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.

Tying Strategy to Your Product Roadmap

Pragmatic Marketing

We’ve all heard about “strategic” product roadmaps. A roadmap is a plan for your strategy that maps out the direction of your product. Ideally, it’s a high-level visual summary that helps product managers get everyone on the same page. Sustain product features.

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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? Some product managers think of technical debt as flaws in their products.

4 Key Elements for Any Product Roadmap

Hutwork

A product roadmap lets you plan, collaborate, and communicate with others about how a product will evolve over its lifecycle. Your product roadmap may look different from someone else’s, but they have the same elements. Here are the 4 key elements for any product roadmap. #1. Clear, measurable goals. Product goals must be clear and measurable. Finally, goals must be easy to understand, act upon, achieve, and measure.

How to Reduce the Product Backlog Size

Roman Pichler

Split the Product Backlog. Faced with an overly long and detailed product backlog, investigate if it does describe one cohesive product. Reduce the Product Backlog Scope. While this approach may sound radical, it ensures that your product backlog is concise and focused.

Priority Starts at the Top

Folding Burritos

I talk to a lot of PMs and I ask them (and everyone who subscribes to my newsletter) the same question: what’s your biggest struggle as a Product Manager? Having put together a fairly popular resource on product prioritization methods, I would’ve hoped the situation to be different.

Dealing with Difficult Emotions in Product Management

Roman Pichler

Why Difficult Emotions Matter Particularly for Product People. For us product people, however, difficult emotions are particularily relevant. We are responsible for their success of our products.

Technical Debt and Product Success

Roman Pichler

Why Technical Debt Matters for Product People. As the person in charge of the product, you may not be terribly concerned about how clean and well-structured the code is. Technical Debt and Your Product. Furthermore, consider the life cycle stage of your product.

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What is the Product of the VP Product?

Ask Benny

When your product is your team. Your Team is Your Product One of the hardest things for a VP Product to do, as the team of product managers under his lead grows, is to release control. As a VP Product, you need to trust your product managers to make the right decisions.

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4 Daily Scrum Tips for Product Owners & Product Managers

Roman Pichler

In Scrum, the team collectively agrees to a sprint goal and is responsible for meeting it. As the person in charge of the product, you should participate in the Daily Scrum at least twice a week. [1] Therefore, don’t turn it into a product backlog or roadmapping workshop.

What is the Product of the VP Product?

Ask Benny

When your product is your team. Your Team is Your Product One of the hardest things for a VP Product to do, as the team of product managers under his lead grows, is to release control. As a VP Product, you need to trust your product managers to make the right decisions.

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Three Simple Ways to Make Product Prioritisation Easier

Mind the Product

Here are some methods that help solve the prioritisation problem, depending on how product teams work and what they need. Anything in the top right, like ‘idea 7’, should go straight to the top of your roadmap. Here’s how that might look for your product: Impact.

The Seven-Part Guide to Portfolio Product Management & Marketing

Proficientz – Product Management University

This guide to portfolio product management and marketing answers the following seven questions. What is Portfolio Product Management and How Does It Differ From Traditional Product Management? What are the Core Principles of Portfolio Product Management?

Do It For the Portfolio Instead of Every Product: Five B2B Product Management Best Practices

Proficientz – Product Management University

The Portfolio vs. Every Product! Here are five B2B product management best practices that’ll give product management teams the coveted “strategic” moniker among executives, marketing, sales, engineering and customer success teams. ” Product 3 Goal: etc.

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Product Metrics Are Affecting Your Happiness

ProductPlan

Yet product managers generally love what they do and find the role quite fulfilling. However, there’s often a disconnect between aspects of the job that make product managers happy and the metrics upon which they’re judged. Product Metrics are Affecting Your Happiness.

Tools to Help Product Managers Think Strategically and Commercially: State of Product Meeting

Mind the Product

This second post on the methods we use at Onfido to help us think commercially and strategically looks at State of Product meetings. This meeting is an exercise in strategy, an opportunity to take stock of where your product is, where it fits within the wider market, and where it should go.

Why startups need to focus more on the Product and less on services.

