Notes on product management
Is your user story really about the user?
The user story can be a powerful tool in Agile, but is often badly written. Rather than spec definitions, stories should focus on user problems.
When sales hijacks your product roadmap
Not treating sales as your ally often contributes to problems in your product roadmap. A few tips on how to handle the relation well.
Practical challenges with Agile
Agile is a concept but teams treat Agile as a process. This leads to challenges in implementation. Going back to the spirit of Agile can make work easier.
Why IT services firms struggle to build products
A combination of factors hold IT services firms back from successfully productizing services. These need to be considered before strategy shifts.
Opportunity cost can help you refine product decisions
‘Opportunity cost’ is a useful tool in prioritization, road mapping &product strategy. Opportunity cost grows over time, so minimize this earlier on.
Product Strategy tips for uncertain times
Revenues, cash flows, profits and expenses – at times like these, it’s good to give enough weight to these in your product decisions.
You and your user
We often assume users are ‘people like us,’ which isn’t true. To build successful products, we need to keep aside bias in user research.
Disruption isn’t a great sales pitch
Disruption signals that a firm may have to change strategies against its will. Using this in a sales ptich makes it a difficult proposition to sell.
Problem discovery brings clarity on the approach to a solution. It also helps safeguard against hastily proposed solutions that will fail in the real world.
Machine learning is not magic
Many leaders throw problems over the fence at machine learning. They need to do more thinking on the problems for ML to be effective.
Building a product organization
Building the right product organization is about setting the right processes, defining the right success metrics & designing the right org structures.