Category «Product Management»

Review of Lean Analytics by Alistair Croll and Benjamin Yoskovitz

Lean Analytics

Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Startup Faster is written by Alistair Croll and Benjamin Yoskowitz. It is part of the ‘Lean Startup’ series started by Eric Ries in his seminal book ‘The Lean Startup’. In a nutshell, Lean Analytics focuses on the ‘measure’ portion of the Build-Measure-Learn cycle. I had an opportunity to present …

Low Hanging Fruit

low hanging fruit

What is the Low Hanging Fruit Activity? During workshops and inceptions, there are often problems (or opportunities if you are a positive minded) that are identified, which are quite easy to solve and have an inordinately high ROI as far as value or customer buy-in is concerned. If a concerted effort is not made to …

5 Unique Challenges in Managing a Social Good Product

5 unique challenges in managing social good products

  I have worked as the product manager for Bahmni, an open source Hospital Information System developed by ThoughtWorks. During this period, I learned product management as applied to social good products. This article has my observations. First, a few definitions and postulates. Organizations create commercial products to make money for themselves. They do this …

Building a Product Management Team

building a product management team

This was originally a note, I penned when I was the Product Manager for Bahmni, to kick start the building of a team of product owners. It is presented below with edits only for hiding identities. Introduction Purpose The purpose of this document is to Articulate the salient points of working as a Product Owner Articulate …

Facilitating Hopes & Concerns Games

What is a ‘Hopes & Concerns’ game? A ‘hopes and concerns’ game (also called ‘speedboat’, ‘anchors & engines’ etc.) belongs to a class of games that helps elucidate the hopes/threats/strengths and concerns/opportunities/weaknesses of a business idea or product. This is not a SWOT exercise even though I have listed down strengths and weaknesses above. Since …

Facilitating Elevator Pitch Games

This article focuses on the facilitation aspects of the game rather than the need & benefits game itself. The assumption is that you have heard what an elevator pitch is along with why and where it is needed. I will also be assuming that you are the facilitator and are helping a group of people …

Iteration Length

Introduction Iteration lengths are usually the last thing that organizations look at when it comes to individual projects. Barring a few select organizations (mostly those in ITES), organizations tend to fix the length once and apply it across all implementation projects. Is this a good practice to adopt? Like other things in agile, it depends …

Holistic Perspective on an Agile Analyst’s Work

I have been writing articles on the activities within a sprint. While going through them to refine my writing, I realized that I should have started off with a unifying thread that stitches the various articles together. Since a picture is so much better at conveying information, here are a couple which should help elucidate …