Establishing an Effective Product Strategy Process

Roman Pichler

Why a Product Strategy Process Matters. In the picture above, the product strategy describes how a visionary, inspirational goal is attained. It includes the product’s value proposition, market, stand-out features, and business goals. Do they impact your product?

Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

Taking agile, a process otherwise optimized for small, cross-functional, collaborative teams and making it work at scale is fascinating. Over the next few years my career evolved through people-management, pre-sales, and program management roles into product management.

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The Potential of Agile

Tyner Blain

When an executive, too far removed from what makes creating products hard thinks of “agile” as a silver bullet it becomes difficult to manage expectations. It is precisely that potential which inspires not-yet-informed executives to learn about how agile could help them.

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7 Ways of Creating and Sustaining an Agile Product Roadmap

bpma ProductHub

By Ellen Gottesdiener – Product Roadmaps Are Necessary for Product Success A product roadmap visually depicts how your product will evolve over time to realize your product vision and achieve continual value for your customers and business. (I I define the term product to refer to a software application, system, device, service, or a combination that… Product Management Product Strategy

The Ultimate Product Strategy Checklist for your Mobile App

The Product Coalition

Working as a product manager can be a busy, unpredictable and octopus-like existence. Bringing team members together, organizing user research, product demos, road mapping and more. They also said they wished they had a clearer product roadmap strategy.

10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Roadmap

Roman Pichler

To help you develop your agile product roadmap, I have created a goal-oriented roadmap template called the GO Product Roadmap. I like to use my Product Vision Board to develop a valid product strategy. Product Roadmap1 Focus on Goals and Benefits.

Why Simply “Allowing” Mistakes is a Dead-end for Agile Companies

Mind the Product

Managing culture can quickly become one of the most complex challenges for companies that seek to scale agile practices. Scaling agile practices [1] in a company requires strong cultural foundations, as you build understanding and trust, between – and within – teams. To quote Peter Drucker, “culture eats strategy for breakfast”. Scaling agile practices in a company requires a cultural shift that puts mistakes at the center of success.

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Lawrence of Arabia, the Original Agile Disruptor, Had Sore Feet

The Product Coalition

In the business world, “vaporous” is an insightful description of the Toyota Production System. The American Big-3 automakers saw strategy as collecting best practices; Toyota built a culture of continuous improvement into a competitive advantage. Don’t wait for more perfect products.

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Am I a Product Manager or a Product Owner? Part 1

bpma ProductHub

By Ellen Gottesdiener Part 1: Confusion Abounds With the maturing of the software industry and with an overwhelming acceptance of agility, I am still surprised at the inconsistency and overall confusion between what product managers and product owners do. … Product Strategy

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Begin your Agile Transformation Journey on the Right Track

Product Club

Across the globe, companies are investing in Agile transformations primarily for two reasons — to increase speed, and improve the quality of their technical product delivery. Our method is all about showing you how to run like a lean and Agile startup. PRODUCT IMPACT.

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How Product Marketing Roadmaps Drive Sales | Shifting Market, Shifting Strategy | Agile: We’ve Come Full Circle

Proficientz – Product Management University

The B2B Product Manager Magazine August 2018 is now available. This month we explore the value of a product marketing roadmap to sales. It’s not a staple in most B2B organizations but it’s just as important to your near-term revenue as a product roadmap is to your longer-term growth. We also look in the rear-view mirror at Agile and discuss what’s changed and what hasn’t along with tips for dealing with flat growth and shifting market conditions.

APO: Retrospectives: The Product Perspective Tuesday, February 6, 2018 | 6:00 – 9:00pm

bpma ProductHub

Retrospectives: The Product Perspective. Join the Agile Product Open community on Tuesday, February 6th at Slalom in Boston for an interactive evening focused on the product perspective for retrospectives. Retrospectives are a discipline used by lean and agile teams to pause and reflect on outcomes and activities from a predefined time frame, and identify actions for improvement. Retrospectives are wired into the agile mindset. Product Strategy

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Agile Product Management Framework

All About Product Management

There are many good product management frameworks available - however, I thought I would create an agile product management framework that is broad enough to be applicable to any product management groups that is practising agile/scrum. Agile Tips + Tools

How to Manage Product Research in Agile Mode

Craft.io

One of the challenges that kept ailing me in my formative days as an agile product manager was the lack of resources for research. As a result, product research depended massively on the team’s resourcefulness and our ability to leverage existing, easily available research material.

