Circle Of Competence

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Defining a circle of competence is simply acknowledging what you know as a professional, by especially focusing on areas in which you have deep subject matter expertise, i.e. specialist knowledge. In product development, this needs to be defined for all the individuals on a team. On the flip side, it is also very important to agree on what each person does not know. The benefits of delineating these are firstly, you will save a lot of time leveraging each person’s strength rather than when team members try to learn things in which they have no deep expertise; and secondly, there is a higher probability of success when each person is focused on specialist areas.—Karen A

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