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How is the current economic uncertainty affecting your product prioritization?
Hey guys,I’ve recently came across this report from Deloitte about 2023 technology industry outlook that explains what trends they see and one of them is talking about companies significantly reconsidering what software they buy in 2023.Do you see that current economic situation is affecting your organization and your product priorities? Any steps you as PM have implemented to help your organization to navigate through these times?Thanks,Martin
To BA or not to BA . . . . this is the question
I’ve been puzzling about the role of a Business Analyst who works solely on software development, working with engineers to deliver new features, wondering if they really are a Product Owner or perhaps a Product Analyst?I have a couple of questions which I’d appreciate your insights/thoughts on: #1 Does anyone have Business Analysts as part of their Product Team?I know in SCRUM there is no official role for a BA, they are replaced by a Product Owner. #2 When is a BA not a BA ?Who does the role of writing User Stories, working closely, down in the detail with the engineers in your team to deliver new products and features ?Do you call you BA’s Product Analyst’s when they work in this way ?
Dealing with stress
With the current macroeconomic environment, many product teams are under increased stress.How are you personally taking care of your stress? How are you supporting your colleagues? If you manage a team, how are you leaning in to help them manage their stressors, diagnose causes, and arm them with the capacity to be more resiliant?
Building a roadmap engineers are excited about
Hello fellow makers,I’m currently putting together a programme of learning for a colleague and I’m looking for some resources (videos and articles mainly) to share to help promote collaboration and excitement with the delivery team’s engineers in particular. The work is important, but the narrative at the moment isn’t reflecting the high impact that their work will have. I would love to hear from anyone who has ideas or experience on how to spur enthusiasm from their engineering teams.
Introducing Product Managers to the development process in an Engineering led Org
Hello,Uncharted territory here. Does anyone have experience transition from Product development that was solely driven by engineering, to introducing Product Managers? Would love to hear how the transition was made, and both the lessons learned and winning strategies.Thanks, Context: Existing Product Company reset in Covid, lost PM team New engineering team brought on to rebuild product Operating for the past 2 years New leadership looking to build up PM team: internal PM hire familiar with the team, and one external hire used to more traditional agile product development teams and PM<>engineering partnerships
How do you structure your product org and why have you chosen that structure?
I get, and see, a lot of questions from other folks in product around how others have structured their product teams. Curious how your team is organized. What roles have you added/changed as your organization changed and grew? What resources have inspired some of your thinking on this topic?A few resources I’ve enjoyed:The book Team Topologies which covers a lot of ground on the organizational design aspects and considerations when structuring teams Adam Calica had a good article on this as well last year in BuiltIn Jens-Fabian Goetzmann has also written on this topic of establishing a product organization structure
Do you have a product management superpower?
Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Knowing them can help you make better choices, focus your efforts, and help you get to better outcomes.For this week’s discussion, we want to know what is your product management superpower and why would others you work with call out that one in particular? Is it your keen ability to apply product sense? Or is it your fantastic people skills and empathy?Let us know your thoughts in the comments below: 👇
From cost center to revenue generator: Redefining the value of product
If there was one thing I could have learned at the start of my product career, it'd be that advocating executive leadership about the value of product & design is a waste of time.That’s the fight I’m picking in this article I wrote about what my experience has been in creating successful alliances and trust between product and business.https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/from-cost-center-revenue-generator-redefining-value-product-meloneWhat do you all think?
Webinar: Go from spreadsheets woes to product pro
In a difficult economy where efficiency is everything, spreadsheets are hindering product teams from delivering value as quickly as they need to.During this on-demand fireside chat, hear what two VPs of Product have to say about:Top reasons product teams suffer when relying on spreadsheets for product management Why switching to software, as a single source of product truth, can enhance collaboration and customer engagement How to encourage your organization to vet and implement a dedicated product management toolRegister for the free session to find out how to empower your product team to deliver more value, faster–throughout this era of uncertainty.
Asking hard questions
Nate Jones, who spoke at our mini-conference last year on product quagmires & how to get unstuck, had a great piece in his recent Substack on the surprising power of negative questions and how they can help us make better product decisions.I reached out to Nate and got his permission to share this week’s question, and encourage you to take a moment to subscribe to his Substack.What stood out for me here are the patterns we often fall into and how shaking up something as simple as the approach or the question asked can lead to new insights and better examination of our product decisions.When was the last time you shook up how you asked a hard question? What was it? Let us know in the comments below: 👇
How to get from insights to features?
