25 must-read product management articles

Roadmunk

I’m constantly consuming articles on product management, product culture, startups and entrepreneurship to bolster my career as a product person and leader. This list is not the be all end all; there are countless ‘must-read’ articles for PMs.

Creating Good Roadmaps: 6 Practical Steps for Product Leaders

Mind the Product

Much has been written about the process of creating product roadmaps, not least the six great articles written by my own team. I believe the actions of a product leader all too often are the root cause of a “bad” roadmap. A Product Leader’s Role in Roadmapping.

Outcome-driven product roadmap

The Product Coalition

Many organizations struggle with roadmaps, finding them difficult to maintain and hardly ever coming true. They say, a roadmap in its first edition barely resembles what they get in the end. Those not given up the fight, experiment with crossbreeds of the roadmap and the release plan.

What is a Product Roadmap?

Gainsight

A product roadmap is a high-level, visual representation of the direction your product offering will take over time. Maps are a fundamental part of our lives therefore, a product roadmap isn’t exactly a new concept. Executive-level product roadmaps. Types of Product Roadmaps.

33 Amazing Articles Every Product Manager Must Read

Hutwork

Magazine reports that most CEOs read at least a book a week, and this doesn’t include blogs, articles, podcasts, and videos they devour, too. Regardless, the following articles are a must-read for anyone concerned with rolling out the best product in each iteration. Here are the top 33 most amazing product management articles in no specific order. This insightful article from McKinsey & Company talks about today’s product manager evolving into a mini-CEO.

Value-Based Product Roadmaps: They Should Mirror a Customer Org Chart (Video)

Proficientz – Product Management University

Value based product roadmaps should be structured like a customer org chart so that the business value of your product investment priorities is clear to executives, senior managers and users. ” Learn How to Create Your Value-Based Roadmaps. Related Articles.

Product managers should not build the roadmap. The product team should.

Inside Intercom

When you think of the role and responsibilities of a product manager , two things probably come to mind – prioritization and roadmaps. But should prioritization and roadmaps be the responsibility of product managers alone? Why your product roadmap should be bottom up, not top down.

6 Ways for Product Managers to Manage their Time Off (and Still Drive their Roadmap Forward)

ProductPlan

As another Harvard Business Review article points out, time off doesn’t always reduce stress. As the Harvard Business Review article explains, a vacation from work isn’t something you should try to manage on the fly. Product Management Roadmaps Career

Treat your Roadmap as a Compass

Ask Benny

How to effectively build and manage your roadmap and your stakeholders’ expectations. The Roadmap Challenge I recently participated in a meetup of very experienced product management leaders arranged by ProductX. We discussed roadmaps and the challenges surrounding them. The major reason for this challenge is that the roadmap is not just a tool for a product manager to properly plan. On top of that, your roadmap is also your commitment to your customers.As

The Alternative to Roadmaps

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” Unfortunately, typical roadmaps do just what the General warned against – they tell the team what to do. In several articles I have highlighted the reasons I see typical product roadmaps as the source of so much waste in product teams. The Product Fail article covers this at a high level, and the concept is elaborated on in The Inconvenient Truth About Product. In this article, I’d like to try to tackle this.

Create Your First Roadmap with Craft

Craft.io

In this article, you’ll get to know the roadmap structure, how to use the different elements correctly and how to toggle around the roadmap views until you find a view you like. The Roadmap. The Roadmap View. Click the Roadmap view.

Create Your First Roadmap with Craft

Craft.io

In this article, you’ll get to know the roadmap structure, how to use the different elements correctly and how to toggle around the roadmap views until you find a view you like. The Roadmap. The Roadmap View. Click the Roadmap view.

Product Roadmaps: Love, Hate (& Hate)

The Product Coalition

If I could pick one thing to kill because of the problems it causes, roadmaps might very well be at the top of the list. And it’s not that I don’t like roadmaps, or at least the principle of a product roadmaps. Communication: A roadmap is a communication device.

Why Technical Debt Roadmaps Don’t Work

ProductPlan

To understand the problem with technical debt roadmaps, we’ll start with a quote from renowned philosopher, Homer Simpson. When you create a dedicated roadmap for technical debt, you are removing the the problem from your immediate sight. In this article, we’ll discuss why technical debt roadmaps don’t work. What is a Technical Debt Roadmap? So they create a separate roadmap just to track the product’s technical debt.

