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Many of you probably saw this week’s HBR article ‘Customers Don’t Want More Features.’ Authors Donald Reinertsen and Stefan Thomke have hit the nail on the head; when it comes to feature sets bigger is very rarely better. Feature overload, as we’ll call it here, confuses users and often leaves them distracted by all the wrong things. The article outlines two steps to successful product design: defining the problem and determining what to hide or omit.
We were sitting around debating the biggest issues in product planning today. We hear from our customers who have complained of difficulty in allocating resources and prioritizing projects. We also hear how dispersed teams make it difficult to collaborate and move projects forward when there are lots of dependencies amongst team members. But we want to learn what other people think!
I am co-presenting a webinar next Thursday called ‘The Guide to Win/Loss Analysis for More Successful Products’ along with Steve Johnson of Primary Intelligence. In preparation for the presentation, I have given a lot of thought to the benefits of win/loss and why all of you product people out there should care.
The latest from our #360webinar channel- we’re launching a brand new three-part webinar series called Modernizing Product Planning! We’re sponsoring this program from April 19-May 10 to educate product professionals about the need to modernize product planning practices.
The results from the 2012 Study of Product Team Performance are in and there are certainly some interesting insights to be gained. We’d love to share the data now but Greg Geracie, who will be presenting the results at our webinar on the 28th, asked us not to spoil the surprise.
We can tell you that industry experts give estimates of product failure rates vary between 50% and 75%. Between outright product failures and underperforming products, we believe that the “real” number is towards the top end of this range.
First of all, a big thank you to Greg Cohen for giving a great presentation at yesterday’s webinar. He showed us how lean product management can help us get products to market quickly and successfully. Thank you to everyone who participated and for those of you who were not able to make it, please feel free to watch the replay. Greg has kindly answered the remaining questions that we were not able to cover during our Q&A session.
Want to learn more about Lean Product Management? We are hosting a webinar on March 8 with lean product management expert Greg Cohen from the 280 Group.
I might not be a product manager but I sure do spend a lot of time using spreadsheets. From a product perspective, we can use spreadsheets to manage a list of requirements, track owners and status, and make sure that nothing gets left out in the process. For complicated products with lots of people and technology involved, linked spreadsheets can help keep teams on the same page.
But at a certain point, the data we need to process becomes too complicated to manage with spreadsheets. Where exactly is this tipping point?
In Scott Sehlhorst's recent blog post about "Why Products Fail?", he posits the questions product managers should asking. That's if they could step back and take the time to consider how they might mitigate product failure.
Firstly we thank-you Scott, not only for helping us talk to others of your ilk, i.e. our audience in past webinars you were so kind to host with us, but moreover, for exacting the larger issues and asking the harder questions of "why products fail?". We thank you because we spend a lot of time trying to extract this information out of product managers; when they're not running around trying to gather spreadsheets and herd their teams.
Of course, this attempt to get at the meat of the matter is self-serving since what we offer is a way to help companies have successful product outcomes, especially when the challenges ramp up and everything gets a whole lot more complex.
We had a fantastic webinar last week with Greg Geracie of Actuation Consulting where he discussed Three Tips to Improve Your Effectiveness as a Product Manager. There were some great questions coming from the audience and we wanted to make sure that everyone had their questions answered. All of the questions that we were not able to get to during the session are answered below. Special thanks to Greg for taking the time to respond to these!