All articles from Roman Pichler

Tips for Effective Product Strategy Reviews

4 min read

The product strategy describes how you plan to achieve product success. It typically covers the product’s value proposition, market, stand-out features, and business goals. While a strategy is key to creating a winning product, it would be a mistake to blindly execute it and assume it will always stay valid. As your product develops and grows, and as the market and the technologies evolve, the product strategy has to change, too. You should therefore regularly review and adjust it. The following tips will help you with this.

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Collocation, Trust, and Distributed Teams

5 min read

Working with distributed or dispersed teams is a common experience for many product people in an increasingly globalised world. While we have powerful collaboration tools at our disposal that make it possible to work across sites, countries, and continents, being separated is not always beneficial: It can damage the chances of reaching product success, as I explain in this article.

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Product Roadmap Prioritisation

3 min read

Getting the product roadmap prioritisation right is a common challenge. Which items should be addressed first? Which ones can be delayed? This article answers these questions and helps you effectively prioritise your product roadmap.

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Empowering Development Teams

4 min read

An empowered development team owns its work, is authorised to make the right decisions, and is able to work independently. Empowered teams are happier, create better products, and allow you, the person in charge of the product, to spend more time on product discovery and strategy. This article shares five tips to help you empower your development teams.

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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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