How to show your team the benefits of experimentation

This is a little post about some ways to convince a reluctant development team that experimentation is A Good Thing.

In our New Year’s morning stupor over a restorative cup of tea, my friend Luke was bemoaning how difficult it was to impress upon his development team the benefits of experimentation.

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49: How to prioritise your product portfolio

I’m writing about one hundred things I’ve learned as a product manager.

If you were to inherit a portfolio of ninety legacy products, some of which hadn’t been updated in years, with varying numbers of users relying on them, what would you decide to do with them? And how would you prioritise which ones to work on?

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45: Three ways you’re DEFINITELY doing MVPs wrong

I’m writing about one hundred things I’ve learned as a product manager.

If one were to heft a half-brick down Old Street in London, there would be high probability of hitting someone currently engaged in building a minimum viable product (MVP) of some sort or another. There’s also almost as high a probability that they’re doing it wrong.  Allow me to explain.

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14th May: The $100 million assumption – MVP down under

Get Excited and Make Things

On Wednesday 14th May, I’ll be joining a panel of local product managers and startup founders at Product Anonymous in Melbourne, Australia to talk about their MVP (minimum viable product) trials and tribulations.  If you’re in the area, it would be great if you could join us and take part in the discussion.

Time: 6-6:30 pm arrival & drinks.  Talk starts at 6:30 pm.

Grab your free ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/product-anonymous-may-14-mvp-tickets-10598537511

See you there!

Back(log) to the Future – story arcs, roadmaps and product themes

Last time I published an article explaining why I thought roadmaps were a little like DVD box sets.   DonorDrive product manager Kasey Marcum (@kaseymarcum) asked in the comments:

“Always enjoy your posts, Jock! I really love the high level idea of this. What does this actually look like in the wild?”

Imagine your roadmap and sprints being as engaging as a hit movie – just think how much easier they’d be to “sell” to your stakeholders and customers!  Let’s see how you can do this.

Back to the Future

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36: Roadmaps are like DVD box sets

OpenStreetMap LondonI’m writing about one hundred things I’ve learned as a product manager.

Curating the product roadmap is one of the most typical responsibilities of a product manager.  But have you ever thought about why you bother with them in the first place and how you could make them more effective?

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Cycles within cycles

(Updated from the original on 24 June 2014, 3 December 2015)

This week, we’ve been looking at two different lifecycles: the product lifecycle and the development lifecycle – cycles within cycles!

At the macro scale we’re looking at the product lifecycle which spans its evolution from drawing board to market through to eventual withdrawal.  On a smaller scale within that cycle, a product will go through many development lifecycle iterations.

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