The Product Coalition

Pitfalls of Service-Led vs Product-Focused startups I have been on both sides of the spectrum and it has worked well for companies like Infosys, TCS which take on large service agreements with organizations and provide consulting services or develop software.

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.

Are Your Product Leaders Good Enough?

BrainMates

I worry that this is becoming the case with Product Leaders too. Product Leaders who claim the title without actively seeking formal leadership learning and coaching are doing a disservice to those who serve their people and this great profession. The making of Product Leaders.

Why do organizations win when they put users at the center of product development?

AlphaHQ

Product teams strive to stay up to date with market trends and ensure they’re in tune with the customer for whom they’re building products. To combat this, Wizeline’s Head of Product, Wendy Johansson, argues for organizations to diversify their pool of product managers.

Obsess Over Customer Success and Product Success is All But Guaranteed

Proficientz – Product Management University

If you obsess over customer success, product success is all but guaranteed. Put your customer success manifesto into practice with one overarching goal and three supporting pillars. The Goal. Understand what’s required to make your target customers (the organization) successful, then figure out how to use your portfolio of products and services to grow profitably doing it. But each product team sees those same exact customers through the lens of a different product.

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What is the Product of the VP Product

The Product Coalition

When your product is your team. Your Team is Your Product One of the hardest things for a VP Product to do, as the team of product managers under his lead grows, is to release control. As a VP Product, you need to trust your product managers to make the right decisions.

Are Your Product Leaders Good Enough?

BrainMates

I worry that this is becoming the case with Product Leaders too. Product Leaders who claim the title without actively seeking formal leadership learning and coaching are doing a disservice to those who serve their people and this great profession. Product Managers.

5 Hard Questions for Mobile Product Managers

Apptentive

Our new guide, Five Hard Questions for Mobile Product Managers , covers tough questions product leaders should ask themselves, especially through a mobile lens. If you’re aiming to push yourself and your product to the next level, analyzing yourself is the best place to start!

How to Write a Perfect App Specification? (+Free Template)

Alty

Heads up, the hardest parts of launching a product is initially explaining its concept to the people who will work on it. User personas are semi-fictional profiles of your ideal customers/users, which outline their behavior patterns, goals, needs, aspirations and pain points.

Fundamentals of Product Management – For the Last Time

Sequent Learning

Fundamentals of Product Management – For the Last Time. People often ask me why I write books and articles about product management. Sometimes I detect patterns or trends in business performance that would benefit product people with a clarification or a ‘how-to’ guideline.

The Dharma of Product Management

The Product Coalition

I now lead Product UX and Design on the Brilliant Control and Mobile Apps, Product Management, and Product Analytics at Brilliant. If I think about the five years that I’ve been in Product, I’ve personally seen or heard of hundreds of Product Managers?—?both

3 Feature Prioritization Methods With Your Users In Mind

UX Studio

Whether in the pool or already on the market, a new product or service with plenty of ideas will constantly require recurring feature prioritization. For this reason, do not do feature prioritization as a solo activity; the more diverse a team (from product designers to business people), the better are the results from the feature prioritization session. Check the following methods because they approach a product’s functions from various perspectives.

Business model first–and other innovation insights for product managers Aug 19, 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. Another reminder why new products need a workable business model. good-products-bad-businesses/.

Product Managers, are You the CEO of Your Product?

The Product Coalition

by Ashley Sefferman , Head of Content at Apptentive When Ben Horowitz published his thoughts on the idea that product managers are the CEO of their products in “ Good Product Manager/Bad Product Manager ” nearly two decades ago, the concept was profound, but divisive.

The Ultimate Product Strategy Checklist for your Mobile App

The Product Coalition

Working as a product manager can be a busy, unpredictable and octopus-like existence. Bringing team members together, organizing user research, product demos, road mapping and more. They also said they wished they had a clearer product roadmap strategy.

How pricing strategy helps shape your entire business model

Inside Intercom

The classic example sees a company move from niche startup to mainstream scale-up, but it can also see companies hone their product-market fit by focusing on a more specialized, and yet more lucrative, user base. Goal of website. Goal of website. Goal of website.