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How to Manage Product Research in Agile Mode

Craft.io

One of the challenges that kept ailing me in my formative days as an agile product manager was the lack of resources for research. As a result, product research depended massively on the team’s resourcefulness and our ability to leverage existing, easily available research material.

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When 2 Become 1: The Roles of Product Manager and Product Owner

bpma ProductHub

But since this is the BPMA, we’re thinking about the oft-merged roles of Product Manager (PM) and Product Owner (PO). On January 23rd, Pragmatic Marketing hosted a webinar entitled “Six Ways Product Management’s Role Will Change in 2018.” Product Strategy

The “Why” Behind Your Product Roadmap

bpma ProductHub

The vast majority of product roadmaps move the product in a positive direction, but desired results are only achieved if there is clarity around where it is taking you, and why. Well-run companies are honest about the reality of their current products. product/features/strategy.

Is MVP Dead?

bpma ProductHub

Is Minimum Viable Product Dead? – By Don Stoddard . Minimum Viable Product is a widely accepted concept; so why do so many people want to declare it dead? In many ways, MVP suffers from its own popularity associated with both good and bad products. Product Strategy

Taylor Wescoatt – Being the First Product Manager

Mind the Product

In working at Seedcamp and helping over 100 startups understand product thinking, Taylor Wescoatt has learned some valuable lessons he’d like to share, together with some real-world examples to drive the point home! Being the first product manager at a startup typically means being the 10th or 15th employee, and recognizing that – although product management has both tactical and strategic components – you’ll initially be more focused on tactics.

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

Roman Pichler

Minimum Viable Product #1. At the same time, I wanted to test that the product would create enough value for its readers before writing the actual book. Minimum Viable Product #2. Instead, I opted for a broader collection of related strategy and roadmap tips.

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Featured Product Management Consultant: Greg Cohen

280 Group

Every few months or so, we will bring you a new interview with a featured 280 Group Consultant/Trainer who discusses a number of Product Management issues. The best product strategy and plan in the world isn’t going to succeed if you can’t collaborate with others to.[continue

What is a Digital Product?

Roman Pichler

Product. What is a product ? But when it comes to digital products, this definition has only limited applicability. Is that a product? Or is the entire website the product? Some digital products exist for many years and even decades. Product vs. Project.

Why you Should Organize Product Teams Around Customer Experiences

Mind the Product

The world is full of examples of well engineered products that have failed to make an impact. Such products can feel like a collection of features rather than a product with a focused value proposition. I think that the way that product teams are organized can contribute hugely to this problem. This is because product development teams are often optimized around software delivery or optimal resource utilization. For product discovery?

Good Enough

Tyner Blain

We hear a lot about building products which are “good enough” or “just barely good enough.” There are several perspectives on good enough which are important – but don’t help product managers enough.

Product Roadmaps in Five Easy Pieces

Mind the Product

so my investor said that I need a product manager to do our product roadmap?”. When I worked as a product management consultant clients would often talk about “needing a product roadmap ASAP”. If you’re only going to read one thing: Product Roadmaps Relaunched.

How to Use Google’s OKR Framework to Prioritize Your Product Roadmap

ProductPlan

Although not designed for product roadmaps in particular, the OKR model has a lot to offer product teams. Let’s discuss what the OKR framework is, why many successful companies have adopted it, and how your team can use this approach to improve your product strategy.

Helping Product Managers Triumph in Agile: What to Do When Sales Wants to Change Your Roadmap; Spring 2018 Events

Good Product Manager

In the meantime, I’ve been busy blogging… Helping Product Managers Triumph in an Agile World: The SiriusDecisions Agile Engine for Product Management. Many product management leaders in organizations that use agile as a product development process express that they’re challenged to get their people to not just act as product owners in an agile/scrum sense, but as product managers who are responsible for the overall commercial success of the product.

