Roman Pichler

Six Types of “Product” Owners

Roman Pichler

Overview. The term product owner is commonly used to refer to six different product roles in my experience. These are: The original Scrum product owner who owns a product in its entirety and is responsible for maximising the value it creates.

Dealing with Difficult Emotions in Product Management

Roman Pichler

Why Difficult Emotions Matter Particularly for Product People. We may not like difficult emotions like confusion, frustration, anger, envy, sadness, and worry, but we all experience them.

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How to Overcome 6 Key Product Leadership Challenges

Roman Pichler

No Transactional Power. Unlike a line manager, you usually don’t manage the development team and stakeholders as the person in charge of the product, and the individuals don’t report to you.

Dealing with Difficult Emotions in Product Management

Roman Pichler

Why Difficult Emotions Matter Particularly for Product People. We may not like difficult emotions like confusion, frustration, anger, envy, sadness, and worry, but we all experience them.

How Much is that Feature in the Window?

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Roadmaps are about the future, and talking about a roadmap means talking about the future. But how you tailor that conversation depends on who you’re having it with, because your stakeholders’ vision for the future and your customers’ vision are likely two different things. Every audience has their own needs and expectations that you are working to fulfil, and as a product manager, it is up to you to manage these many moving parts. A conversation about creating value is going to vary based on whether or not you’re asking someone to buy your product, or fund it.

Release Planning Advice

Roman Pichler

What Release Planning Entails and Why It Matters. While release and release planning are common terms, I find that different individuals attribute different meanings to them. I regard a release as a version of a product , for example, Mac OS X Catalina and Windows 10.

Product Roadmap Prioritisation

Roman Pichler

Before You Start Prioritising …. Before you order the roadmap items, double-check that you have a validated product strategy in place. You should be able to confidently say why users would want to use your product and why it is worthwhile for your company to invest in it.

Should Product Roadmaps Have Dates?

Roman Pichler

What Product Roadmaps Are (in a Nutshell). To start with, let’s briefly recap what a product roadmap is. I view a roadmap as a high-level plan that states specific benefits a product should provide over a certain timeframe, which may range from six to 12 months.

Product Ethics

Roman Pichler

What is an Ethical Product? An ethical product is an offering that does not cause any harm, neither to its users nor the planet. [1] 1] The former includes negatively impacting the people’s mental wellbeing, for example, by encouraging addictive behaviour or promoting harmful information.

Product Ethics

Roman Pichler

What is an Ethical Product? An ethical product is an offering that does not cause any harm, neither to its users nor the planet. [1] 1] The former includes negatively impacting the people’s mental wellbeing, for example, by encouraging addictive behaviour or promoting harmful information.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Listen to Understand: Listening Practices for Product People

Roman Pichler

Listen to Understand, not to Answer. Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply,” wrote Steve Covey in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Tips for Growing a Product Management Team

Roman Pichler

Organise Around Products. In order to grow your product management team, start by reviewing your product portfolio.

How to Overcome 6 Key Product Leadership Challenges

Roman Pichler

No Transactional Power. Unlike a line manager, you usually don’t manage the development team and stakeholders as the person in charge of the product, and the individuals don’t report to you.

Technical Debt and Product Success

Roman Pichler

Why Technical Debt Matters for Product People. As the person in charge of the product, you may not be terribly concerned about how clean and well-structured the code is.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Collocation, Trust, and Distributed Teams

Roman Pichler

A Tale of Two Products. I once worked with a telco company that was developing a brand-new commercial product. Product management and development were located at separate sites in different countries.

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Collocation, Trust, and Distributed Teams

Roman Pichler

A Tale of Two Products. I once worked with a telco company that was developing a brand-new commercial product. Product management and development were located at separate sites in different countries.

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Tips for Growing a Product Management Team

Roman Pichler

Organise Around Products. In order to grow your product management team, start by reviewing your product portfolio.

Empowering Development Teams

Roman Pichler

Show People that You Care. Empowering development teams starts with taking a sincere interest in the individuals, attentively listening to their ideas and concerns, and empathising with them.

How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

Empowering Development Teams

Roman Pichler

Establishing an Effective Product Strategy Process

Roman Pichler

Why a Product Strategy Process Matters. An effective product strategy process should ensure that a valid product strategy and an actionable product roadmap are always available—that a shared and valid approach to achieving product success is available at anytime, as the picture below illustrates.

Why Product People Should Care About Business Strategy

Roman Pichler

Business Strategy vs. Product Strategy. A business strategy describes how a company wants to achieve its overall aspiration and create value for its users, employees, and shareholders.

A Strategy Map

Roman Pichler

Maps are the Foundations on which Adventures are Built. When I was a little boy, I truly loved all things pirate. Even as an adult, I very much enjoyed reading pirate books with my children. One of them even came with a separate treasure map that could be unfolded to discover a hidden treasure.

Build vs Buy: 10 Hidden Costs of Building Analytics with UI Components

Many teams, as a logical first step, choose to build their own analytics with the help of UI components. But eventually you’ll find that doing it yourself and at scale has hidden costs. Consider these 10 factors when deciding whether you should build analytics features with UI components.

How to Reduce the Product Backlog Size

Roman Pichler

Split the Product Backlog. Faced with an overly long and detailed product backlog, investigate if it does describe one cohesive product. Over time, products can serve an increasingly heterogeneous market and provide a large number of different features, some of which may not be used by all users.

Sustainable Pace in Product Management

Roman Pichler

What is Sustainable Pace? Sustainable pace is an important agile principle. The Agile Manifesto defines it in the following way: “The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.”

Tips for Effective Product Strategy Reviews

Roman Pichler

Hold Regular Product Strategy Reviews. A product strategy , like any other plan, is subject to change. How changeable your strategy is, depends on your product’s life cycle stage. As long as your product hasn’t reached product-market fit, the strategy is usually volatile.

Sprint Planning Tips for Product Owners

Roman Pichler

Come Prepared. Make sure you carry out the necessary prep work prior to the sprint planning meeting. Be clear on what you want the sprint to achieve, ensure that the product backlog is appropriately refined (or groomed) , and have its high-priority items ready.

More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

10 Scaling Tips for Product People

Roman Pichler

1 Involve the Right People. A small group of qualified individuals who have the right skills and motivation can be more productive than many individuals who lack the necessary expertise and act out of obligation. This is true for product people and development team members alike in my experience.

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.

Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders and Team Members

Roman Pichler

It’s a Common Challenge. You just can’t make up your mind. I really wish that for once, you gave us clear priorities,” Jane said accusingly at the end of the workshop and walked out of the room. [1] 1] It felt like a slap in the face, an unprovoked attack. How could she say something so wrong?

Tips for Rewriting a Digital Product

Roman Pichler

See the Rewriting Effort as an Opportunity to Innovate.

Creating a Product Roadmap is Easy

Speaker: Shardul Mehta, VP of Product Management, American Well

As a product manager, it is our job to drive sustainable business growth. And one of the chief ways we do that is by crafting a coherent product roadmap. Thanks to these roadmaps, everyone knows what we’re working on now vs. later, where we’re headed, and how we’re getting there. Fail at making this map, and you sacrifice not only your own credibility, but the credibility of the entire company. The bad news? Product managers rarely have the time to adequately prepare. The good news? While we should absolutely do the research and analysis needed to craft a proper roadmap, we actually don’t need to wait until it’s completed. We can actually do both in parallel. And what’s more is that once you can do that, product roadmapping becomes easy. Join Shardul Mehta, VP of Product Management, American Well, and learn how to master the intricacies of any product roadmap.