Disciplined Agile

Product Management

Product ManagementThe Product Management process blade includes the acts of identifying and prioritizing potential products and services (offerings) to support your organization’s strategy; of formulating the vision for each of these offerings; of working with customers to understand their high-level needs; of identifying, prioritizing, and allocating minimum business increments (MBIs) for the offerings under development; of identifying and managing functional dependencies between offerings; of marketing those offerings to their potential customers; and of monitoring the marketplace to identify future customer needs. Disciplined agile product management is product management performed in a collaborative and evolutionary manner that reflects the context of your organization.

You need an effective approach to product management because you want:

  1. To build the right product(s). You will always have many more ideas for products than you can possibly fund. Your product management team will need to prioritize the ideas for potential products so that they can focus on the ones that will provide the most value to your organization.
  2. To stop building the wrong product(s). Product managers will monitor the work of development teams, ongoing experiments, and even existing solutions running in production to determine their effectiveness. Products that aren’t effective must either be evolved or cancelled to enable you to focus on high-value products.
  3. The right product features at the right time. When there are many delivery teams working in parallel there will be functional dependencies between the solutions/products being worked on. These functional dependencies need to be taken into account when the work is being prioritized so that the right functionality is available when it is needed.
  4. To ensure that people use the product. Part of product management is marketing to potential end users/customers. If people don’t know that functionality is available to them then they are unlikely to use/buy it.