Product Owner Manager – Alone Together

Tyner Blain

Product owners and product managers. Together, the product people need to take an organization’s strategy, figure out the appropriate product strategy, and convert that into actionable work for the delivery teams to create the right product.

Close Your Eyes and Imagine a Strategy. Let Me Guess: Got Nothing?

The Product Coalition

Close your eyes for a minute and imagine a strategy. In Michael Porter’s books, or anywhere else, I haven’t been able to find many examples of what a strategy should look like. Here’s a proposal: open any book on strategy and go to the Index. Lookup “Strategy, an example of”.

Features do not a Product Roadmap Make

Tyner Blain

Last month, Mike Smart of Egress Solutions and I gave a webinar for Pragmatic Marketing on product roadmapping when working in agile environments. But that’s another discussion entirely – and a big part of why “agile” came into existence in the first place.

Innovation is Broken by Janice Fraser

Mind the Product

Why do we focus so much time and effort on digital transformation, agile transformation, and innovation? The post Innovation is Broken by Janice Fraser appeared first on Mind the Product. What is the point of innovation?

5 Reasons to Organize Your Roadmap by Themes

ProductPlan

The goal of any roadmap, whether it’s a product roadmap, IT roadmap, or marketing roadmap, is to capture and communicate a high level strategy. Product managers have plenty of tools for cataloging the small details behind product development such as the product backlog, project-management apps, and even handwritten to-do lists. But the product roadmap is not where these details should live. Maybe even entirely new products.

Seeing the Close-to-the-Customer Conundrum

Johanna Rothman

Especially when we use agile approaches, we want to be close to our customer. Most of their customer information comes via a product owner, who learns from a product manager. Too often, the product manager learns from the salesperson.

4 Mistakes Your Company Might Be Making with Your Product Culture

ProductPlan

If we asked you right now to describe your organization’s product culture, what would you say? Almost nobody we ask has a ready answer, not even experienced product managers. In fact, we’ve found that very few people even know what a product culture is. What is Product Culture? What exactly do we mean by product culture anyway? Product culture is yet another aspect of the broader organization that product management is responsible for.

Take Care of the Misfit Toys: Managing End of Life Products

Mind the Product

So you’ve read all those books and articles on how to become a product manager, about how tough it is, but also how rewarding it is. I remember when I moved from being a sales engineer to product manager. I would be great, designing new products, grabbing market trends and customer feedback and transforming them into a shiny new toy that everyone would love (and buy). This isn’t product management, is it? All Products are Products.

7 Steps to Determine Whether a Customer Request is Actionable

ProductPlan

While customer feedback is the gold standard of insight for product managers, not every customer request is actionable. But, as you already know, another key part of product management is careful prioritization, which applies to customer requests too. Remember: you’re a product manager, not an order-taker. But you’d be surprised to see how many product managers passively agree to customer requests or demands.

Product to Product: Drift’s Matt Bilotti on the Burndown framework

Roadmunk

Welcome to the second episode of Product to Product —a podcast for / by product people. Listen below: This episode features Matt Bilotti , product manager at Drift. The ebook explores the Burndown framework that Drift’s product team has adopted for product development.

Plan Your Build, Don’t Build Your Plan: Get the Most From Your Retrospective

Mind the Product

As our product helped companies, well, build their brand, it was a big deal. As our product processed most, if not all, of the organization’s digital assets, we were asked to come up with a solution that would prevent similar incidents in the future. As a product manager it’s important to keep things on target instead of on track. Ideally, the cross-functional product team has learning built in. Strategy Pitfalls.

25 must-read product management articles

Roadmunk

Throughout my career as both a product manager and startup founder, there’s been one severely underrated skill I credit for much of my success—and that’s reading. Here’s my list of favorite online posts for product managers. 12 things about product-market fit.

Inspiring Teams with Product Vision

Mind the Product

Crucially, she demonstrates how to communicate and reinforce vision to your team by sharing an incredible 30 practical strategies for meaningfully tying your vision to all that you do. You will need a wide range of strategies to engage – and re-engage – your team in your vision.

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