Roman Pichler

Growth Mindset in Product Management

Roman Pichler

Embrace a Growth Mindset. Learning something new requires the right mindset or attitude. If you believe that you lack talent or are not smart enough, then you make it hard—if not impossible—for yourself to acquire new knowledge, skills, and behaviours.

Product Leadership in Scrum

Roman Pichler

Three Types of Leadership. Scrum is a simple framework with three roles: product owner, development team, and Scrum Master. Each role provides a distinct type of leadership. As the product owner, you lead the product and are responsible for its overall success.

Be a Balanced Product Leader, Not a Feature Broker or Product Dictator

Roman Pichler

Feature Broker and Product Dictator. How do you best lead the stakeholders and development team as the person in charge of the product? One way to answer this question is to avoid unhelpful but common leadership styles.

Digital Transformation and Product Management

Roman Pichler

Recognise the Importance of Product Management. A digital transformation is a major change program that helps a company succeed in the digital age.

Why “Build or Buy?” Is the Wrong Question for Analytics

Every time an application team gets caught up in the “build vs buy” debate, it stalls projects and delays time to revenue. There is a third option. Partnering with an analytics development platform gives you the freedom to customize a solution without the risks and long-term costs of building your own. Learn when and why it makes sense to build, buy, or take a combined approach to embedded BI.

Is Scrum Right for Your Product?

Roman Pichler

When is Scrum Most Helpful? A process like Scrum is a great fit for your product when it is brand-new or young, and when you extend its life cycle, as shown in the picture below.

Product Discovery Tips

Roman Pichler

Bring the Right People Together. Product discovery is a team sport. You should therefore involve the right people in the discovery work and secure enough of their time.

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Product Manager vs. Product Owner

Roman Pichler

As you may know, the product owner originated from Scrum, where the role is responsible for maximising the value the product creates. This sounds like a text-book product management responsibility to me.

Do Product Owners Need Technical Skills?

Roman Pichler

How can you tell if you would benefit from having technical skills as a product owner? To answer this question, I find it helpful to look at how the role is applied.

Build vs. Buy: Implementing the Right Experimentation Solution

Choosing Whether to Build or Buy. To build and deliver products that customers love, product teams at leading enterprises such as Uber, Netflix and Airbnb are focusing on experimentation as a critical business process. These teams are empowered to A/B test each new feature and gain valuable insights before rolling it out widely. After seeing what these companies accomplish with experimentation, you may be considering whether to build your own testing framework, integrate an open source solution, or invest in a commercial experimentation platform like Optimizely Full Stack. Download this whitepaper to discover: The key questions product teams must ask before choosing to build or buy. The most common requirements that enterprise teams have for experimentation. How to avoid key mistakes and plan for success when building an internal system.

Leveraging Failure in Product Management

Roman Pichler

Why Failing Can Be Hard. If we like it or not, failure is an essential innovation ingredient. It’s impossible to successfully innovate without taking informed risks and making mistakes.

Five Tips for Leveraging Empathy in Product Management

Roman Pichler

Why Empathy Matters. Possibly the most profound challenge in product management is to understand the needs of users and customers. Without developing the right understanding, our chances of creating a successful product are slim.

Leading Through Shared Goals

Roman Pichler

The Product Leadership Conundrum. As the person in charge of a product, you are responsible for achieving product success. But you can’t accomplish it on your own and rely on the development team and stakeholders.

Make Your Product Stand Out with the Strategy Canvas

Roman Pichler

The Strategy Canvas. The Strategy Canvas was developed by Kim and Mauborgne, the authors of Blue Ocean Theory. It was originally intended as a business strategy tool to discover new markets. Luckily, the canvas can also be applied to individual products, as the following example illustrates. [1].

Decision Time: How Decision Rules Help You Make Better Product Decisions

Roman Pichler

Decisions, Decisions. “Is Is everybody OK with changing the release goal for Q3?”, asks Julie, the product manager. After a few seconds of silence, Julie moves on to the next topic assuming that the stakeholders agree. But most people are still thinking about the idea or oppose it.

New Study: 2018 State of Embedded Analytics Report

Why do some embedded analytics projects succeed while others fail? We surveyed 500+ application teams embedding analytics to find out which analytics features actually move the needle. Read the 6th annual State of Embedded Analytics Report to discover new best practices.

10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Roadmap

Roman Pichler

1 Focus on Goals and Benefits.

User Story Reflections

Roman Pichler

Users. As its name suggests, a user story describes how a user or customer uses the product–a digital product is captured from the perspective of the users.

Mindfulness Tips for Product Managers and Product Owners

Roman Pichler

What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment, to what is actually happening. It helps us become more aware of what we think and feel, and how we are—content, tense, relaxed, stressed, happy, angry, indifferent, restless, worried, or calm. But what’s the big deal?

Choosing the Right Planning Horizon for Your Product

Roman Pichler

Planning Horizons and Planning Model. Bring me that horizon,” says Jack Sparrow at the end of the movie The Curse of the Black Pearl while steering his pirate ship into the open waters.

