Planning, Tracking and Metrics

Measuring product manager performance on internal system products

Last fall, Austin PMM had a discussion around how to measure product manager (PdM) performance. Much of the conversation centered around products developed for external customers and focused on sales or profit metrics. My experience, however, has typically been in product management for internal systems where there are no clear-cut …

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Making sure your spec is reviewed.

Do you ever get the uneasy feeling that no one is reading your software requirements specification? The reality is that the development team is probably busy on the last release and that the business stakeholders are busy doing their jobs in the business. What is a lonely Product Manager to …

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Documented Requirements ARE Necessary

It all started with the recent CIO article Fixing the Requirements Mess. A comment by Christopher Creel (halfway down the page) was then put on the Requirements Defined Message Board. After reading Mr. Creel’s comments, and the other postings, I think people are missing the main problem with his argument. …

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One Size Fits None

The November 15, 2005 issue of CIO Magazine leads with the headline “Rethinking Requirements” and includes an article titled Fixing the Requirements Mess. Now, I just know someone is going to come along and burst my bubble by revealing this is a recycled story the editors run every few months, …

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Cnotxet is ciritacl

I came across this the other day. It is a meme that has been making its way around the net for the past couple of years and purports to show how the mind is able to make sense out of jumbled words as long as the first and last letters …

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Want to know what to build? You just have to ask…

Asking effective questions is undoubtedly one of the most critical skills needed by anyone involved in writing requirements. One-on-one it’s usually called interviewing while group sessions typically involve facilitation. Regardless of the label you apply to it, the simple act of asking a question is actually anything but.Esther Derby wrote …

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