Building a product roadmap to avoid potholes down the road

Mind the Product

Product roadmaps: love 'em or hate 'em, you probably spend a lot of time on them. Very often, that colorful set of bars on the timeline that we artfully sell to our leadership inadvertently leads to challenges down the road. Guest Post Product Roadmap

A Rearview Mirror for Your Product Roadmap

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For our recent book, Product Roadmaps Relaunched: How to Set Direction while Embracing Uncertainty (O’Reilly), my co-authors C. One concept I really wish we’d had space for is the idea of providing a rearward view of the roadmap — essentially a summary of what’s been delivered in the recent past — as a way to set context for the forward-looking portion of the roadmap. We talk a lot in the book about explaining the “why” of your roadmap.

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How to Overcome 6 Key Product Leadership Challenges

Roman Pichler

The latter includes carrying out product discovery and strategy work , updating the product roadmap , and prioritising the product backlog. What’s more, do not de-prioritise your leadership work even when push comes to shove and you are pressed for time. No Transactional Power.

How to Overcome 6 Key Product Leadership Challenges

Roman Pichler

The latter includes carrying out product discovery and strategy work , updating the product roadmap , and prioritising the product backlog. What’s more, do not de-prioritise your leadership work even when push comes to shove and you are pressed for time. No Transactional Power.

How to Sell Your Roadmap to Your Leadership Team

Speaker: Brett Truka, CEO, Devetry

A product roadmap needs to both capture your product’s strategy and outline your execution plan. Because these documents are such an essential component of your job as product manager, you also need to strategize your roadmap presentation. In other words, you need to speak your executive suite’s language. In this webinar, Brett Truka, CEO of Devetry, shares his experiences and advice on how to successfully sell your roadmap to your leadership team.

Product Leadership in Scrum

Roman Pichler

Three Types of Leadership. Each role provides a distinct type of leadership. 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]. The post Product Leadership in Scrum appeared first on Roman Pichler.

How to Make the Switch from Feature Roadmapping to Outcome-Driven Roadmaps

Dragonboat

Imagine this… You’re a new product operations manager joining a company that’s reached product-market fit, has a few product managers, and a brand new Chief Product Officer who wants to move away from feature-based roadmapping to outcome-driven roadmaps. Product Leadership product ops

Five Under-Appreciated Aspects of Product Leadership

The Product Coalition

As a result, I’ve come to value 5 different aspects of product leadership. Shift #1: A leader of leaders The two top things I’ve head people reply to the question “how do I move into Product Leadership?” ux leadership product-leadership startup product-management

Large Features and Long Deadlines Mean You Have a Gantt Chart, Not a Roadmap

Johanna Rothman

The managers want rigid roadmaps. However, the managers create a roadmap similar to the image above. That roadmap has large features and long “deadlines.” The managers created a Gantt Chart as a picture, not a roadmap. Remember: Roadmaps offer options.

10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Roadmap

Roman Pichler

Whenever you are faced with an agile, dynamic environment—be it that your product is young and is experiencing significant change or that the market is dynamic with new competitors or technologies introducing change, you should work with a goal-oriented product roadmap, sometimes also referred to as theme-based. Goal-oriented roadmaps focus on goals or objectives like acquiring customers, increasing engagement, and removing technical debt. 8 Make your Roadmap Measurable.

How to Package and Price Embedded Analytics

roadmap to deliver new features, but often wait until the last minute to decide how to price these features. toward consensus and your product roadmaps toward monetization. industry as a whole, with their leadership involved in the. HOW TO PACKAGE & PRICE EMBEDDED ANALYTICS.

A Product Manager’s Guide to Roadmapping as an Essentialist

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This article tackles one of the areas that gets the most interest from product managers: how can they use an essentialist approach to create and communicate better product roadmaps ? How to Roadmap like an Essentialist. The Planning Board is tied to the roadmap.

Podcast: Roadmaps, OKRs, Vision and Prioritisation with Bruce McCarthy

Mind the Product

Bruce McCarthy was the president of the Boston Product Management Association, is the founder of consultancy Product Culture and co-wrote the book on roadmapping, Product Roadmaps Relaunched. He joined us live at the Mind the Product Leadership Forum to chat about how he builds his own roadmaps, prioritisation, product vision, OKRs and quite a bit more. The biggest mistake people make on roadmaps. Roadmaps vs release plans. OKRs v roadmaps.

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Product Roadmap Essentials

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By Boston Women in Product – The product roadmap frames every task and is the lifeblood of delivering a successful product. Boston Women in Product has been considering the importance of mastering the product roadmap as a critical responsibility of the product manager. Imagine if you could engage industry experts in an informative dialog to gain valuable insights in helping you craft and master your own roadmaps. A roadmap is fuel to the fire in our bellies.

