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. The numerous parties to the roadmap have different motivations and needs which you as the PM must be weighing in order to achieve a higher success probability. Battleground The product roadmap.

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. A product roadmap isn’t simply a list of features or the backlog. The Benefits of a Strategic Roadmap. A product roadmap has several ultimate goals. 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.

A Practical Guide for Product Strategy From Almundo: A Case Study:

Mind the Product

Eighteen months ago travel tech company Almundo started to refine its processes to become a product-driven company. Our goal was to define how we would set and communicate the company strategy, and how that strategy would lead OKRs and backlog definition. Roadmaps are Dead!

What Goes Into a Good Product Roadmap? A Guide to Narrowing your Focus.

Bain Public

At Bain Public, we have learned a lot in the many hours and conversations spent mentoring, advising and consulting in product management. Companies that don’t have a simple and clearly defined roadmap are likely to fall into the sorry category of those that have failed to execute their product strategy, or worse, those that never even had one in the first place. Getting it wrong comes in two forms: building the wrong product and building the product wrong.

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.

Stakeholder Management Tips for Product People

Roman Pichler

As the person in charge of the product, your aspiration should be to lead the stakeholders in order to create value together and achieve product success. A stakeholder is anyone who has a stake in your product, who is affected by it, or who shows an interest in the offering.

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. Over time, products can serve an increasingly heterogeneous market and provide a large number of different features, some of which may not be used by all users. The company unbundled the messaging functionality originally included in its Facebook mobile app and made it available as a stand-alone product.

Choosing the Right Planning Horizon for Your Product

Roman Pichler

But in product management, there are several horizons that need to be considered—how many depends on the product planning model you use. 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. Product Strategy model planning

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. But the quality of your product matters: It directly impacts your ability to achieve strategic product goals and make your products successful: Technical debt makes it hard to experiment with new ideas, release new features, and quickly respond to user feedback. [1].

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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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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. It ranges from carrying out product discovery and strategizing work to managing the product backlog ; from talking to users to meeting with marketing and answering questions from the support team—to name just a few examples.

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. It ranges from carrying out product discovery and strategizing work to managing the product backlog ; from talking to users to meeting with marketing and answering questions from the support team—to name just a few examples.

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] Additionally, you may want to ask the team to help refine product backlog items or update the product roadmap , for instance. [2]. Therefore, don’t turn it into a product backlog or roadmapping workshop. Tip #1: Know what it’s all about.

Importance of A Holistic Product Function in A Startup

The Product Coalition

The role of a Product Owner/Manager/Strategist is to help startups capture and transform customer insights into full product experiences that in turn increase customer satisfaction, loyalty, retention, and the business values. Product Management in an inter-disciplinary role which tries to marry Business strategy and Marketing with Design and Engineering, hence making better products that users need. Analysis of Share of Voice (how consumers perceive the product) 4.

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. And not only does it help a product team to decide what to do, it’s an enormous help to demonstrate to your wider stakeholders why you’re not doing something. Here’s how that might look for your product: Impact. Scrap that roadmap, it’s time to pivot!

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. One of the best ways to do it is to understand that your product is no longer “the product”. All my product managers must come to product from humbleness.

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.

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. One of the best ways to do it is to understand that your product is no longer “the product”. All my product managers must come to product from humbleness.

Best of our Contributor Product-Centric Articles

Bain Public

Nearly all Product Managers are now exposed to high-level business objectives and strategies and are challenged by the growing demands on time and responsibilities. Here’s a list of our product-centric articles that our contributors published. They help define the product management role and focus on finding ways to leave an impact on business strategy and initiatives. Originally published by Loren O'Brien-Egesborg Any company + product manager ? a product company.

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

Proficientz

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. Imagine that you have 20 products, each of them with strong growth potential in five market segments. Let’s say all 20 products have three market segments in common. ” Product 3 Goal: etc.

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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.

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.

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. I am sure you all know the differences between the product vs service company. Just to recap: Product-based companies are driven by an idea to help different customers and are always improving the product.

Obsess Over Customer Success and Product Success is All But Guaranteed

Proficientz

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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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.

The Seven-Part Guide to Portfolio Product Management & Marketing

Proficientz

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? What are the Key Best Practices for Adopting Portfolio Product Management? Are There New Roles in a Portfolio Product Management Model? How Does Portfolio Product Management Impact Product Marketing?

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. So I have a strong sense of what product managers want. But — like all good product folks — I also want to anchor my personal opinions in market data. What does a product leader actually do?

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. Framing the product strategy this way enables her team to better understand customers’ desired activities and goals, even as her own organization scales. Customer-informed roadmaps.

Announcing Modus Kickstart

Modus Create

Just like building a house, if a product’s vision, blueprint, or the foundation is wrong, the output has serious problems. Successful projects start with everyone understanding the goals, processes, general requirements, and technologies. Once a full team is engaged, these problems can be costly – to the product team and to your business. The Modus Kickstart is a structured, facilitated set of workshops to help accelerate a successful product release.

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. While learning is a necessity for great leadership, the love, passion and drive of Product Leaders to lead people are equally important. The Product Manager is often seen as the leader of a single product.

Meet Bain Public: Built for the Greater Hygiene

Bain Public

Within these organizations exist hundreds, perhaps thousands of dedicated product managers. But the product manager is often mistaken for the "project manager." One fosters an "IT mindset," while the other fosters a "Product mindset." A few years ago, after an 8-year stint working as a product manager for startups in Silicon Valley, Paul realized something about the tech organization ecosystem in his hometown of Montreal: many of them had poor product culture.

Product vs Project Management?—?Batman & Robin or Marvel & DC?

The Product Coalition

Product vs Project Management?—?Batman Source: Animated Times During my career, I have worked extensively as both a project manager and a product manager; within consulting and in multiple industries. I’ve worked in companies that have both roles, companies that only have project managers and companies that only have product managers. Product and Project Management?—?two Product and project managers are neither complements nor direct substitutes.

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!

A Guide to Gap Analysis

The Product Coalition

Photo by Suad Kamardeen on Unsplash It’s often easy to lose sight of your goal in business. As a result, it becomes tricky to know whether your performance meets your long-term goals. Maybe you want to see if your existing systems still meet your goals. Or maybe you’re working out which features should make it into your product. Gap analysis is a way of comparing your current business performance to your long-term goals.

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.

The Story Behind Our Advisory Work With WatchMojo

Bain Public

Over the last 3 years, Bain Public has worked closely with the Canada-based media production and distribution company WatchMojo. During this time, it has been our job as innovative and creative product leaders to help them uncover opportunities, explore pain points, align priorities and optimise their production process. It’s important to note that successful roadmaps aren’t built in a day , nor are they developed in isolation. The Goal Behind Unity.

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. One of the best ways to do it is to understand that your product is no longer “the product”. All my product managers must come to product from humbleness.

Bringing Product Management to the Next Level at Livescale

Bain Public

Thanks to Livescale, live shopping allows brands to monetize their social influence, promote their products on video, and sell online with live streaming solutions where orders and payment systems go right to their e-commerce platform. Who is the face behind the innovative product management? Meet Chanida Rayrolles, Product Manager at Livescale. Her job is to not only create and maintain a product roadmap according to business ROI but also to lead the product release plans.