Product management is about allocating scarce resources across existing products/services while exploring new opportunities. We need to combine top-down, bottom-up and market-in approaches to make good decisions.
Most agile improvement is focused on development teams, but most product failures happen before the first developer is assigned; before the first user story is written. How do we apply good validation, portfolio strategy and executive-level organizational thinking to building the RIGHT products?
Before you ask for additional technical staff for your product, give a thought to the revenue implications. Eventually, your development team has to earn enough to pay for itself — and a lot of other people.
Stone soup is a folk tale about motivation and cooperation. It applies directly to our work as product managers, since we don’t have the authority to force cooperation or alignment. We have to provide leadership, motivation, and clarity of goals.