We all know that eventually our products will be put to rest, but we don't like to talk about it much. It's far more exciting to think about the early days of our product's life when it's learning to walk, learning new words, maybe reading its first book. But what about the end of life? What happens then? Have you planned (or even thought) about that? No one wants your product to go to probate - so how can you start planning now for that eventual end? Do you want to donate vital organs so other products may use them? Do you need to ensure that a child of your product can continue living in your framework? Who gets the proceeds of your product estate - or do you leave it all to the dog?... And how can you use that thought process now to shape your product's life and vision?
Anna Bliss is a Product Manager, podcaster, and community leader. Anna has worked in the tech arena for over 15 years taking a circuitous route to product management with roles ranging from business analyst to technical writer to project coordinator. These varied roles, along with some entirely unrelated to software development (such as theatrical scenic design) have built up a unique skill set that she wasn’t entirely sure how to integrate until she stumbled on product management. A liberal arts major at heart, Anna loves the interdisciplinary nature of the technology world. She is co-founder of the Twin Cities Product Community and co-host of the Women in Tech Twin Cities podcast.