I had a couple folks reach out over private message after reading
- Use Objectives to capture the Desired Outcome (in OST). Alternatively you could also use a Component as you organize your thoughts then move these over to Objectives once you’ve settled on the priorities. You can’t track different levels of Objectives easily in Productboard -- most teams focus here on the product’s objectives
- Use Components to capture the Opportunities (in OST). These can be nested if needed
- Use Features to capture Solutions (in OST)
- Create insights from notes and add to Components so you can track and identify the Opportunities most important to your customers. The User Impact Score can identify those for you.
- Use Segmentation to narrow in on those Components most relevant to your target audience
- Once you have the priorities established, then you can add your Solutions (or let your teams come up with those solutions) and add them as Features
- Use the Objective's Value, Effort, Score, and Priority (you could also add Drivers and Prioritization scores) to help your teams make decisions about what solutions to proceed with -- especially when there are many competing solutions
- And then tie in roadmaps so you’re communicating both WHY and WHAT you’re working on and WHEN it’s happening
While Teresa Torres’ visualization of this helpful, Productboard’s hierarchy can also be used. It’s just in a different form.
Some of the gaps I ran into:
- Prioritizing Components today can only be done with Segmentation and User Impact Score -- most folks prioritize in Productboard using Features (Solutions in OST).
- Some teams need more than a 1:1 relationship, they want to support a 1:many between child and parent, which we can’t easily represent in Productboard today. Tags could be an option here to show a connection. In my experiences these were few and far between though.
And for those interested, here’s a little Loom I put together awhile back that can help you see how this comes together.
And my amazing colleague
Are you using continuous discovery? What capabilities do you use or need from Productboard? Let us know in the thread below, we'd love to hear your thoughts.