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What Goes Into a Good Product Roadmap? A Guide to Narrowing your Focus.

At Bain Public, we have learned a lot in the many hours and conversations spent mentoring, advising and consulting in product management. Companies that don’t have a simple and clearly defined roadmap are likely to fall into the sorry category of those that have failed to execute their product strategy, or worse, those that never even had one in the first place. Getting it wrong comes in two forms: building the wrong product and building the product wrong. Furthermore, building the wrong features negatively impacts growth and valuations, and building features that don’t count are an insane...

Can’t prioritize? Use this 6 Week Process to Generate Your Product Roadmap

Despite the proliferation of tools designed for road mapping, prioritization remains the most difficult part of the product. Without a process for roadmap reinforcement, it just won’t stick. Over the years, as a Product Manager, I established an effective product management process. With it and backed with strong strategy and leadership I helped develop roadmaps that aligned influential individuals and companies. Towards the end of any given quarter, I often rely on this fast-paced and collaborative 6 week process to refine priorities. I focused it on understanding the current state, iden...

Be the CRO (Chief Repeating Officer)

The tyranny of the urgent can lead product managers down slippery rabbit holes. The ones that set you up to those "unconnected dots" discussions where all you do is puke out frustration. You improvise, make up emotional reasons why certain features will take priority over others. You say it with a this-is-my-turf-don’t-touch-it tone. It stirs up resentment, leads to a loss of integrity and sometimes irrational acts. I’m often asked how I pull myself out of the weeds and work strategically and long-term. The first and paramount responsibility of a product Manager is a never-ending, difficul...

The Product Manager's Guide to Backlog Grooming

Wish lists are a pain. It looks like a small request – at best. It comes top down, it guts your strategy, it unbalances all the hard work you put in prioritising and forces you to make difficult trade-offs. Great news: you need to validate that it’s actually useful and/or important, Less-great news: If they clearly aren’t important enough to be done, then they don’t belong on the backlog. Your job is to break the news. Some of my stakeholders have tried everything to eviscerate a backlog: Last minute esoteric requests with intense pressure on me to say "yes", contradicting established o...