"Thinking in Frameworks" - Resources Please

Hello everybody

When confronting a novel or uncertain situation, I want to get better at thinking in “frameworks.”

Are there any generic resources that anyone can recommend on how to achieve this?

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I’m not really sure what it means to think in frameworks. However, frames are merely instruments that use in bringing order to a situation. Reading about tools is the only way to become familiar with them. Recognize their applications and the issues they are intended to resolve. After some time and effort, you’ll be able to enter a scenario, identify the issues you’re dealing with, and identify the resources you may use to remedy those issues.

There are no short cuts, just practise and study, in my opinion. which is identical to what engineering colleagues are doing. determining when and when to adopt new programming languages, libraries, and frameworks.

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@NaomiNwosu, You nailed it. I want to add more tools to my arsenal, and the only way to do that is to educate myself on them.

You say, “Reading about tools is the only way to become familiar with them.” Bingo.

What books do you recommend I read?

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Here is my current list of suggestions.

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I understand what you’re aiming at. I’ve already been there.
Learn:

  • Diamond Double Method
  • Use of a Lean Model Canvas / Business Model Canvas
  • The five whys of root cause analysis

While you learn those things and practise them enough, they will automatically come to mind when you are tackling new issues.

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“Strategic Thinking in Complex Problem Solving” is a great book. It provides a framework applicable to almost any problem.

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In the middle of reading Super Thinking. Very dense book on hundreds of mental models

Super Thinking: Upgrade Your Reasoning and Make Better Decisions with Mental Models

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I would recommend, the article Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions.

I personally read this in the start of my project management journey to understand more about the tools that can assist me in making decisions. Because it introduces so many various mental models, it could be daunting, but with time and experience, you’ll learn which one to apply when.

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Product Manifesto: https://www.productmanifesto.com

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@ShiyaoLiu, I’ve been interested in this, but when will it actually be available? Seems to have been in development for a while now.

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Not sure. But I meant product manifesto as in the 10 principles for building better products, which is on the website right now. I think it’s a great foundation for PMs from a framework perspective.

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An article by Amy Mitchell which might be helpful, some thoughts on working on ambiguous projects:

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Think about whether or how a framework would be received in your organization or on your team. Prior to developing a PM framework, I conducted discovery interviews and discovered that the majority of product teams use a Frankenstein framework that they pieced together over time by adopting elements of several frameworks.

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@JesusRojas, My business clearly operates in the Frankenstein manner. Use anything the hell you want as long as it is suitable for your team, product and environment.

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@JuanAllo, Yes, I routinely encounter that. At a certain level of scale, the consistency of frameworks across teams becomes interesting. For example, take the frameworks that appear to be functioning well throughout the organisation and share them with everyone so they may adopt if they think it acceptable. This is where I see the Product Ops person / team trying to help, to make it more efficient across teams.

In the end, frameworks are really just tools for communication, so before spending a lot of time utilizing one, find out what the individuals with whom you are collaborating (design, engineering, executives) think about new frameworks.

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Unpopular opinion: Formal frameworks are never more effective than tacit business intuition, a solid grasp of the context in which you operate, and a strategy that is specific to your business or product.