10 Tips for Making Roadmaps Your Non-Product Team Members Will Understand

ProductPlan

Product management owns the roadmap. But that doesn’t mean the roadmap is an internal document for the product team’s eyes only. If they want their products to succeed, product managers need to share their roadmaps with other teams across the company. That means your roadmap needs to be more than well-thought-out, strategically sound, and supported by data. We’ve discussed how to share your roadmap with different teams in a previous article.

Crafting your perfect Product Roadmap

The Product Coalition

A solid Product Roadmap will help you efficiently and systematically achieve the necessary steps to a successful Product Launch. If you had to use 1 word to sum up what PMs do, most PMs I know would likely pick “Product Roadmap”. product-roadmap product-management awip

How to Create a Strategic Portfolio Roadmap

Proficientz – Product Management University

Wealth made simple: news and articles from IRC Wealth. Strategic Portfolio Roadmapping Workshop. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to develop a strategic portfolio roadmap that drives new growth by shifting your inside-out product vision to an outside-in customer vision. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to create a strategic roadmap that can be executed in the trenches by product, marketing and sales teams.

Why David Cancel Hates Roadmaps (But Uses Them With Customers)

Product Culture

David Cancel, CEO of Drift , former Chief Product Officer at HubSpot, and serial entrepreneur hates product roadmaps. And yet David shares roadmap info with his key customers all the time. But what about those customers who really want a roadmap? Articles

What does the agile roadmapping process look like in practice?

The Product Coalition

Eisenhower Why agile teams need a product roadmap There are many discussions out there on both the importance of, and lack of importance of agile product roadmaps. I am a firm believer that an agile product roadmap is an important document for all agile teams.

The Art of the Strategic Product Roadmap

The Product Coalition

I believe this constant change is the reason that people have become frustrated with roadmaps, and in some cases have even went so far as to declare the roadmap dead. For many product people, the roadmap is their first taste of business strategy. Strategy, visualized.

True North: Managing Long-Term Roadmap Needs with Agility

Pragmatic Marketing

Everyone wants to see the product roadmap. Agile Loves Roadmaps and Plans. Agile and scrum don’t discourage the creation of a product roadmap. There is no single silver bullet for building the perfect roadmap. Therefore, it is crucial that a product roadmap not provide a detailed list of features and timeline, but instead provides direction for the team to build the right software. In a nutshell: Do not bring a waterfall roadmap to a scrum product delivery.

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

ProductPlan

If you haven’t found the right objective goal-setting framework for setting roadmap priorities, consider Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). Although not designed for product roadmaps in particular, the OKR model has a lot to offer product teams. Roadmaps Product Strategy

Treat your Roadmap as a Compass

The Product Coalition

How to effectively build and manage your roadmap and your stakeholders’ expectations. The Roadmap Challenge I recently participated in a meetup of very experienced product management leaders arranged by ProductX. We discussed roadmaps and the challenges surrounding them. The major reason for this challenge is that the roadmap is not just a tool for a product manager to properly plan. On top of that, your roadmap is also your commitment to your customers.As

How to Create Your Product Roadmap in 2019 (5 Templates Included)

The Product Coalition

Roadmapping is one of the unsung heroes in the product arena. The principles of creating a Product Roadmap First of all: as PMs, you are assumed to hold an ability to improvise. That said, a Product Roadmap is a good tool to actually anticipate mistakes.

The Dirty Dozen Roadmap Roadblocks

Product Culture

A good product roadmap is one of the most important and influential documents an organization can develop, publish and continuously update. It's key to success, and yet many organizations struggle to produce effective roadmaps. What Is a Product Roadmap? A roadmap is your vision for how a product (or product line) will help achieve your organization's strategic goals. A good roadmap inspires. I call these roadmap roadblocks the "Dirty Dozen.".

Roadmap Alternative FAQ

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In my prior article I discussed my favorite alternative to conventional product roadmaps. That article seemed to strike a chord in people, and I received quite a bit of very positive feedback. This didn’t really surprise me because as I said in the article, this is not a minor topic. Even if you didn’t have any questions on my prior article, I hope you’ll at least skim through these questions and answers in case something in there surprises you.

