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Mindfulness Tips for Product Managers and Product Owners

As product managers and product owners, we are busy people with a diverse range of responsibilities. This makes it all too easy to hurry from one meeting to the next, to try to accomplish several things at once, and to get lost in the busyness of our work. Unfortunately, this approach is not only unproductive, it also affects our wellbeing. Mindfulness offers a different path: becoming more aware of what we do and how we do it so we can make better decisions and be more creative. This post shares six practical mindfulness tips to help you work better and feel happier.

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Is Scrum Right for Your Product?

Scrum offers a powerful way to develop products. In fact, it is often seen as the standard way to create digital products, and I have met more than one company where the product managers were suddenly told to be agile and do Scrum. But like every process, Scrum has its benefits and limitations. Is it the right approach to develop and grow your product? Or would you be better off using an alternative?

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16 Augpuzzle-pieces-3

The Product Roadmap and the Release Plan

Release planning and product roadmapping are both important practices to achieve product success. But what’s exactly the difference between a release plan and a product roadmap? How do the two tools fit together? This post answers these questions so you can apply the two planning artefacts effectively.

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20 JulOpportunity paths

10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Roadmap

A product roadmap is a powerful tool to describe how a product is likely to grow, to align the stakeholders, and to acquire a budget for developing the product. But creating an effective roadmap is not easy, particularly in an agile context where changes occur frequently and unexpectedly. This post shares ten practical tips to helps you create an actionable agile product roadmap.

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11 JulGroup Of Business People Analyzing Graphs and Charts in Office

8 Tips for Collaborating with Development Teams

The development team is a key partner for every product manager and product owner: the team designs and builds the actual product. But it’s not always easy to effectively guide and work with the team. This post shares eight tips to make your collaboration with the development team even more effective, thereby increasing the chances of creating a successful product.

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28 Junrussian-dolls

Scaling the Product Owner Role

In theory, the product owner is one person. But in practice, managing a larger, complex product is usually a shared effort. But how can product ownership be split without resulting in decisions by committee and creating a weak or even inconsistent product? In this post, I discuss different techniques to help you scale the product owner role successfully and I explain when each technique should be applied.

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14 Junproduct-600x290

What is a Digital Product?

As product managers and product owners, the products we look after are fundamental to our work: they shape our day-to-day activities and determine our responsibilities. We create a product strategy and product roadmap; we manage the product backlog and use minimum viable products and product increments. But what is a product? While this seems a trivial question, I have met a surprising number of organisations where people had a wrong or conflicting understanding of what a digital product is. This can cause confusion, lead to unclear roles and responsibilities, and result in applying the wrong product management practices. This post wants to help you reflect on what a product really is and how it differs from features, components, bundles, and the user experience.

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10 Maybookcover_small_blog

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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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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