Prioritization is hard, and we HOPE that a clear corporate strategy plus well-considered OKRs will get our internal stakeholders to agree on what’s most important: unambiguous #1 and #2 and #3 priorities. That our spreadsheets and analysis will sell everyone on our plan. But that rarely happen…
How do we navigate when our internal stakeholders are misaligned (and they usually are)? It’s important to understand what drives this, see the pattern rather than get angry, and find some tools to keep our products/business moving forward.
Christian Strunk and Alex Dapunt host the Product Bakery podcast. In this episode, I joined them to talk about how Product Leaders work with executives, as well as the topic of negotiating and managing stakeholders and incoming requests. 👉 Listen to the episode on all platforms 🎙 Podcast Minutes/Table of Content 0:28 – Intro 5:45
There are some inherent mis-alignments among internal stakeholders that can complicate enterprise product planning and roadmapping. How do we understand these systematically instead of as personal confrontations?
We can’t do everything, even if our executives believe we can. So how do we decide what to focus on – and say NO to a huge stack of good ideas that crowd out the best ideas? Bruce McCarthy and Rich Mironov joined Product Tank Auckland to talk about frameworks, collaboration and executive interrupts.
Product Tank Dublin hosted Rich Mironov’s talk on internal stakeholders, their competing goals, and what they look for in your roadmaps.
There are a lot of inputs to product strategy including advisory boards, customer forums, sales teams and ROI prioritization algorithms. None are sufficient on their own: we have to develop and apply strategic judgment, and test that in the marketplace.