Opposite Views of a Product Roadmap

Tyner Blain

Your product roadmap is a view of what you are building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future. Or is your roadmap a view of why you are building whatever you’re building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future?

Product Updates: Numeric Fields + Milestone improvements for more flexible roadmapping

Roadmunk

We’re back with another release, and this time we’ve added optimizations to make Roadmunk more flexible to the way our users want to build and present roadmaps. Add numbers to your roadmaps. You can now add numbers to your roadmap with our newest Field Type.

A Roadmap to Product Peace

Product Culture

This is the seventh article in a series called The Dirty Dozen Roadmap Roadblocks. In this article, I will talk a little about what this controversial nobel peace prize winner can teach us about getting your stakeholders to buy into a practical plan and come together to make it happen. It’s much easier to discuss priorities and roadmap items one-on-one with the head of sales, for example, than it is if the head of marketing is also in the room.

What Pixar Knows about Motivating Stakeholders (and What it Means for Your Product Roadmap)

Revulytics

As product managers, we may sometimes feel as though communicating our roadmap strategies and recommendations to those who sit outside of the immediate team – sales, marketing, and other executive stakeholders – resembles Catmull’s first characterization of the unhealthy culture. As product managers, much of our role involves evangelizing our product roadmaps to people outside of our immediate team.

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. One attendee asked, “ Please explain how a prioritized list of features is not a roadmap? Called it a roadmap, then.

Yes, your agile team needs a product roadmap

UserTesting

Today’s article is a guest post from Heather McCloskey, Content Marketing Manager at ProductPlan. Just because your organization has adopted agile methodologies doesn’t mean that you don’t need a big picture strategy and a high-level plan for … The post Yes, your agile team needs a product roadmap appeared first on UserTesting Blog. Enjoy! _.

Good Product Management is the key to Organisational Happiness

Mind the Product

In this article I want to go through these four pillars for happiness and share my thoughts on how good product management contributes to these factors in any organisation. Consider the name of a key artefact that product managers own: the roadmap.

How To Groom Value-Based Product Backlogs From a Single Strategic Roadmap

Proficientz – Product Management University

Creating value-based product backlogs is pretty simple when there’s a single strategic roadmap for the portfolio. Learn How To Create a Strategic Portfolio Roadmap that drives value-based backlogs. Related Articles.

Third-Party Software Integration: Best Practice, Perils and Pitfalls

Mind the Product

Product management teams often ask themselves if third-party integration is right for their software product roadmap. Senior/director integration positions are usually expected to own a product roadmap strategy.

Agile Role Transitions: Keep Austin Agile 2018 Activity Summary

Agile Velocity

Schedule a free, 2-hour Agility Roadmap Workshop with an expert to help you understand the best next steps for your organization and how Agile Velocity can help your people feel better in their new roles. Contact Agile Velocity to schedule your free Agility Roadmap Workshop.

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3 Useful Analytics Hacks for Mobile Product Managers

ProductPlan

Today’s article will arm you with analytics hacks for product managers to solve key issues in your application early on. RoadmapsProduct managers are also problem managers. Crashes after a new version launch? It happens. Users dropping off after initial download? That happens too.

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Agile roadmaps – and other innovation insights for product managers July 22, 2016 - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers, developers, and innovators be heroes. 10 tips for creating an agile roadmap. (1) Get the Product Mastery Roadmap and….

Product Principles – A Leadership Tool

BrainMates

In a HBR article entitled How Leaders Can Let Go Without Losing Control , Mark Boncheck, the CEO of Shift Thinking, writes. “By RoadmapsOne of my all-time favourite books is The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz, in particular, the chapter entitled ‘The Struggle’.

How a Timeline Creator Can Help Your Product Stay on Track

Hutwork

For this article, we’ll focus on the timeline creator and how it can help your product stay on track. RoadmapsWhen you’re managing a product, there are a variety of tools and processes that help you track your product like a timeline creator. Tools and processes can vary depending on the industry you’re in. However, one thing that’s constant across companies and industries is the use of a product timeline.