – at least not in the short term. It’s to get us to slow down. To pause, even for just a few days, by breaking down barriers and making time for one thing that really matters.
Three key takeaways from our conversation with Jake:
- Be aware of the defaults in life that rob your attention, energy, and time.
- Ask yourself: “what keeps me up at night?” And then listen closely for the answer.
- Innovation is authentic and different and unique. It is the product of clarity in your mind and harmony in your heart.
Jake’s Recommended Reading
The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin.
There There: A novel, by Tommy Orange.
Previously, Jake helped build products like Gmail, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft Encarta. He is currently among the world’s tallest designers.