Product Roadmaps in Five Easy Pieces

Mind the Product

so my investor said that I need a product manager to do our product roadmap?”. When I worked as a product management consultant clients would often talk about “needing a product roadmap ASAP”. In reality, asking for a product roadmap was shorthand for “please help me with my strategy”. Product roadmaps are overloaded with significance and are a source of uncertainty among product managers. If you’re only going to read one thing: Product Roadmaps Relaunched.

Communicate Your Vision with an Internal Roadmap

The Product Coalition

Photo by Denise Jans on Unsplash There is a misconception that building a roadmap will define a product’s future. But a roadmap doesn’t create a clear view of the future. Your vision of the future should bring clarity to your roadmap. So why build a roadmap at all?

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Purpose vs. Product: Differentiate Your Strategy from Tactics (Portfolio & Roadmaps)

Johanna Rothman

That leads to large and unchangeable roadmaps and a lot of emphasis on predictability. This means you can create a product roadmap and a backlog. If you can't write that down, you can't build a roadmap or a backlog. I wait to start roadmaps once I have the project portfolio.

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. Without thoughtful leadership around them, it may not be in product manager’s gift to achieve a “good” roadmap. I would define a good roadmap as one that the team understands and feels ownership over. A Product Leader’s Role in Roadmapping.

Wartime Product Leadership lessons

The Product Coalition

So what does this mean for Product teams, and specifically product leadership? Tear up the roadmap & OKRs. product-leadership teamwork leadership product-managementI’ve spent most of my career working in the travel industry.

How to Make the Switch from Feature Roadmapping to Outcome-Driven Roadmaps

Dragonboat

Imagine this… You’re a new product operations manager joining a company that’s reached product-market fit, has a few product managers, and a brand new Chief Product Officer who wants to move away from feature-based roadmapping to outcome-driven roadmaps. Product Leadership product ops

Product Principles – A Leadership Tool

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The Product Leadership struggle is akin to the Entrepreneurship struggle because the role has no clear learning path. This conversation reduces barriers and shows your leadership skills, particularly your openness as a leader to team contribution and the opportunity for the team to create their own narrative. Setting the wheels in motion to create a set of Product Principles should begin to lift some of the fog from ‘The Product Leadership Struggle’. Roadmaps

Power Up: Three Ways to Increase Your Product Leadership Power

Roman Pichler

Challenging situations are great opportunities to grow as a human being and by doing so, you increase your leadership power. You may want to combine reviewing the market development together with the product performance in form of regular strategy and roadmap review meetings (as I discuss in more detail in my book Strategize ). Product Leadership empowerment mindfulness product manager product ownerIncrease Your Referent Power.

Funding your Roadmap

The Product Coalition

Funding your Product Roadmap How do you ask for funding as you scale your product & team You have a product roadmap (annual / multi-year) in front of you, crafted by you after months of deliberation, discussions, conversations, stakeholder and leadership feedback and reviews.

How to Run a Collaborative Roadmapping Exercise with Your Team

ProductPlan

You’re a product manager, and you need to run a collaborative roadmapping exercise with various teams across your company. What is a Collaborative Roadmapping Exercise? A collaborative roadmapping exercise is an ideation meeting. Step 3: Review the existing product roadmap.

If You’re Hitting All the Dates on Your Roadmap, You’re Doing It Wrong

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Important roadmap deadlines? What if I told you the team is celebrating the fact that they released the new version of their product a day before the internal deadline on their roadmap? Themes—Not Dates—Are the Stars of Your Roadmap. Where’s the story behind this roadmap?

Resilient Leadership During Challenging Times

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Resilient Leadership During Challenging Times. We reviewed our product roadmap with an eye toward “what do our customers need now ?” If you and your leadership team have hired right, then, hopefully, you have a deep bench of intrinsically motivated people. Roadmaps

The Roadmap Battle Royale

The Product Coalition

NAVIGATING THE NATURAL TENSION AMONG STAKEHOLDERS This is the first in a series on product roadmaps. The first post describes why roadmaps matter and who relies upon them. The roadmap is much more than a directive document that tells teams what to do by when.

A Roadmap Doesn’t Have to Lead to Broken Promises

Mind the Product

We’d spent weeks perfecting the roadmap presentation for our annual customer conference. It felt like people had overlooked all the greatness of our roadmap and were focused on the (relatively few) changes we’d made along the way. For many product people, this is the nightmare scenario of sharing their product roadmap. Why Have a Roadmap Conversation With Your Customer? ” The sales rep can say: “Yes, that’s currently on the roadmap for Q1.”

