Questions tagged [product-management]

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What is the difference between Project and Product Management?

From a cursory survey, they appear extremely similar. Is this the case? Other than Projects tending to be short-term and Products tending to be ongoing endeavours, is there a difference in the two? ...
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How many project managers are needed to change a lightbulb? [closed]

How many project managers are needed to change a lightbulb? P.S. Guys, it is April Fool's Day, so don't be so serious with "off-topic" ;-) I will delete this question tomorrow.
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Agile methodologies such as Scrum in non-software development projects

Even though Scrum was originally suggested for managing product development projects, its use has focused on the management of software development projects. None of the project management teams I ...
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Training methods in small team

I'm working for a startup company where there are only a few employees (5 programmers). I'm senior in terms of my time with the company and experience even though I'm only 23 years old. I have no ...
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Project complete but does not really satisfy the end users. Business owners unhappy

Some background on the project: I recently completed a project for a company. The project was a fairly large line of business web site. The customer was a company with no prior experience ...
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Communication Among Teams

What is the best way to communicate between project teams so that your staff feels "in the loop"? Context: I work in a small research center (about 40-50 researchers, statisticians, and support ...
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How and What to Learn - New to Product Management [closed]

What documentation, skills & tasks should a new (Technical) Product Manager concentrate on learning first to effectively do their job? I have read this Wikipedia article, and it didn't answer my ...
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Product Owners- Tips for engaging non-Engineering in the agile process

From my experience, in mid to large size software companies, agile most often grows out of the eningeering organization. Either grass roots up, from the team level, or exec sponsored from the ...
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What are some ways you are getting your business engaged with your Agile team?

I continue to see Agile adoptions that focus on the R&D or Engineering team. There seems to be this acceptance that the core of Agile rests there. I'm absolutely not convinced. I think that if the ...
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Should you export data to Excel and Word?

I'm the Project Manager for a large application that customers use to collect data on whether their businesses meet certain medical and financial standards. They generally answer a survey explaining ...
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What is the difference between requirement and scope?

Scope is divided into two categories: Product scope, which is the features and functions that characterize a product, service, or result, and; Project scope, which is all the work needed to deliver a ...
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Is the Product Owner the Customer?

After reading In an agile consultancy, is the Client the Product Owner??, I still can't tell apart if the Product Owner is in fact an Stakeholder, or if it is someone from the software company who ...
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Is it a problem when many stories start with: “As the system,…”

I'm a developer on a scrum team and I'm finding it hard to understand and empathize with the end goal when stories start with "As the system". These stories should be straight forward because as a ...
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How to create metrics that can't be “gamed?”

I've seen managers create metrics that worked, and ones that had unintended side-effects. For example, one manager measured his IT team based on how quickly "help request tickets" were closed. Service ...
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Are there any respected Kanban certifications? [closed]

Are there any respected, or at least well-known, Kanban certificates? There are many Scrum certifications, some of them can be taken online (scrum.org), others require participation in a stationary ...
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Tips for Selecting an Existing Employee to Be a Project Manager

Projects are defined as being temporary. As a result, this means that unless more projects will follow, a project manager could be any employee with the necessary skillset who is selected to see the ...
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Should employees be allowed to vote for or against a feature request [closed]

We intend to implement a system that will allow users of our application to suggest new features (eg Uservoice) and vote for or against certain suggestions. Can employees working on the application (...
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How to organize multiple releases/feature sets

I'm the product manager for two of my company's application sets, and I've been running into some difficulties trying to manage future releases and how best to move them around. If I have version 2.2 ...
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How does a Project Manager's job change when transitioning from waterfall to Agile?

When adopting Agile and moving away from waterfall what specifically changes in the day-to-day job duties of a PM? I'm interested especially in hearing from PMs who have made (or are in the process of ...
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How to decide what features should be in MVP? [closed]

Is there any technique to make a decision whether to include the feature in MVP or not?
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How to create a visual product road map that follows agile?

My boss loves Gaant charts, because they give you a high level visual overview of the product roadmap. The problem with Gaant, it is fixed time related and goes completely against the concept of the ...
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Prioritizing Features

Question for fellow product owners/product managers. How do you prioritize your features? We are currently trying to develop some common criteria (as objective as possible) that we can use to ...
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How to manage framework changes?

I'll try to be concise so as to not make this into a blog post. If there are specific questions, let me know and I'll do my best to answer them. Basically, I'm interested in what methodologies people ...
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How to manage stakeholder expectations when they keep on raising the bar

Long story short, we are building a product and I have introduced then implemented the Scrum framework for product management. It has been working extremely well, and my team have done an amazing job. ...
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The role of a product team in new product development

This question is specific to new product development. I am part of a medium size organization. In our organization, our executive team sets the product strategy. Once the product strategy is set, ...
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In Scrum, how do you account for tasks with lead time?

