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

Agile · MVP · Problems · Product management · Prototypes · VOC

The challenge of finding product-market fit

Yet again for this week’s blog post I want to share some ideas from April’s online Everyday Innovators Summit that I found particularly striking. In this case the thoughts came from a session Dan Olsen, author of The Lean Product Playbook, presented on finding product-market fit. If you’re involved in product development or listen to… Continue reading The challenge of finding product-market fit

Agile · Development Effort · Effectiveness · Features · podcasts · Problems · Product management

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 · 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

Agile · Innovation · New features · Problems · Product management

Learning by listening

Yogi Berra said it best: “You can observe a lot just by watching” (image from quotefancy). I had an opportunity last week to do some of that watching at a conference that brought together practitioners across the industry for which my team develops software. Working on product solutions in an Agile environment makes it vital… Continue reading Learning by listening

Agile · Communication · Design · Effectiveness · Features · Planning · Problems · Product management · Prototypes

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