Agile · Planning · Product management

How much is too much?

Philadelphia sports fans are very familiar with the mantra: Trust the Process. But when it comes to software development many teams and leaders wonder how much ‘process’ is really needed. For those of us happily working in an Agile environment we reject the process-heavy development methodology known as ‘waterfall’ in which copious documentation and arduous… Continue reading How much is too much?

Agile · Communication · Planning · Product management · Prototypes

The real purpose of product roadmaps

If you’re involved in product development you’ve almost certainly been asked at some point to produce a product roadmap. This might have coincided with a client conference or been part of a request for slides to incorporate when talking to an important prospect, or it might have been part of an annual business review. Knowing… Continue reading The real purpose of product roadmaps

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

Coaching · Communication · Effectiveness · feedback · Leadership · Planning · Product management · Reblog

The Light at the End of the Tunnel & New Year Perspectives

Originally posted on Applied Product Management Leadership:
Taking stock towards the end/beginning of a year is always a good idea.  I had every intention of doing this prior to taking some vacation, but unfortunately the dreaded holiday bug caught up with me this year and laid me out for the better part of a week.…

Effectiveness · Leadership · Planning · Principles

Intentional start to the new year

Each year I begin the month of January by carving out time to reflect on the past year and plan for the new one. The often hectic holiday season rarely provides me the opportunity to craft meaningful resolutions for the new year and I prefer to ponder these issues rather than rushing into commitments I… Continue reading Intentional start to the new year

Agile · Change Management · Leadership · Planning · Principles · Product management · Reblog

Just a little change

Continuing my summer revisiting some of my favorite posts from 5 years ago, here’s another in my early blog series on the key concerns of a product owner. I hope you enjoy these thoughts on how to think about changing requirements in an Agile development environment. Sometimes it is the supposedly little changes that introduce… Continue reading Just a little change