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Author Archives: Roman Pichler

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.

Product Manager vs. Product Owner

For many years, people have debated what the difference between the product manager and the product owner role is, if the roles can coexist or not, and which one should be used. This article shares my thoughts on the topic and reflects on the origin of the product owner role. What? As you may know, the product owner originated from Scrum, where the ...

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Making Consensus-based Product Decisions

Consensus is a powerful approach to generate strong buy-in and shared ownership of a decision. But it can be challenging to apply and if used incorrectly, it can create mediocre results. This post helps you leverage consensus to make successful product decisions. It explains when and how to use it, and it discusses common traps and how to avoid them. ...

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User Story Reflections

Users As its name suggests, a user story describes how a user or customer uses the product–a digital product is captured from the perspective of the users. This avoids a solution-centric view where we worry more about how to provide and implement the product features than why and how people will use them. Understanding who the users are and how the product ...

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Tips on When Product Backlog Grooming should Take Place

Option 1: In the Sprint Review Meeting Your first option is to work on the product backlog in the sprint review meeting. Assuming that the development has developed a “done” product increment and the right people are present, you can use the attendee’s feedback to make the relevant product decisions and update the backlog, as the Scrum Guide suggests and the following picture shows.   ...

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Decision Time: How Decision Rules Help You Make Better Product Decisions

As product managers and product owners, we make a myriad of decisions—from shaping the product strategy and determining the product roadmap to deciding the detailed functionality of our products. But do we make all these decisions effectively? And do we always secure the necessary buy-in? This post helps you make better decisions. It discusses five common decision rules and explains ...

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Should Product Owners be Servant-Leaders?

Being an effective product owner or product manager requires leadership: the development team and stakeholders need guidance and direction to collaborate and achieve product success. But as product people, we usually don’t have any authority over the individuals; we can’t tell people what to do. Can servant-leadership—leading others by serving them—help product owners and product managers guide and direct people? ...

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10 Product Backlog Tips

Using the product backlog can be challenging, and many product owners wrestle with overly long and detailed backlogs. This blog post provides ten practical tips that help you work with your product backlog effectively. Tip #1: Complement your Product Backlog with a Product Roadmap Use a roadmap to sketch the overall journey you want to take your product on. State ...

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Mindfulness Tips for Product Managers and Product Owners

Summary 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 ...

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Is Scrum Right for Your Product?

When is Scrum Most Helpful? A process like Scrum is a great fit for your product when it is brand-new or young, and when you extend its life cycle, as shown in the picture below. This means that not every product will benefit from Scrum: Products that are maturing or declining won’t benefit from Scrum—at least not to the same ...

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8 Tips for Collaborating with the Development Team

Manage the Product, not the Team Focus on your job as the product manager or product owner, and manage the product, not the team. Provide guidance on the product, including its market, value proposition, business goals, and key features. But let the ScrumMaster or coach tackle people, process, and organisational issues; let the development team figure out what needs to be done ...

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