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.

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.

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.

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.

The Alternative to Roadmaps

svpg

” 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.

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?

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.

The Dirty Dozen Roadmap Roadblocks

Product Powers

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

svpg

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.

A Roadmap to Product Peace

Product Powers

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.

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 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 Leadership in Scrum

Roman Pichler

While the three roles exercise different leadership, the people involved must effectively collaborate to achieve product success and align product strategy, roadmap, backlog, design and technology, and process decisions—without losing focus of their respective core responsibility. [1].

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.

Choosing the Right Planning Horizon for Your Product

Roman Pichler

In the product planning model above, the vision describes the ultimate purpose for creating the product; the product strategy states how the vision will be realised; and the product roadmap states how the strategy will be implemented. Planning Horizons and Planning Model.

Here’s Why Every Product Manager Must Learn to Love Data

UserVoice

The HBR article suggests anyone without a basic understanding of statistics take a refresher, while noting that said refresher does not mean going back to school. You Can Use Data to Make Better Roadmap Decisions. “Big data.”

How Much Time Should You Spend in Product Discovery?

Product Talk

While a traditional product roadmap (the kind with features and dates) depicts the route a product team will take to some uncertain outcome, an opportunity solution tree depicts all the routes a team might take to reach a known outcome. Are you interested in more articles like this?

This Framework Gives You Product Management Super Powers

PM Hardcore

” In this case, the previous observations are the articles I’ve been posting on the blog. In this article, I tie the older posts to the framework. The Challenge of Roadmaps. How To Share A Roadmap Without Driving Into A Ditch. Breakthrough!

Sprint Review Tips for Product Owners

Roman Pichler

Use the product roadmap together with the overall product strategy to decide if you should take on a request. See my article “ How to Choose the Right Product Validation Technique in Scrum ” for more information.). Involve the Right People.

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This Framework Gives You Product Management Super Powers

PM Hardcore

” In this case, the previous observations are the articles I’ve been posting on the blog. In this article, I tie the older posts to the framework. The Challenge of Roadmaps. How To Share A Roadmap Without Driving Into A Ditch. Breakthrough!

This Framework Gives You Product Management Super Powers

PM Hardcore

” In this case, the previous observations are the articles I’ve been posting on the blog. In this article, I tie the older posts to the framework. The Challenge of Roadmaps. How To Share A Roadmap Without Driving Into A Ditch. Breakthrough!

How To Say “No” To A Feature Request

PM Hardcore

It’s a different process if the enhancement is a good idea, but you are just unable to prioritize it highly enough to replace something else on the roadmap. I’ll do another article on that soon. No (picture credit at the bottom). Sometimes No Is The Right Answer.

Student Spotlight: Dave Masters

Melissa Perri

Additionally, it has an international community of students who share great articles & provide alternate takes on issues that Product people deal with regularly. It's probably a tie between stakeholder buy-in and developing a comfort level of uncertainty in a product roadmap.

The T-Shaped Product Manager

Roman Pichler

Strategic skills include the ability to develop an effective product strategy , actionable roadmap , and working business model. Ask yourself, for example, how much you know about creating and validating a product strategy, about product roadmapping, and business model development.

A New Focus On Product Management Opportunity

PM Hardcore

Could I give you a roadmap for taking these ideas and applying them to your own product management career to create new opportunities ? Looking through to the next stage. A long work in progress. This blog has been going for a long long time.

The Evolution of Modern Product Discovery

Product Talk

Jobs to Be Done: A Roadmap for Customer-Centered Innovation. This becomes their discovery roadmap. Then I say, how many of you have read an article that says coffee is bad for you, and almost everybody has read one of those articles. Product management is evolving quickly.

All I know is coding. Can I become a Product Manager?

B2B Product Management

In this article, we will explore the two broad categories of the Product Manager role. You also develop the roadmap and address the product development as per the roadmap. You define a high-level roadmap of the product. We get this question a lot.

A New Focus On Product Management Opportunity

PM Hardcore

Could I give you a roadmap for taking these ideas and applying them to your own product management career to create new opportunities ? Looking through to the next stage. A long work in progress. This blog has been going for a long long time.

A New Focus On Product Management Opportunity

PM Hardcore

Could I give you a roadmap for taking these ideas and applying them to your own product management career to create new opportunities ? Looking through to the next stage. A long work in progress. This blog has been going for a long long time.

Gleaning Product Insights from Your User Onboarding Process

UserVoice

In This Article: Why Gather Product Feedback During New Customer Onboarding? The customer onboarding process is a vital stop on the path to customer happiness and product success.

How To Say “No” To A Feature Request

PM Hardcore

It’s a different process if the enhancement is a good idea, but you are just unable to prioritize it highly enough to replace something else on the roadmap. I’ll do another article on that soon. No (picture credit at the bottom). Sometimes No Is The Right Answer.

How To Say “No” To A Feature Request

PM Hardcore

It’s a different process if the enhancement is a good idea, but you are just unable to prioritize it highly enough to replace something else on the roadmap. I’ll do another article on that soon. No (picture credit at the bottom). Sometimes No Is The Right Answer.

Redesigning NBC News Digital from the outside in

Roadmunk

Having done a few redesigns and burned myself by starting with the inside—which is often the home page and article page—I’ve learned that the reverse is better. For instance, we tested our new article page with editors and audience.

When was the Last Time you Talked to Your Customers?

Mind the Product

From all the articles I’ve read about this subject in the last few years, I haven’t seen many where other companies have shared their experiences in a way that I’ve been able to learn from. In the beginning of this year we opened up the roadmap. love asking people this question.

Weekly Round Up – 29th May 2016

Product Club

We do the hard work collating all of the best content and articles so that you don’t have to – it’s all a part of our efforts to grow a thriving product community. In this article Dan talks about how in crafting products, there’s a tension between two dispositions.

A day in the Life of Jamie Parkins, Senior Product Manager at JustGiving

Mind the Product

I’d love to see more articles that touch on that.”. Roadmaps are important: “They enable others to get lined up, marketing efforts, client/customer support efforts.

5 Best Practices for Gathering Customer Feedback in 2018

Pragmatic Marketing

The experience also drove me to write this article on what I consider to be best practices for gathering customer feedback. which, as you probably know, is product roadmapping software). Some are promoted to our roadmap and others are not. This is an integrated approach—idea management is woven into our product roadmapping process. "What is most important to you?"

Prioritizing for Strategic Alignment

Under10 Playbook

One of the questions we tackle in roadmapping is how an idea aligns with the organization’s strategy and vision—before it hits the roadmap.