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Roman is an agile product management expert. He helps companies create new products by providing consulting and training services, and he is the founder of Pichler Consulting.

Prioritising a Product Backlog When Everything is Important

The product backlog is an essential product management tool: It captures detailed product decisions and directs the work of the development team. The latter requires it to be prioritised or ordered. But how can you prioritise a product backlog when everything seems equally important? This article shares my answer. It recommends taking four steps to get to an effective, prioritised ...

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Are Feature Teams or Component Teams Right for Your Product?

Whenever you require more than a single development team to progress your product, you have choice: You can organise the teams around features or components. This article explains why this decision matters for product people, and it shares my advice on when feature teams are right for your product and when component teams are better suited. What are Feature and ...

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How to Overcome 6 Key Product Leadership Challenges

No Transactional Power Unlike a line manager, you usually don’t manage the development team and stakeholders as the person in charge of the product, and the individuals don’t report to you. You consequently don’t have any transactional power: You cannot tell people what to do; you cannot assign tasks to them; and you are typically not in a position to ...

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Leveraging Software Platforms

Be Clear on What a Software Platform Is Different people have suggested different definitions for the term software platform. Let me briefly share mine: I view such a platform as a collection of software assets that are used by several products, as the following picture illustrates. In the picture above, product A, B, and C are built on the platform ...

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Release Planning Advice

Release planning is an important task for product people working with agile teams: It ensures that the product is moving in the right direction and it connects strategy and tactics. Despite its importance, release planning is not always effectively practiced in my experience. This article shares my advice to help you reflect on your release planning practices and improve them. ...

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How to Reduce the Product Backlog Size

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. Split the Product Backlog Faced with an overly long and detailed product backlog, investigate if ...

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Should Product Roadmaps Have Dates?

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. What Product Roadmaps Are (in a Nutshell) To start ...

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10 Scaling Tips for Product People

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. 1 Involve the Right People A small group of qualified individuals who have the right skills and motivation can ...

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Technical Debt and Product Success

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 ...

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