One of the things I love about listening to developer-focused podcasts like Core Intuition and Under the Radar is that as I hear the devs working through issues and discussing things, I have my product manager hat on and I’m thinking through the reasons why maybe Apple did the APIs that way, or armchair quarterbacking the decisions the dev hosts made in building their products.
The latest Core Int was awesome for that. I ended up thinking through the Photos app drag and drop issue from Apple’s perspective where the full resolution photo might not be there at the time of the drag. I can picture the meetings where they had to work through the various workarounds and compromises that came with their iCloud Photo sync system.
Solving complex problems like that and trying find the best mix of compromises (there are always compromises) is what I love the most about being a product manager. I’m also fortunate to have a couple of very smart developers and an excellent UX/UI designer to collaborate with daily.