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How Minimum Viable Products & Features Helped Me Write My New Book

A minimum viable product (MVP) is often mistaken as the first general release of a product, the initial offering that is good enough to address the early market. But for most products, an MVP should be a much earlier and cruder version that acts as a learning device—a means to test a crucial assumption and make the right product decision. This post shows how I used MVPs and MVFs—minimum viable features—to write my latest book, Strategize.

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11 AprHand holding young plant against white background

Five Tips for Introducing Product Management to Your Company

Product management plays a vital role in the digital age: it enables innovation and growth. It’s therefore not surprising that more and more companies establish product management groups—including retailers, publishers, and banks that traditionally don’t employ product managers. But successfully introducing product management is not easy: I have seen a number of businesses struggle with this challenge. This post provides five tips to help you succeed with introducing product management to your company.

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24 Mar0_4_idea_woman_1000x1504

10 Tips for Writing Good User Stories

User stories are probably the most popular agile technique to capture product functionality: Working with user stories is easy. But telling effective stories can be hard. The following ten tips help you create good stories.

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The Agile Product Owner Responsibilities

In theory, the product owner’s responsibilities are simple: The individual should “maximise the value of the product and the work of the development team”. But what does this mean in practice? In reality, the application of the product owner role varies greatly, as products and organisations differ. But my experience shows that there are two key factors that determine the duties of a product owner: the scope and the depth of ownership. This blog post discusses these two factors to help you apply the role successfully.

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9 MarBeautiful-Wallpapers-14

10 Leadership Qualities of Successful Product Managers

Learn how to develop 10 important leadership qualities that help you become a successful product manager and effective product leader. Grouped in pairs, the qualities balance and complement each other.

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23 Febclip-art-speedometer-gauge-509474

A Balanced Product Scorecard

Product scorecards are an important product management tool: They help you track the performance of your product. Unfortunately, many scorecards show only financial and customer key performance indicators (KPIs). While these indicators are undoubtedly important, ignoring other KPIs can create distorted view of reality and result in wrong decisions. This articles introduces a balanced product scorecard—a scorecard that provides a complete picture of the product performance thereby helping you to make the right product decisions.

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12 JanBusinessman at fork of stone pathway in water

How to Choose the Right Product Management Leadership Styles

Being a successful product manager or product owner requires more than product management know-how. While being able to create a valid product strategy, develop an actionable product roadmap, and prioritise the product backlog are undoubtedly important, these skills are not enough. You also have to be able to lead others and apply the right leadership styles, as I explain in this article.

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14 DecKPI_Blocks

10 Tips on How to Choose the Right Product Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Product key performance indicators (KPIs) are metrics that measure your product’s performance. They help you understand if the product is meetings its business goals and if the product strategy is working. Without KPIs, you end up guessing how your product is performing. But choosing the right indicators is not always straightforward. I have seen many product managers employ the wrong metrics or use so many that evaluating the data is a mammoth task. This post shares my tips on how to select those KPIs that really help you understand how your product is doing.

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17 NovStakeholder-Relationships-1024x682

Getting Stakeholder Engagement Right

Being a successful product manager or product owner requires more than building a product with the right user experience (UX) and features. If the stakeholders don’t support your product, then it will be difficult to achieve success. It is therefore important to engage the right stakeholders and to work with them in the right way. This post discusses a proven technique to analyse stakeholders, the power-interest grid, and it shares my recommendations for engaging with different stakeholder groups in the right way.

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22 OctSome Thoughts On Failure

Why User Stories Fail

User stories are a powerful agile technique to describe requirements from the perspective of the customers and users. Unfortunately, I find it not uncommon that user stories are applied unsuccessfully and fail. This post describes two common failure causes and discusses how you can avoid them.

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The GO Portfolio Roadmap

Products don’t exist in isolation. Instead, they are often related to other products, which they help sell or they share features and components with. Think, for instance, of the Microsoft Office suite or the iPod product line. If your product is part of a family, then you will benefit from a portfolio roadmap, a plan that shows how the products are likely to grow together. This post introduces such a plan, the GO Portfolio Roadmap, and it describes how this roadmap can help you manage your product family.

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