Getting Started with Product Experimentation

How Product Development Teams Reduce Guesswork and Innovate Faster. Product development teams are embracing iterative release processes such as agile and continuous delivery to mitigate risk and adapt to evolving customer requirements. This trend is enabling teams to be more productive and increase product quality. But how do you know if you are building the right product or feature? Experimentation can help your team prove whether you are building the right product and eliminate uncertainty and guesswork from your software development process. Download this whitepaper to learn: How experimentation fits in with the agile development process. Best practices for integrating experimentation into your release process. Key considerations when buying an experimentation solution. Ways to optimize performance and ensure security and compliance.

Balance Your Portfolio with the Product Portfolio Matrix

Roman Pichler

The Matrix Reloaded. The product portfolio matrix , also called growth–share and BCG matrix, wants to help you achieve a balanced portfolio, a portfolio that contains the right mix of young and established products.

4 Daily Scrum Tips for Product Owners & Product Managers

Roman Pichler

Tip #1: Know what it’s all about. The Daily Scrum meeting, sometimes also referred to as stand-up meeting, wants to help the development team manage its work. In Scrum, the team collectively agrees to a sprint goal and is responsible for meeting it.

Power Up: Three Ways to Increase Your Product Leadership Power

Roman Pichler

Increase Your Referent Power. Your first power source is your ability to influence others based on your personality and interpersonal skills. It’s the capability you can immediately boost simply by being a decent person.

10 Product Backlog Tips

Roman Pichler

Tip #1: Complement your Product Backlog with a Product Roadmap. Use a roadmap to sketch the overall journey you want to take your product on. State the upcoming major releases with their goals or benefits.

How to Package and Price Embedded Analytics

Just by embedding analytics, application owners can charge 24% more for their product. How much value could you add? This framework explains how application enhancements can extend your product offerings.

Making Consensus-based Product Decisions

Roman Pichler

Benefits and Limitations. Deciding by consensus means that everyone required to make the decision agrees with it. Applied correctly, it results in a better decision and creates strong buy-in and shared ownership.

Scaling the Product Owner Role

Roman Pichler

Scaling and the Product Life Cycle. To understand if and when the product owner role should be scaled, I find it helpful to consider the product’s life cycle stage.

When should Product Backlog Grooming Take Place?

Roman Pichler

Option 1: In the Sprint Review Meeting. Your first option is to work on the product backlog in the sprint review meeting.

The T-Shaped Product Manager

Roman Pichler

Balancing Specific and Generic Skills. To do a great job as a product manager or product owner, you require two skills sets: product-specific and generic ones. As the name suggests, product-specific capabilities are limited to a single product or product portfolio.

The State of Product Leadership

Insights from 300 Technology Product Management Executives and Managers.

The Product Roadmap and the Release Plan

Roman Pichler

What is a Release Plan? A release plan forecasts how a major release is developed. It’s a type of project plan —albeit an agile one—and it usually covers the next three to six months.

What is a Digital Product?

Roman Pichler

Product. What is a product ? It might be tempting to say, something we can market or sell. But when it comes to digital products, this definition has only limited applicability. Take the search function on your company’s website. Is that a product? Or is the entire website the product?

How Minimum Viable Products & Features Helped Me Write My New Book

Roman Pichler

Minimum Viable Product #1. Writing a book is a complex and at times challenging endeavour: it took me over two years to write and publish my latest book.

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Five Tips for Introducing Product Management to Your Company

Roman Pichler

1 Establish a Clear Vision. Establish a clear vision for introducing a product management group and explore why your company would benefit from it.

Drive Quality and Velocity with Feature Flags

Drive Quality and Velocity with Feature Flags. Launching a new feature is a risky proposition. Even the most well designed and researched features can have unforeseen consequences for your application performance and business metrics. Rolling back a poor performing feature can be time consuming and costly. However, it doesn’t have to be. Implement feature management and experimentation in your development lifecycle to reduce risk and prove impact when launching features. Download this whitepaper to learn: How to ship products faster with higher quality. The best way to launch features with less risk and more control. How to prove the impact of every feature release with experimentation.

Should Product Owners be Servant-Leaders?

Roman Pichler

What Is Servant-Leadership? Servant-leadership means that “one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead,” writes Robert Greenleaf , the creator of the servant-leadership model. Servant-leaders want to “make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served” so that they “become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous.”. Sounds crazy?

8 Tips for Collaborating with Development Teams

Roman Pichler

Manage the Product, not the Team. Focus on your job as the product manager or product owner, and manage the product, not the team. Provide guidance on the product, including its market, value proposition, business goals, and key features. But let the ScrumMaster or coach tackle people, process, and organisational issues; let the development team figure out what needs to be done to implement the user stories and other product backlog items.

The Secret Truth About Your Methodology and Processes

PM Hardcore

What are your goals? A product organization has three overarching goals: Deliver great value to our customers. Do it quickly, efficiently, and with high quality. Do it better over time. A product organization that achieves those goals is much more likely to be successful.

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A Rearview Mirror for Your Product Roadmap

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How the past can provide context for your future plans. For our recent book, Product Roadmaps Relaunched: How to Set Direction while Embracing Uncertainty (O’Reilly), my co-authors C. Todd Lombardo, Evan Ryan, and I interviewed over 80 practicing product people.

The Data-driven Product Manager's Handbook

Using insight and guidance to deliver exceptional product experiences.