The Indispensable Document for the Modern Manager

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Building an API that Developers Love

Mind the Product

Without documentation developers will have no clue where to start. For this purpose, they have developed Double Doc- a library that allows users to write the documentation in the code. ProductTank San Francisco Uncategorized Video API API-first Business model Documentation SDK

A Lean Alternative to a Business Plan: Documenting Your Product/Market Fit Hypotheses

Sachin Rekhi

Here is what I typically capture when initially documenting a startup's product/market fit hypotheses: 1. But it's important to document why specifically you think you'll be able to create a solution that is ideally 10x better than the existing solutions on the market.

MRDs – How Much “Market” Is In Your Market Requirements Documents?

High Octane Product Management

A Market Requirements Document That’s All “Market” Think of your MRD as the headliner to the product requirements. Save the “how” components for your product requirements document. The post MRDs – How Much “Market” Is In Your Market Requirements Documents? Wealth made simple: news and articles from IRC Wealth. Most B2B organizations use a M arket R equirements D ocument (MRD) for driving new solutions to market.

How should product managers write requirements?

Product Manager in Heels

Data documentation documents Requirements use cases wireframes workflowsA requirement is a short statement of the problem. Everyone has different ways to write requirements.

The Evolution of Modern Product Discovery

Product Talk

The days of gathering requirements from business stakeholders and documenting them in long product requirements documents are vanishing. We weren’t building what they wanted because product requirements documents are a terrible way to communicate.

How Little Can You Do (& Still be Effective)

Johanna Rothman

In a regulated industry, the managers can advocate for more agile approaches with auditors and help clear the way from non-value-add documentation. Teams might need to supply some documentation, but not as much as people might think.). Back in Manage It!, I suggested that for requirements, the questions should be, “How little can we do?” ” and still have a great product. My argument was this: the longer the project (regardless of approach), the more risk there is.

Three Superpowers of a Product Manager

Mind the Product

They show what has worked for us successfully day in day out, and demonstrate that the powers of a PM boil down to communication, documentation and data! But please note that release notes are not meant as a user guide – level up your documentation powers for this weapon of choice.

Product Requirements: Using a Written or Visual Framework

Mind the Product

There’s a lot of variation in how companies document product requirements. Some are moving away from detailed, written product requirements documents (PRDs), while others are using shorter write-ups, user stories, or jobs-to-be-done formats.

4 Powerful Ways to Use Rapid Prototyping to Drive Product Success

Product Talk

and the rise in popularity of AJAX , it got harder and harder to write good product requirements documents. Interactions were becoming far too complex to describe and many teams started to adopt prototypes in place of requirements documents.

Innovation begins with observation

Under10 Playbook

Just document it and they'll get the gag. In a recording session, Mick Jagger complained about Bill Wyman’s bass playing. After Jagger walked away, Wyman asked Keith Richards what to do, Richards whispered, “Just play what you were playing before.”

The Worst that Could Happen

Under10 Playbook

Many different types of media will be needed; marketing materials, training materials for internal use and help documentation for users, blog posts, social media posts and press releases. Do you plan for the worst?

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

B2B Product Management

You work closely with engineering team, define and document the requirements, attend the scrum. We get this question a lot. This is very typical of someone from a technical background (ex. Currently in engineering or related area) thinking of moving to Product Management.

Product to Product: Atlassian’s Evan Michner on why PMs need to be great writers

Roadmunk

And often that comes back to I didn’t have the documentation, or it wasn’t clear, or I lost the page where we were tracking our success metrics. Whether, it’s a document that you create or process you put in place. . Does your product document read like that?

Effective Product Roadmaps

Melissa Perri

There should be an accompanying strategy document that addresses how these goals help the company reach its Vision, but the Roadmap itself does not serve that purpose. Roadmaps are a living document. Product Roadmaps, in general, are confusing. The truth?

Create Your First Roadmap with Craft

Craft.io

A product roadmap is product management document whose purpose is to show the strategy of the product, in terms of the goals meant to be achieved over time. If you’re just getting started with Craft, you may want to start at the beginning.

Tying Strategy to Your Product Roadmap

Pragmatic Marketing

Documenting this forces you to nail down many of the key items that will inform your roadmap. Whether you use PowerPoint, a product roadmap template or product roadmap software, create a roadmap document that has impact. By Jim Semick. We’ve all heard about “strategic” product roadmaps.

User Story Reflections

Roman Pichler

Agile approaches happily accept tacit knowledge , knowledge that is not explicitly expressed and written down, and they prefer face-to-face conversation over documentation. Users.

Product Roadmap Success: BWP Hosts Lively Roundtable Discussion

bpma ProductHub

According to Richard Banfield of Fresh Tilled Soil, a successful product roadmap is a strategic document that focuses on the product vision and conveys the path to achieve it.

This New Template Helps You Write Better Product Requirements

PM Hardcore

is via some variety of “product requirements document” – the written-down “Why?” This might be a document, or a wiki page, or even a post-it note. “Communication” by Joan M. See below for image credit. Effective Communication is Challenging.

