ThoughtWorks is a strategic partner for organizations developing ambitious technology driven innovation. We bring together strategy, design, technology and adoption in one agile innovation team, tackling unique boundary pushing opportunities.
Early in an innovation initiative there are two key drivers of success. First, stretching beyond small ideas. Second, making sure that a bold vision can be made actionable. The Product Strategist takes a lead role in meeting both of these goals. They help understand complex problem spaces and breaking free of traditional constraints, imagine bold possibilities. They take these ambitious missions and define the ecology of assets, services and actions that act as the foundation for an actionable product solution.
As a Product Strategist, here’s what you can do at ThoughtWorks:
Starting early in the sales cycle (often in the first client meeting) and continuing through the beginning of software development, you will lead collaborative working sessions, leveraging a big picture outlook and systems thinking to bring order to messy and incomplete information.
You will play a key role in guiding the client, a business leader with big innovation needs, to imagine unique and original opportunities to create value. You are not expected to be the expert with all the answers. Instead, a multi-disciplinary background allows you to guide a joint exploration of possibilities that moves between different business, design and technical perspectives.
As a Product Strategist, you will evangelize complex ideas and abstract strategies by making them tangible, drawing on narrative storytelling, visual thinking, and strong presentation skills. As the innovation effort moves into delivery you will generally transfer responsibility for sustaining the vision to the Product Architect (or take on the Product Architect role yourself.) Then, as work progresses, you will periodically reconnect with the client and Product Architect to update and extend the vision. Create A Map of Their World: Take a client’s messy world, organize it, and lay it out for inspection. Create a structured view of a complicated opportunity space that provides a framework for thinking about market needs and solutions.
Shape Powerful Opportunities: Go beyond brainstorming. Guide participants in imagining complex opportunities that break with conventional and incremental thinking.
Architect a Big Picture Solution: Help determine which ideas are most powerful and worthy of pursuit. Take those ideas and create a holistic view of a solution that can guide planning.
Develop an Actionable Approach: Select an appropriate action strategy for implementing the innovation. Prepare for quick action and short iterative cycles of learning.
Be an Evangelist for the Vision: Help clients build a business cases and powerfully tell the opportunity story in terms stakeholders will understand.
Here’s what you’ll bring:
- The following traits have been associated with success in this role:
- You see existing systems, practices and thinking as malleable
- You get a buzz from, cool ideas, elegant solutions and creative synergies
- You have a history of connecting people who work in different spaces
- In creative situations, people quickly come to like and respect you
- You have a multidisciplinary background that is sometimes hard to explain
- You see patterns and think in terms of whole systems and ecologies
- During conversations you can organize, connect, and invent in “real time”
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