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.

What Does the Agile Roadmapping Process Look Like in Practice?

ProductPlan

In today’s article, we’ll discuss the agile roadmapping process. We’ll start by reviewing the objectives of roadmaps and planning for agile teams, then share some special considerations for agile roadmaps. Why Agile Teams Need A Product Roadmap.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sustainable Pace in Product Management

Roman Pichler

These include interviewing users, working on the product roadmap, updating the product backlog, engaging with the stakeholders, and working with the development team, to name just a few. What is Sustainable Pace? Sustainable pace is an important agile principle.

Tips for Rewriting a Digital Product

Roman Pichler

Once you have identified the right way forward, capture your decisions in a product roadmap like my GO Product Roadmap. See the Rewriting Effort as an Opportunity to Innovate.

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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.

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.

Technical Debt and Product Success

Roman Pichler

If a refactoring release is the right approach for you, then your product roadmap should reflect this: It should show a release dedicated to future-proofing the product and making the necessary technical changes. Why Technical Debt Matters for Product People.

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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.

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.”

7 Tips From Product Leaders to Kick off 2019

ProductPlan

New goals, new roadmaps, new initiatives. Let your roadmap do the explaining. Product roadmaps serve a handful of needs, from communicating goals to visualizing strategic themes. To elaborate on her quote, Hoadley advocates for roadmaps organized by strategic themes.

The Best Product Management Content of 2018

ProductPlan

This year alone we’ve published more than 100 new articles on product management, and there’s plenty more on the way in 2019. At ProductPlan, we love content. Especially product management content.

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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.