Agile · Features · MVP · Problems · Product management

Why MVPs matter

Maybe it’s because we are about to get at least a little bit of a baseball season, but I’ve been thinking a lot about MVPs lately. In the context of Agile product development, an MVP is a minimum viable product, or a basic solution that addresses a customer’s core need without trying to solve every… Continue reading Why MVPs matter

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Problems, Outcomes, and Impact

This morning I was listening to a podcast from Inside Intercom By the way, if you’re interested in product development at any level – if you’re a designer, a marketer, a developer, a product manager, a tester – and you are not listening to the weekly podcast from Inside Intercom then I strongly encourage you… Continue reading Problems, Outcomes, and Impact

Agile · Change Management · Communication · Customer conversations · Decision making · Features · Jobs to be done · Leadership · Planning · Product management · VOC

Wednesday wisdom – 22 August

Warning: the ideas below are a bit raw as this concerns a currently on-going situation keeping me occupied enough that it’s tough to find sustained time to reflect; feel free to weigh in with suggestions if you have them. And thanks for understanding; I’d love to only share fully polished ideas but in truth it’s… Continue reading Wednesday wisdom – 22 August

Agile · Communication · Customer conversations · Decision making · Features · listening · New features · Planning · Product management · Prototypes

Wednesday wisdom – 11 July

One thing we’ve been working on as our product organization grows is how to effectively communicate with different groups internally and externally about our product. The ideas below are still in the midst of iteration but I wanted to share here the ways I am thinking about communicating our product plans across time horizons with… Continue reading Wednesday wisdom – 11 July

Agile · Book reviews · Communication · Customer conversations · Features · Innovation · Problems · Product management · Reading

The Mom Test

This morning I had the chance to facilitate a discussion with some product leaders in my firm about the first half of Rob Fitzpatrick’s book The Mom Test. This is a wonderful book (and a quick read) about the right and wrong ways to talk with clients and prospects about issues they face. We’ve been… Continue reading The Mom Test

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Solve problems, don’t build features

I came across a great piece from the folks at Intercom that I wanted to share. Here’s the link: Great-product-managers-dont-spend-time-on-solutions The article examines the core activities or stages involved in product development and asks where the most effective place is for a product manager to focus. It is often easier – and quite tempting – to… Continue reading Solve problems, don’t build features