Replace Your Roadmap With a Responsive Portfolio to Drive Outcomes

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It’s time to replace your roadmap […]. The post Replace Your Roadmap With a Responsive Portfolio to Drive Outcomes appeared first on Dragonboat - Responsive PPM. Product Leadership Webinars CPO portfolio allocation prioritization product portfolio management

Product Leadership at News UK by Jo Wickremasinghe

Mind the Product

For example, the roadmap will likely be a collection of stakeholder requirements and you’ll be often told to just get on and do it. Shared Objectives Allow Laser-focused Roadmaps. If it didn’t contribute, it didn’t get onto the roadmap and it didn’t get done. The post Product Leadership at News UK by Jo Wickremasinghe appeared first on Mind the Product. Product Leadership Product Management Skills News UK product leadership product-led roadmaps The Sun The Times

Insights from the #mtpcon Product Leadership Forum – Part 3

Mind the Product

In Part 3 of our Product Leadership Forum recap, you can see an overview of the remaining insights from this year’s #mtpcon London Product Leadership Forum (if you missed them, you can take a look back at Part 1 and Part 2). Then see what they put on their backlog or roadmap. The post Insights from the #mtpcon Product Leadership Forum – Part 3 appeared first on Mind the Product.

How to Build a Roadmap for an Ultra Agile Team

The Product Coalition

When I talk about roadmaps with younger product leaders, I often hear things like “we don’t need one, we are agile” or “why build a roadmap when things will surely change”. The Benefits of a Roadmap Do Not Contradict Agility The roadmap is not a work plan.

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Insights From the #mtpcon San Francisco Product Leadership Forum

Mind the Product

At last week’s #mtpcon San Francisco Product Leadership Forum, senior product professionals got together to discuss the current hot topics of career paths, talent management, and psychological safety. Creating a healthy team environment often means saying “no” to leadership requests, but in many companies this can have a negative impact on the product manager’s rewards and recognition.

Servant Leadership – Josh Goldenberg

Mind the Product

He has a background in the public and private sectors and he begins his ProductTank NYC presentation with a quote from Steve Jobs, which underpins the central concept of Servant Leadership. Josh takes a brief moment to look at the roadmap of local government. To describe the diverse behaviours of work environments where flexible forms of product leadership is essential, Josh also looks at the structures of some big companies, like Amazon and Microsoft.

The Product Leadership Career Ladder

Mironov Consulting

In addition to my formal coaching of product leaders (Directors, VPs and CPOs who directly manage teams of product managers), I talk with lots of senior individual contributors about the risks and challenges of moving “up the ladder” into product leadership roles. Stakeholders see product managers attending meetings, writing stories, presenting roadmaps or presenting shipment data.

Product Roadmap Success: BWP Hosts Lively Roundtable Discussion

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By Garima Painuly- One of the constant challenges a product manager faces is creating a focused product roadmap that is aligned with expectations of all stakeholders, and defending that roadmap against distractions. The discussion topics were inspired by a blog post from Fresh Tilled Soil on Building a Product Roadmap. Boston Women in Product (BWP) hosted “Product Roadmaps: A Roundtable Discussion” on March 28th, 2017. Creating a Focused Product Roadmap.

Insights from the #mtpcon London Product Leadership Forum – Part 2

Mind the Product

In Part 2 of our Product Leadership Forum recap, we take a look at yet more insights shared by a group of senior product leaders during #mtpcon 2019 (if you missed Part 1, take a look here). One way of moving them away from three-year roadmaps and project investment, is to get them to look at funding in an investment cycle. The post Insights from the #mtpcon London Product Leadership Forum – Part 2 appeared first on Mind the Product.

Translate Your Vision to Action with an Internal Roadmap

The Product Coalition

Part one of this article taught you how to align a roadmap with aspirational business goals. The initial steps of this framework took collaboration between business leadership and the product team to set a direction for development decisions. Share that roadmap!

6 Product Leadership Interview Questions and Answers

ProductPlan

Before hiring a product leader, you need to ensure that you understand the most essential product leadership interview questions that can help better inform your hiring decision. . 6 Product Leadership Interview Questions to Ask.

How To Create Kick-Ass Product Roadmaps (Spoiler Alert: There are 3 types of Roadmaps)

The Product Coalition

3 Different Types of Roadmaps Every PM Needs to Master Roadmapping is not easy. Every company demands different types of Roadmaps, and every PM has their own flavour. Here is a step by step process to create roadmaps so you can influence anyone in your company like a true Jedi. So what is Product Roadmap? A product roadmap is a tool used by PM’s to communicate the what and the why of a product. Your roadmap is used across the whole product lifecycle.