10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Roadmap
JULY 20, 2016
1 Focus on Goals and Benefits.
JULY 20, 2016
1 Focus on Goals and Benefits.
JANUARY 25, 2017
Option 1: In the Sprint Review Meeting. Your first option is to work on the product backlog in the sprint review meeting.
MARCH 14, 2017
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.
NOVEMBER 2, 2016
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.
You know the benefits of extended enterprise. But how do execute the plan? Learn more about the technical considerations that can help you create a strategy to manage the delivery and tracking of product training across a variety of systems.
AUGUST 16, 2016
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.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
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.
NOVEMBER 15, 2017
Involve the Right People. Collecting feedback from the right people is crucial to make the right product decisions: If you invite the wrong individuals or if key people are missing, then you are unlikely to receive the feedback you need.
JULY 3, 2017
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] It felt like a slap in the face, an unprovoked attack. How could she say something so wrong?
Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic
Qualitative vs. Quantitative is a silly argument. Qualitative data from UXers should not compete against the quantitative data product owners need for their business model. Both are necessary to have a complete understanding of where the desirability of the product meets the viability of the business.
OCTOBER 21, 2016
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?
JUNE 14, 2016
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?
AUGUST 9, 2017
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.
NOVEMBER 22, 2016
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?
DECEMBER 5, 2016
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.
Speaker: Sunil Parekh, Head of Product Management, SimplyInsured
Data can be qualitative or quantitative, and comes from multiple sources: customer interviews, product usage & funnel analytics, company financial performance, and internal stakeholders. How do you use that data to create a product roadmap that is aligned with your organization’s business needs?
FEBRUARY 1, 2017
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.
JULY 11, 2016
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.
JUNE 6, 2017
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.
JANUARY 12, 2017
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. .
Speaker: Tom Evans, Senior Principal Consultant and Trainer, 280 Group
Data analytics has transformed the way many product managers approach product enhancements, creating strong demand for product managers with skills and expertise in defining and analyzing product metrics to make more valuable product decisions. But there is one essential element that is often left out of the conversation, and that is strategy. How does my product decisions support the overall strategy of the business, and am I tracking the right metrics based upon that strategy?
APRIL 11, 2016
1 Establish a Clear Vision. Establish a clear vision for introducing a product management group and explore why your company would benefit from it.
FEBRUARY 23, 2017
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.
DECEMBER 4, 2017
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.
MAY 10, 2016
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.
APRIL 19, 2017
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.
OCTOBER 4, 2017
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.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2017
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.
MARCH 8, 2017
One of the best signs of an effective product team is a regular cadence of customer interviews and product experiments. But it’s not enough to simply check the box on these activities; we need to make sure that we do them effectively.
DECEMBER 12, 2017
I’m excited to announce The Secret Product Manager Handbook is available for pre-order ! When I started in product management, there were no classes, books, or online resources for product managers. I always wanted the “secret handbook” – so I wrote it.
The Accidental Product Manager
OCTOBER 23, 2017
How will product managers deal with the Internet of Things? Image Credit: cea +. Just in case you’ve been living with your head under a rock, there is this thing called the “internet of things” that is getting ready to take over the world.
JULY 28, 2017
We live and work today in a world that is increasingly data-driven, but we cannot successfully adopt a data-driven approach to decision making without first identifying the metrics that matter most.
SEPTEMBER 1, 2017
No (picture credit at the bottom). Sometimes No Is The Right Answer. Can you talk to me about a time when you had to say no to a customer? Why did you have to say no? How did you handle it?
JUNE 21, 2017
“Big data.” It’s one of Silicon Valley’s favorite and most annoying buzzwords, yet there’s no data shortage in sight as data companies continue sprouting (and growing) like weeds.
MAY 10, 2017
I’ve been thinking about the challenges of managing product teams by outcomes. Most leaders want their teams to have the autonomy to go after an outcome, but they struggle with trusting that their teams will do the right things.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
Do you plan for the worst? Do you list out the worst things that could happen during your release and come up with ways to mitigate the risks? Do you have contingency plans if something does go wrong?
Mind the Product
NOVEMBER 10, 2017
Spaces shape culture – it can’t be helped, the spaces we work in are a huge factor in the way we work so they are always going to define the overall working environment, both personally and physically. In this illuminating talk from Mind the Product London 2017, Sarah B.
OCTOBER 4, 2017
An important skill for a product manager is the ability to parachute into an existing product and land on your feet. When parachuting into an existing product you have to immerse yourself in your new company and learn as much as you can as quickly as you can.
Mind the Product
OCTOBER 27, 2016
It wasn’t too long ago that designers and developers were disciples of strictly separate crafts – but today, someone who can do both well is quickly labelled a “unicorn”, and sought after by many a unicorn-thirsty start-up.
Mind the Product
AUGUST 11, 2017
Dave Wascha started as a product manager 20 years ago working on Internet Explorer 4.0.