I was chatting with a friend last night, and he mentioned that he’d run in to what seems to be a fairly common frustration.
He is employed at a startup that recently received series A funding. He’s been on the product design team since the very beginning.
Last week a stakeholder approached the design team and gave them a detailed description of exactly what they needed build next.
When the design team pushed back because the request seemed unrelated to the product vision, they were told that they had to add the feature because a competitor was offering it.
Sound familiar? When innovation takes a backseat to mimicry startups rarely survive. If you witness this starting to happen in your company, try your best to push back.