All articles from Roman Pichler

How to Reduce the Product Backlog Size

3 min read

While it’s normal that a product backlog changes, some backlogs grow too big and become overly long and detailed. Consequently, they are difficult to update, prioritise, and refine. The following tips help you simplify such a backlog so you can manage with it more easily.

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Tips for Growing a Product Management Team

4 min read

Growth is something wonderful: It means that individuals, teams, and products prosper. Growing a product management team, however, throws up a number of challenges: How big should the team become? How fast should people be added? And how should the individuals work together? This articles discusses how you can address these challenges and it shares my recommendations for growing in an effective manner.

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Should Product Roadmaps Have Dates?

4 min read

If product roadmaps should show dates is a controversial question. Some people have passionately argued that dates should be banned from roadmaps; others claim that they are useful. This article discusses the pros and cons of using dates on product roadmaps to help you decide which option is right for you.

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Product Ethics

4 min read

Digital products can have a significant impact on the users–from saving lives to exposing people to harmful content, encouraging unhealthy habits, and contributing to climate change. It is therefore important that we take responsibility for the ramifications of our products and make ethically sound product decisions. This article offers five guidelines to put product ethics in practice and create products that truly benefit their users.

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10 Scaling Tips for Product People

7 min read

Managing a growing product can be as rewarding as challenging: Involving more people and teams and scaling up is hardly ever easy. This article shares 10 practical tips to help you effectively scale as the person in charge of a product.

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A Strategy Map

4 min read

Without an effective strategy, it’s hard to achieve product success. But what does strategy entail? And which tools are best suited for making strategic decisions? This article offers my answers and introduces a strategy map–a guide to the strategic decisions required to make and keep products successful.

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Listening Practices for Product People

5 min read

Listening to users, stakeholders, and dev team members is crucial for product people. It helps us build rapport, generate new insights, and make inclusive decisions. Unfortunately, we can so busy updating and convincing others that we forget to attentively listen to the individuals we communicate with. This article shares 12 techniques to help you improve your listening habits and become even better at understanding others.

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Tips for Rewriting a Digital Product

5 min read

Rewriting an existing product is often a cost and technology-centric exercise that can feel like a joyless necessity. But instead of replacing like-for-like and providing a carbon-copy of the old product, you should see the rewriting effort as an opportunity to innovate, to create more value for the users and the business, as I explain in this article.

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Technical Debt and Product Success

5 min read

Similar to a company experiencing financial debt, products can incur “technical debt”: This happens when wrong or suboptimal architecture, technology, and coding decisions are taken. Consequently, the architecture may not be as loosely coupled as it should be, and the code may be messy rather than clean. This article explains why product people should care about technical debt and it offers strategies for addressing it.

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Sustainable Pace in Product Management

5 min read

Working in product management is rewarding but demanding. As product people, we have a large set of diverse responsibilities, which often translates into a high workload. But continuously working too hard carries the risk of becoming chronically tired and stressed and sacrificing our health. This article discusses techniques that help you achieve a healthy, sustainable pace and avoid the danger of being constantly overworked.

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