Ask Steve: How to deal with tiered pricing

Under10 Playbook

The team license however includes the ability to share documents; for example, one product manager can use another product manager’s persona definition. A2A: In a typical tiered pricing scenario, buying 101 seats in Tier 2 is cheaper than buying 100 seats in Tier 1.

Product Manager vs. Product Owner

Melissa Perri

I was tasked with gathering the requirements from sales, coming up with a solution, designing it, and then shipping the specification document to development to be built. “What is the difference between a Product Owner and a Product Manager?”.

The 5 Minute Guide to Design Systems

Userzoom

It’s both living documentation and a robust set of components. Making a design system isn’t intrinsically difficult, but it does require time and effort to document and standardize everything. Create the actual document one section at a time, starting with the color palette.

How to Work with Developers

Under10 Playbook

Some of these will be in your head but not documented; others will be replies to inquiries. Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. Vincent Van Gogh, Post-Impressionist painter. A2A: How does a product manager work with product development?

8 Tips for Collaborating with Development Teams

Roman Pichler

Hold the team accountable and expect that people do a good job–that commitments are kept and agreements respected, that sprint goals are delivered, that the team adheres to the definition of done and creates software that works, is documented, and tested. Otherwise the team may become demotivated and start to take shortcuts like compromising quality and neglecting documentation. Manage the Product, not the Team.

Gleaning Product Insights from Your User Onboarding Process

UserVoice

You can apply the same analysis to the FAQs, Documentation, and Knowledge Base items you may have available. The customer onboarding process is a vital stop on the path to customer happiness and product success.

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 the one document that steers the entire organization in delivering on the company strategy. It's key to success, and yet many organizations struggle to produce effective roadmaps. In fact, many organizations don’t create one, even to publish internally. Or they do, but it is simply a collection of unrelated features and dates.

Let’s Abandon Customers and Users

Mironov Consulting

I spend a lot of time sifting through documents, positioning and stories – trying to figure out who we’re talking about. As a product manager, I think it’s my obligation to bring clarity and precision to discussions… so talking generically about customers or users can be exasperating.

Cut Your Time to Productivity in Half with Better On-Boarding

Under10 Playbook

Are these documented? Fewer than 50% of companies have a documented idea-to-market process so explaining your internal methods is often difficult.

Let’s stop calling it software engineering

Under10 Playbook

As with authoring books, managers can try to control the creative process with documents and schedules and plans. Much of the language of software creation is based on the manufacturing metaphor. We “plan” software. We “engineer” software.

Why Write Requirements

Tyner Blain

Don’t just follow some prescription and go through the motions of documenting requirements. The simple act of documenting requirements based on your understanding of market needs will identify opportunities to improve your understanding of your market.

The Rise of Modern Product Discovery

Product Talk

The product manager interviews key stakeholders to understand what they need, documenting what they find. I love that Marty Cagan and Jeff Patton have long been advocates of dual-track development.

Developing Product Management Confidence

bpma ProductHub

Jeff has spent most of his career in product management but is currently the Senior Director of Product Marketing for the Nuance Document Imaging division of Nuance Communications, Inc.

Escaping the Build Trap by Melissa Perri

Mind the Product

Like most of us, when Melissa Perri started as a product manager she started with giant requirements documents, dutifully recording every little detail from stakeholders and turning them into shiny docs for the developers.

How Do You Test Automated Data Entry for Mobile Web Apps? A Tip We Gave to Our Customer

Amir Rozenberg

Indeed, the successes which have followed the addition of fingerprint ID- and soon, face ID – are well documented. These days, many brands are finding new ways of streamlining the user experience in order to drive higher adoption rates, increased security, and user satisfaction.

The best roadmap isn't a big effort

Under10 Playbook

The roadmap has become one of the most commonly requested—yet frequently misunderstood—documents in the product manager’s arsenal.

The Ideal Product Marketing Candidate for B2B

High Octane Product Management

Understands the purpose of presentation slides – a series of visually appealing cue cards that tell a compelling value story, not product documentation in PowerPoint format! Wealth made simple: news and articles from IRC Wealth. This sample product marketing job description just might ruffle a few feathers. First, it’s not your typical “get the product off the shelf” job description. Second, there may be people in product marketing roles that don’t meet the requirements.

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Five Steps to Solutions-Driven Product Management

High Octane Product Management

Data security solutions for banks…customer service solutions for telecom…document management solutions for healthcare…you get the picture. Here’s what makes solutions-driven product management such a challenge. The vast majority of product companies are a mishmash of products brought together through mergers and/or acquisitions. Each one throws another silo into the fire that further fragments strategies, product plans, R&D, marketing and sales.

First Things First: How Does A Product Manager Start?

The Accidental Product Manager

Sorry, you’re not going to find this documented in your product manager job description. Product managers need to know how to get things started Image Credit: Andre Chinn. So you are in the process of starting your brand new product manager job. Congratulations. Now what?

Product Management for Dummies

Product Bookshelf

Writing, documenting and discussing the positioning statement, personas, and segments not only develops clarity for the team, but highlights challenges and opportunities with the current offering. Not just for dummies, this book is for everyone.

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