Our Product Roadmap Is Public And People Love It

Feb 3rd, 2016 Product Janna Bastow 1 min read

People often become visibly concerned when I tell them my company, ProdPad, has a public product roadmap. Yes, it sounds like a terribly uncomfortable idea from the outside. But relax! We’re not handing the game over to our competitors. We’re not hurting our business. We’re just not under any delusions that we’re Apple, or that […]

How To Get Away With Ambiguous Timelines

Jan 6th, 2016 Product Janna Bastow 1 min read

We recently published “Why Release Dates Are Irrelevant To Product Managers” and it immediately became one of our most widely shared pieces. Was it something I said? I hope so. The worst kept secret of in the product management community is that we’re terrible with dates. We don’t like them. Working with them is bad for […]

Why Release Dates Are Irrelevant To Product Managers

Nov 24th, 2015 Product Janna Bastow 7 min read

What’s a product roadmap with dates? A release plan. Or at least it might as well be. I’m going to say this again and again until my voice is hoarse and my fingers run out of steam. I’ll be a crotchety old lady waving a cane at you saying the same old thing, if I […]

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Why Release Dates Are Irrelevant To Product Managers

Nov 24th, 2015 Product Janna Bastow 7 min read

What’s a product roadmap with dates? A release plan. Or at least it might as well be. I’m going to say this again and again until my voice is hoarse and my fingers run out of steam. I’ll be a crotchety old lady waving a cane at you saying the same old thing, if I […]

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Why It’s Not Easy To Hire A Great Product Manager

Oct 19th, 2015 Product Janna Bastow 7 min read

Nobody gets product managers I regularly meet CEOs and CTOs of tech companies who wonder why they can’t seem to recruit quality product managers – and for a lot of them, it’s because they’ve written up a job description for a “project manager.” As a result, they’re automatically disqualifying themselves from getting access to the […]

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Why It’s Not Easy To Hire A Great Product Manager

Oct 19th, 2015 Product Janna Bastow 7 min read

Nobody gets product managers I regularly meet CEOs and CTOs of tech companies who wonder why they can’t seem to recruit quality product managers – and for a lot of them, it’s because they’ve written up a job description for a “project manager.” As a result, they’re automatically disqualifying themselves from getting access to the […]

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How A Product Roadmap Drives New Product Development

Aug 31st, 2015 Product Janna Bastow 3 min read

One of the main goals of a product roadmap is to create a product of value to an identified customer base. This is designed to make it possible for a company to achieve specific financial goals. The product roadmap covers market opportunities, reveals competitive pricing, provide steps from creation to successful distribution and more. In […]

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Why a Product Roadmap is Vital for New Product Development

Aug 31st, 2015 Product Janna Bastow 2 min read

One of the main goals of a product roadmap is to create a product of value to an identified customer base. This is designed to make it possible for a company to achieve specific financial goals. The product roadmap will cover market opportunities, reveal competitive pricing, provide steps from creation to successful distribution and more. […]

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The Leanest Way To Organize Your Product Backlog

Aug 19th, 2015 Product Janna Bastow 2 min read

One of the most important tasks – but unfortunately one of the least popular – for product managers is organizing the product backlog. Staying on top of all those ideas is the only way to continually push the best ones to the top. But when you fall behind on maintenance, it can (and will) spiral out of […]

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Good Housekeeping: Pruning the Product Backlog

Aug 19th, 2015 Product Janna Bastow 2 min read

One of the most important tasks – but unfortunately one of the least popular – for product managers is organizing the backlog. Staying on top of a multitude of ideas is the only way to continually filter up the best for development. But when pushed back and back this maintenance can spiral out of control. […]

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