I’ve been using Productboard for the last 3 months since joining the business and am rolling it out across the teams. I’m the only maker at the moment but I have lots of contributors from all levels within the business, adding notes and insights. This isn’t so much a question about productboard, it’s more about the process that people follow.I’ve been asked to help get a stakeholder group (senior leadership at the moment) to be part of the process of taking ideas and insights through discovery, planning and development. I want to run a session with them talking through and deciding on a process we can follow and build on. That’s what I would like some advice on.We have some slightly wooly objectives, but it’s a good start (more than I’ve had in some previous roles).If I get ‘too producty’ I think I will lose them, so I want to keep things simple and come up with a process we can start with to help us decide where we should focus our attention.How have you taken those first steps for an
Unlock the power of product-led teams
How do you truly become a product-led team in order to achieve business growth? It seems like a simple concept, but in practice, it’s no easy feat. It requires buy-in from the entire organization which can be especially hard when you are in a constant balancing act of reacting to the needs of the business. So how do you even start? Join us, on March 7th, for a live webinar to learn how to harness the keys to unlocking the power of product-led teams.Register now
How to deal with URLs in self service applications
Hi everyone,i am developing our service to make a shift into the self-service field.There our users can create their own test application with an URL. Here the question:How do you deal with the domain availability? Any cases of fraud etc. when opening this up and letting everyone create a custom one? How do you deal with users that “block” a different company name for their own application? Would love to get some feedback and best practices! Thanks!Dominik
You're Invited: Productboard Roadtrip in Dallas!
Grab your favorite snack and buckle up! Productboard is going on a road trip and you’re invited! The economy is massively shifting the priorities of product teams and the stakes just keep getting higher. Product managers are busier than ever and evaluating how to focus on the core business. Join us, along with your product peers to network and hear from leaders on ways they are focusing on building mission-critical products.Register now
Webinar: Build a scalable change management framework
When you go through any transformation, whether that’s integrating a new tool within your tech stack or redefining your product strategy, everyone across the company is impacted. Change often fails, but with the right strategy in place, it doesn’t have to. During this on-demand session, you’ll learn:Why change frequently fails at organizations The key components of a strong change management framework 5 key design decisions that drive successful changeRegister for the free session and discover how to keep your product team productive during times of uncertainty.
Featured Maker: Olumide Durotoluwa
This is part of our ongoing series profiling some of our community members at Product Makers. If you’re interested in reading others, check out our previous Featured Makers.This time we’re featuring @Olummy25 who’s a Product Manager at Stears in Lagos, Nigeria. In this conversation we chatted about his journey into product and what he’s working on, product in Nigeria and some of the challenges and misconceptions about people and products on the continent of Africa.p.s. Thought we’d shake it up a bit and switch to a different format for this one shifting from a text-based interview to a longer-form video conversation. Let us know what you think in the comments below. 👉 Interested in being a Featured Maker? Check out all the details and apply and you could be selected as one of our upcoming featured makers.
How do you celebrate new features and launches with your team?
When you launch a new feature, do you take any time to celebrate with your team? Most launches it feels like we put the feature out and go right back to working on the next one, without even taking a moment to really celebrate the hard work that went into it.I’m wondering if anyone else also struggles with this, and if anyone has a neat way of celebrating internally! Doesn’t have to be big or over-the-top. Just something to recognize the accomplishment and give some sense of closure to the development cycle… so tough to find in an Agile world.
Using 3rd party vendor for for core IP solution
Hi all! My product offers a complex matching engine, which is the driver of our business. To improve this engine and speed up the dev work, my tech lead has decided to use a 3rd party vendor. Does anyone here have experience with using a vendor for your product's core IP? I’m concerned about what will happen to our business if the vendor shuts down, or has bugs and issues… Or perhaps it is common practice to use external tools for core business solutions? I’m interested to hear other people’s thoughts on this.Thanks!
Webinar: How to create human-centered solutions
Whether you're a product leader, manager, or designer, it's critical to understand the fundamentals of a human-centered, design-thinking approach. Only a deep understanding of your customer base will allow you to solve the persistent, complex, human problems product professionals often face. Join us and our guest speakers, Lis Hubert & Diana Sonis, to learn how to apply this to your practice.
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