Why I use a theme-based roadmap

📅 2021-06-05 • prodpad.com

If you’re a Product Manager, you’ve likely been asked to display your roadmap as a Gantt chart, or other visual so that the deliverables can be seen against a timeline. This might be due to requests from C-Suite management wanting clarity when a feature will be delivered or due to legacy Project Management Office behaviours. Regardless of the catalysts, these requests come from good intentions. However, your organisation is likely focusing too much on shipping features and meeting arbitrary deadlines to sate customer requests than solving real problems. This approach is likely delivering features that do not meet expectations, dissatisfying customers and stakeholders alike.

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Wireframes Aren’t Just for Designers

📅 2021-05-03 • mindtheproduct.com

I was only just getting started in product management working as a junior at Ask Jeeves when I first came across wireframes. With a little artistic flare, I found one can easily layout screen controls in Balsamiq to draw enough to at least 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 • mattyford.com

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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