I am the scrum master for a project that involves not only software, but firmware development, electrical engineering and industrial design. Some tasks involve a small amount of time from a team ...
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Issues with the Iterative Development Model

I am the Product Manager for a software company. We use an iterative development model (similar to Agile) to separate out versions of our software (i.e. 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, etc.) Prior to each version, ...
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How to manage Software projects with an intermediary?

When a company gets outsourced by a non-software company, the main issue comes when requirement acquisition is going on. For example, client company will look up to an Advertising company for a mobile ...
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Having trouble remembering everything that I have delivered

Having a situation where sometimes the stakeholder asks me if something has been delivered, and I am finding it hard to keep track of all of my deliveries. I have completely forgotten many deliveries ...
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How can I collectively track application inter-dependencies?

With varying teams delivering varying pieces of an overall solution it has become increasingly difficult to recognize when a given version of an application must be delivered with another application ...
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How to manage client feedback during wireframe phase

My team and I offer freelance web development services, often to non-technology personal. We started to incorporate a wireframe phase in our web software development process (as opposed to ...
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During a Sprint, a DevTeam determines that it will not be able to finish the complete forecast. Who should review and adjust the Sprint work selected?

During Sprints' executions, I used to encounter a problem: the planned Sprint would not be able to finish as forecasted. Then in that case, who is responsible to review and adjust the Sprint work ...
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Running training session for a software product

I am running a training session for external users of our software product soon, and am currently planning how to approach it. I have a good idea how to run through the specifics of our platform (...
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How do I facilitate an effective planning meeting with a remote team?

Background I am a scrum master for a team consisting of a PO, team lead and 3 developers. The team lead and 3 developers are off-shore in a totally different timezone. The PO is in the same office as ...
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Changing priorities and focus every days. What name for that?

Is there a name, a study, a blog post about the management failure to give clear priorities and objectives. I experience this every day. My boss gives me long term deadline that I discuss with him. We ...
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How do I end crashed sprints and remain responsive to the customer?

We have been using Scrum methodology and have been mostly successful, but there are few weeks where the sprints are totally crashed by customer demands or defects. Is there a better way of handling ...
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Measures to get out of fix-test-fix cycle

We have completed the feature implementation for new release of a product. The product is strategic for the company with a large customer base and making good revenue. The product has had lifetime of ...
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IT Project Management tool aimed at developers, but still generic enough for general purpose use?

I am a lead software developer, and I have just been tasked with revamping our software development process. Part of this will be to implement a system with the following: Source Control Build ...
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How to faciliate a retrospective for a group of Product Owners

I need to faciliate a retrospective for a bunch of product owners. I have a couple of ideas of how to run it but I would really like to get some input and ideas. Each product owner who is attending ...
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How to introduce a dedicated PM and separate myself from those tasks to become a Product Manager?

Like most PMs, I wear many hats. The one which fits me better and is consuming more of my time is the Product Manager one, so I would like to start planning for the recruiting and responsibility ...
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What are Some Tools and Techniques for Communicating Product Updates to Existing Customers?

I am a product/project manager for a product we've created. We have customers using the product, which we are continually updating as it is Web based. What are some tools and techniques for managing ...
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What Techniques Do You Use to Deal With Other Managers Who Try to Change Your Product Vision?

You're a product manager in charge of developing a new product, and you've done months of research to determine a direction and a vision for the product. The product development is going well, and ...
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What are the required documents should I prepare In order to start my Project

I am preparing to start my new project which is Developing open source ERP System What really I am confusing about: How to start : what is the first step should I begin with. ( Preparing the ...
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What Is the Ideal Number of Departments/People for a Product/Program Manager to Manage?

Recently, the workload has been getting heavier and there are more areas to coordinate in an ongoing program to develop and market a product. The product has reached the sales stage and has taken on ...
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Is it a bad idea to include a complex payment mechanism to the product development process for a beta app?

I’d like some advice. I’m busy helping a client ideate an app idea, following which I will start the wireframing, user testing and technical speccing process in an iterative flow. The idea is to ...
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How a newcomer PO could own the product if he does not have enough field knowledge yet?

A new PO was hired to the company, he has some experience in the role but he doesn't have experience in the product's area (financial). How can he owns the product and make definitions to it if he ...
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What workflow optimises the use of Lean Startup, particularly when managing Landing Pages?

Background I'm trying to follow the lean start-up methodology of validating a product. Following the instructions in the book UX for Lean Startups, I first validated the product by conducting ...
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What is the origin of the term “Product Owner” in Scrum?

Or phrased differently: Why is the role called Product Owner? I spent some hours researching the term's etymology, but I haven't been particularly successful, which is why this question came to be. ...
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Questions to ask to the client before making any cms for them?

I need a comprehensive list of questions or at least basic idea of which questions to be asked to the client before customizing a cms for them? I may use Wordpress, Drupal, Sharepoint or anything, I ...
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How to document existing products and their development?

My product have been going for almost three years without any product requirement or documentation at all. And at this moment things are getting out of hands. For example when I hire new people, it ...