ONE THING… Being too Agile

Premise 1: Agile was developed as a response to lack of consistent direction from business execs. Premise 2: A good roadmap keeps your organization inspired and on course toward its destination.  That doesn't mean the two are incompatible. Yet many companies I...

ONE THING… Product Excellence

This week my friends at ProductBoard published an ebook with wisdom on being a superb Product person. I wrote a chapter on Roadmaps (surprise!), entitled "Focus your Roadmaps on Outcomes, Not Outputs." Other topics include: "How to Define your Product...

ONE THING… Dear Roadmap?

A Dear John letter tells a romantic partner that they are dumped. In my roadmaps workshops we practice writing Dear Roadmap letters. We complain about all the things that are not working in our relationships: "It's time to split. We do the same thing every three...

ONE THING… Superhero Product person!

I’m curious: If you had to create the Superhero Product person, what attributes would you demand? Shooting lasers out of their eyes? Possibly. Leadership and communication skills? Definitely. How technical would the dream Product hero be? Able to write a brilliant...

ONE THING… How Confident are You?

The hardest thing about roadmaps is making it clear to people that they will change -- and that change is not failure but a considered response to evolving conditions. Like a species that does not want to go the way of the dinosaurs, a roadmap must adapt to...

ONE THING… on lean roadmapping

A roadmap conversation with a customer is an opportunity for a product person to verify their understanding of market needs before actually building the product. If you’ve done a really great job in your customer discovery, then the roadmap is merely "confirming the...

ONE THING… Product Culture

I hung out last week with thousands of people, most of whom had never met and will never do so again. And yet there was a clear sense of community among these people, of shared values and ways of thinking, and critically of passion for making great products that...

ONE THING… Get out!

In successful product cultures, objectives change: no longer shipping on time and on budget, but solving customer problems in ways that meet the needs of your business. This change in approach puts a spotlight on the customer. How do you find out about customer needs?...

ONE THING… about New Zealand!

I spent the last 3 weeks in Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown and other locations in New Zealand for business and pleasure. I’m happy to report the product culture there is growing rapidly. Thanks to a partnership with Catch Design, I traveled the islands doing...