As you’ve probably gathered by now, I’m usually based in the UK, where I run my company, Product People. Back at the end of July, Adrienne Tan and Nick Coster from Brainmates helped me to avoid a wintry British summer by asking me over to spend August in Sydney with them to create some brand-new training content for one of their clients. What was particularly interesting was that the training wasn’t intended for the practitioners on their client’s product team – it was to introduce everyone else in the organisation to the concepts of product management.
“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.
Companies often want to go Agile because it promises a more collaborative, market-centric and frequent delivery of product to market. In practice, however, gaps start to emerge because the rest of the business hasn’t adapted its adjacent processes to cope with the move to Agile. Nick Coster, Co-founder of Brainmates (@brainmates), talks through the challenges and proposes some solutions to bridging the Agile Business Gap.
A very happy New Year to you all!
Over the last few weeks I’ve mostly been investigating the variety of tools available to help product managers at different stages of their product’s lifecycle. For me, the emphasis has been on speed and ease of use because my project is short-lived and I want to show some results.
I’m writing about 100 things I’ve learned as a product manager.
Like doing the washing-up, vacuuming under the sofa or cleaning your windows, housekeeping tasks with your product can get neglected because they’re tedious, not as interesting as new features and so on. However, if you’ve ever found yourself eating breakfast cereal out of an oven tray with a serving spoon because every single item of cutlery and crockery is festering in a pile in your sink, it should be apparent there is inherent value in tackling housekeeping tasks bit by bit over time.
An intriguing and nonintuitive aspect of customer satisfaction is that sometimes the feature that provides the most satisfaction is one that customers didn’t know they wanted until they saw it. – Mike Cohn
Take a read here: I Didn’t Know I Needed That! | Mountain Goat Software.