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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.".

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.

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….

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.

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].

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.

Digital Transformation and Product Management

Roman Pichler

This helps the individuals embrace an agile mindset, take advantage of new techniques and tools—think of hypotheses-driven strategy validation, goal-oriented product roadmaps, and user stories—and effectively collaborate with the agile development teams. Take the product roadmap, for example.

A Trello template for your Product Backlog

Folding Burritos

Since publishing my article on how to organize a large product backlog , I got a lot of questions from readers that wanted more details on the workflow and how to set it up in Trello. Here are the links: Roadmap board.

This Framework Gives You Product Management Super Powers

The Secret PM Handbook

” 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

The Secret PM Handbook

” 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

The Secret PM Handbook

” 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!

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.”

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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How To Say “No” To A Feature Request

The Secret PM Handbook

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.

A New Focus On Product Management Opportunity

The Secret PM Handbook

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.

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.

Growth Mindset in Product Management

Roman Pichler

The same is true for my product management expertise: Acquiring it has taken me many years, making plenty of mistakes, learning from other product people, and reading more books and articles than I can remember. Embrace a Growth Mindset.

Moving from Solutions to Problems

Folding Burritos

This figure summarizes the entire approach and I go into the details over the rest of the article. Because I read this article on Gizmodo that said that our core demographic no longer uses email. Why do you think that article is trust-worthy?

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

The Secret PM Handbook

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

The Secret PM Handbook

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.

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?

Behind the scenes of product development: Building the perfect product

Hutwork

” An excellent article to read is one on LinkedIn by Subin Das PK, entitled “ The Importance of Hard Work in Success.” If you want to dig deeper into the discipline of product management, read Faruk Ates’ article in Product Matters on Medium. TechTarget has an excellent article, “ The Impact of Real Buyer Insights on Product Management and Marketing Decisions.” Your product roadmap can help you avoid surprises down the road.

The Right People in the Right Roles

The Product Bistro

During the course of the evening, one topic we discussed was related to an article that he read that emphatically made the case that small (and some not so small) companies often look to a single leader for “Sales and Marketing.” Like Marketing and Sales, where you are cheating yourself by not staffing with two leaders, product management, product owner, and product marketing need three leaders, who can effectively work together to deliver on the strategy and the roadmap.

How To Say “No” To A Feature Request

The Secret PM Handbook

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

The Secret PM Handbook

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.

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.

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.

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.