In their talk at our product management conference Mind the Product 2012 Matt and Hannah argue that MacGuffins can be incredibly useful tools when designing a product. A MacGuffin is a story telling object which serves as a trigger for the plot, most famously the Maltese Falcon in the eponymous book and films or the briefcase in Pulp Fiction. A product MacGuffin would build on this and could serve as a trope in an online product which serves merely as a trigger for the user experience, often evoking a real-world experience we’re already familiar with.
Martin Eriksson has 20+ years experience building world-class online products in both corporate and start-up environments for global brands such as Monster, Financial Times, Huddle, and Covestor. He is the Founder of ProductTank, the Co-Founder and Curator of Mind the Product, and an Executive in Residence at leading private equity and venture capital fund EQT. He is also the author of best-seller Product Leadership, How Top Product Leaders Launch Great Products and Build Successful Teams (O'Reilly, 2017).