Whenever there are a hundred things or more in a process someone is doing, there is a recognition that “there must be a better way”. A hundred items are the upper bound of what one can reasonably track manually. A hundred items indicate that the process is more complicated than one thought.
Once the need is recognized, one looks for solutions to their problem. It’s usually not “do these 100 things for me”, but more like “give me a better way to do this”—workflows are more useful than solutions. If one anticipates needing to do this a lot, they won’t be looking for a product, but a platform to build on.
- As a method of product ideation, look for groups of a hundred things within a business (they’re probably in a spreadsheet)
- Existing processes face status quo preserving behavior if it’s already working well enough
- Product work is a pursuit of facts about the user, market, and their problems