Tag: Planning

Product Management

Story Points are a Signalling Tool

I was called into a meeting with a team here in the office a couple weeks ago because they told me they had a “question” about the estimations that they were doing.  As we started talking, it became immediately apparent what the problem was, they were getting into arguments about whether their estimates were “too […]

Product Management

How to “Level Up” Your Product Management Skillset

A common theme in online discussions and forums around Product Management lies in how to level up our skills and be a better Product Manager.  While there are a lot of different options available, just as there are as many different aspects of Product Management to focus on, there are some very specific areas that […]

Product Management

Balancing Agility and Strategy

One of the common struggles that Product Managers are faced with is figuring out how to be “agile” while still managing to a vision or strategy that’s been established by the Executives or Board.  The important thing to remember is that strategy and agility are not in conflict with one another — if a strategy is […]

Product Management

A Product Manager’s Guide to Technical Debt

There’s always a fine balance to be found between making sure that your product is as buttoned-up as possible when it ships and the small (sometimes large) sacrifices that we have to ask our technical teams to make in order to just get the damn thing out the door. Within this gap lies the dreaded […]

Product Management

Measure What Matters

Many people are aware of the famous quote from Peter Drucker, “What gets measured, gets managed.”  But what people don’t often consider is that what’s being measured and managed might actually not matter at all at the end of the day.  When we measure things that don’t actually drive us to improve, we’re just acting like a […]

Product Management

Agile Roadmapping is NOT a Contradiction!

Many companies struggle with the challenges of reconciling the need for strategic planning and the desire to execute in an “agile” or Agile fashion.  Generally speaking, this is because they’re stuck with the perspective that a “roadmap” must be a set of promises regarding what’s to be delivered, and not merely a strategy that will and must change over […]

Product Management

Creating an Effective But Agile Product “Roadmap”

As companies transition from traditional, more waterfall-oriented approaches to their products, they often struggle with understanding how agile practices fundamentally change the ways in which they need to plan and develop their product roadmaps, both for internal use as well as for discussion with key customers and market prospects.  The old-school method of assigning specific […]

Guest Posts Product Management

No One Cares About Your Product’s Features!

I invited several of my friends in the product management, marketing, and strategic consulting fields to provide a little guest content to mix things up here on the Clever PM blog.  Today’s installment comes from my long-time friend and current growth hacking specialist Jason Pedwell, who blogs on his own website, LiftDad.com.  He’s here today […]

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