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Michelangelo di LodovicoBuonarrotiSimoni more popularly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with fellow Italian Leonardo da Vinci.
One of the qualities most admired by his contemporaries was his terribilità, a sense of awe-inspiring grandeur, and it was the attempts of subsequent artists to imitate Michelangelo’s impassioned and highly personal style that resulted in Mannerism, the next major movement in Western art after the High Renaissance. That said about the great man, he did need a few pointers here and there on the entire issue of Product Management; no questions on his skills.
In 1505, Michelangelo was invited to Rome by the newly elected Pope Julius II. He was commissioned to build the Pope’s tomb. Under the patronage of the Pope, Michelangelo experienced constant interruptions to his work on the tomb in order to accomplish numerous other tasks.
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Now looking at the Adaptive Productizing Process™ Product planning is 1/5th the process. In all likelihood, this was the same predicament that the celebrated Michelangelo faced.Because of those interruptions, he worked on the tomb for 40 years. The tomb, of which the central feature is Michelangelo’s statue of Moses, was never finished to Michelangelo’s satisfaction. The statue has horns on the head. The mystery of why he was not happy with the statue of Moses remains. Blech, Benjamin, &Doliner, Roy (2008) in the book The Sistine Secrets, advanced a theory that the “horns” on Michelangelo’s statue were never meant to be seen and that it is wrong to interpret them as horns: “[The statue] never had horns. The artist had planned Moses as a masterpiece not only of sculpture, but also of special optical effects worthy of any Hollywood movie. For this reason, the piece had to be elevated and facing straight forward, looking in the direction of the front door of the basilica. The two protrusions on the head would have been invisible to the viewer looking up from the floor below — the only thing that would have been seen was the light reflected off of them.”
The scenario does not seem to have changes over the past 500 years, Product Management is a fury to be reckoned with. Use a trained Product Management force and the tangible difference will be
No organization can really afford to wait 40 years for an unfinished masterpiece, even if the team is led by no less a person than Michelangelo.