It’s no secret that every software company has a different way of working out what feature they’ll build next. Despite countless tools, books, blog posts* and interview questions on the subject there isn’t — yet — consensus in the product management community on which method gives the best results for customers and the business.
I surveyed 50 product managers** on how they prioritize features. The highlights are summarized below.
In 46% of respondents’ companies the leadership team or head of product decide what will be built next. Only 13% of product managers have the authority to decide themselves.
This supports what most practising PMs already know: Product managers are not the CEO of the product. …
Lean software development has been fashionable amongst startups for some years, but it’s still a no-go for many companies and industries. Jeff Gothelf, author of Lean UX and Sense & Respond, shares his advice on making conversations meaningful and always explaining why.
If people don’t understand why things are changing they will revert back.
To implement lean properly you have to change everything- culture, performance management, etc.
Take a team, with a small scope, for short amount of time (month/ quarter), and let them figure out how to work in a lean way. When it works, scale up.
Throughout the process showcase wins and be transparent about what’s happening. Explain “this change made this difference because of xyz.” …