Are you abusing the term, Minimum Viable Product?

📅 2021-09-24 •

If you’ve worked in a software team, you’ll have heard the term Minimal Viable Product and everyday vocabulary. Unfortunately, in my experience, the idea of an MVP is frequently misunderstood and abused to deliver a project within a time box. After which, the product development team would pivot to another project. Not before making some very minor changes based upon user feedback. Ideally, after the initial release, sustained development would satisfy all the desired outcomes and polish experiences that didn’t perform as expected.

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The Path to Becoming a Better Product Manager

📅 2021-06-10 •

Really enjoyed listening to this fireside chat between Janna Bastow and Petra Wille discussing Petra’s new book Strong Product People and professional growth for Product Managers.

Why I use a theme-based roadmap

📅 2021-06-05 •

If you’re a Product Manager, you’ve likely had requests to display your roadmap as a Gantt chart and forecast delivery dates. These requests will come from managers and stakeholders who wish to track the planned outputs against deadlines or due to legacy Project Management Office behaviours.

Regardless of the catalysts, these requests come from good intentions. However, your organisation will likely be too focused on shipping features and meeting arbitrary timescales to sate customer requests instead of solving real problems. If this sounds familiar, I recommend reading Escaping the Build Trap by Melissa Perri. This approach will likely focus on delivering features that do not meet expectations causing dissatisfying for customers and stakeholders alike.

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Wireframes Aren’t Just for Designers

📅 2021-05-03 •

I was only just getting started in product management, working as a junior at Ask Jeeves, when I first came across wireframes. With a bit of artistic flair, I found one can easily layout screen controls in Balsamiq to draw enough to show what a webpage could or should do. Just like this ‘Mind the Product’ article says, “Wireframes Aren’t Just for Designers”. They’re a thinking and communication tool for Product Managers.

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Working Backwards From A Fake Press Release

📅 2021-04-23 •

I’ve recently become involved with figuring out the vision for a major new product capability. This idea has excited many colleagues with the possibilities our successful experiment. However, as there are many competing ideas and overlapping viewpoints, it’s become obvious that arriving early at a conscious will be crucial.

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Behind Every Great Product by Marty Cagan at Mind the Product London 2016

📅 2018-06-07 •

In the opening keynote at this year’s London MTPCon, Silicon Valley Product Group’s Marty Cagan shared his latest thoughts on what makes a great product manager by looking at the history of some great products.