Lean Communications<br />Accelerating Revenue by Aligning diverse Teams in High Tech Companies<br />Saeed Khan<br />http:/...
What is the biggest barrier companies face in effectively executing their plans? <br />Copyright  © Saeed Khan  2010<br />
Marketing<br />Strategy<br />Budgets<br />Resources<br />Communication<br />Pricing<br />Partnerships<br />Technology<br /...
Communication<br />Copyright  © Saeed Khan  2010<br />
Poor communication leads to:<br />misaligned teams<br />poor or delayed decisions<br />reduced revenue<br />Copyright  © S...
And what happens when communication isn’t always timely, complete or accurate?<br />Copyright  © Saeed Khan  2010<br />
Copyright  © Saeed Khan  2010<br />http://www.ahajokes.com/cartoon/teamw.jpg<br />
Copyright  © Saeed Khan  2010<br />http://murali.weblogs.us/images/software_development1.jpg<br />
Hidden<br />  Communication and Decisions must be:<br />Timely<br />Complete<br />Accurate<br />Copyright  © Saeed Khan  2...
Creating Successful Products<br />Let’s analyze the communication that occurs during the product development process<br />...
Product Strategy<br />ProductManagement<br />Inter-Team Communication<br />Start with product and business discussions<br ...
Product Strategy<br />ProductManagement<br />Engineering<br />ProductMarketing<br />Inter-Team Communication<br />Include ...
Product Strategy<br />ProductManagement<br />Engineering<br />ProductMarketing<br />Marketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />...
Product Strategy<br />Industry Analysts<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />Engineering<br />ProductMarketing<br />...
Product Strategy<br />Industry Analysts<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />Engineering<br />ProductMarketing<br />...
Inter-Team Communication<br />Each “Team” includes many people and interactions<br />PR Agencies<br />Industry Analysts<br...
Inter-Team Communication<br />And those people are likely spread across the globe<br />Copyright  © Saeed Khan  2010<br />
Inter-Team Communication<br />This happens for everyreleaseof everyproductyour company sells<br />Copyright  © Saeed Khan ...
Is this communication model timely, complete and accurate?<br />Possibly.<br />Copyright  © Saeed Khan  2010<br />
Is this communication model efficient, adaptiveandscalable?<br />Absolutely not!<br />Copyright  © Saeed Khan  2010<br />
Is this the most efficient way to manage complex communication across diverse groups?<br />Copyright  © Saeed Khan  2010<b...
What can we learn from Lean Manufacturing?<br />Copyright  © Saeed Khan  2010<br />
Lean Production<br />Lean is a production practice that considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the...
Lean Production<br />Working from the perspective of the customer who consumes a product or service, "value" is defined as...
Goals of Lean<br />Improve quality<br />Eliminate waste<br />Reduce time<br />Reduce total costs<br />Copyright  © Saeed K...
Let’s look at the product development process<br />Copyright  © Saeed Khan  2010<br />
Creating Successful Products<br />  Complex and risky process<br />Copyright  © Saeed Khan  2010<br />
Creating Successful Products<br />  Delays or reduced functionality are common, if not the norm<br />Copyright  © Saeed Kh...
Creating Successful Products<br />  Requires coordination of many teams<br />Copyright  © Saeed Khan  2010<br />
Creating Successful Products<br />  Decisions often delayed due to incomplete or untimely information<br />Copyright  © Sa...
How do people “manage” this today?<br />Tracking Software<br />Status meetings<br />Emails, Spreadsheets<br />Shared Folde...
Who does what and when?<br />Copyright  © Saeed Khan  2010<br />
Who does what and when?<br />Heavily Involved<br />Moderately Involved<br />Loosely Involved<br />Not Involved<br />3     ...
Who does what and when?<br />Heavily Involved<br />Moderately Involved<br />Loosely Involved<br />Not Involved<br />3     ...
Who does what and when?<br />Heavily Involved<br />Moderately Involved<br />Loosely Involved<br />Not Involved<br />3     ...
Who does what and when?<br />Heavily Involved<br />Moderately Involved<br />Loosely Involved<br />Not Involved<br />3     ...
Flow of Information and Communication<br />Heavily Involved<br />Moderately Involved<br />Loosely Involved<br />Not Involv...
Flow of Information and Communication<br />Heavily Involved<br />Moderately Involved<br />Loosely Involved<br />Not Involv...
Flow of Information and Communication<br />Map out key cross-team activities and define necessary deliverables at each sta...
Flow of Information and Communication<br />Who needs information? What do they need?When do they need it?Who must provide ...
Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />PR Agencies<br />...
Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Information Needs...
Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Information Needs...
Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Information Needs...
Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Information Needs...
Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Information Needs...
Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Information Needs...
Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Deliverables Crea...
Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Deliverables Crea...
Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Deliverables Crea...
Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Deliverables Crea...
Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Deliverables Crea...
Implementing the Lean Communication Model<br />Copyright  © Saeed Khan  2010<br />
Implementing Lean Communications<br />Start with the Product Management and Product Marketing teams<br />These two teams h...
Implementing Lean Communications<br />Map out deliverables for each stage of development process<br />Introduce changes to...
Product Management Deliverables<br />Heavily Involved<br />Moderately Involved<br />Loosely Involved<br />Not Involved<br ...
Product Management Deliverables<br />Copyright  © Saeed Khan  2010<br />
Define each Deliverable<br />Release Overview<br />A Release Overview is a cross-functional document aimed to provide nece...
Characteristics of Deliverables “Grids”<br />Deliverables “Grids” define a set of standard, necessary cross-team deliverab...
Characteristics of Deliverables “Grids”<br />Deliverables “Grids” are product and release neutral. i.e. they can be used t...
Characteristics of Deliverables “Grids”<br />They inform others of what must be delivered by them and what will be produce...
Benefits of Lean Communication<br />Bring teams into better alignment through out Product Development and Release process<...
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A major part of product innovation and success rests on efficient and effective communication across teams in a company. In startups, this happens almost naturally. In medium and large companies, process needs to be put in place. Lean Communication is a model based on Lean principles that can be used to align teams and accelerate time to revenue for high tech products. As key members of the overall communication network, Product Managers and Product Marketers will benefit significantly by adopting this model.

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  • Take a look at this set of answers. What is the biggest barrier companies face in effectively executing on plans?
  • The answer is communication. People don’t work in isolation. They make decisions everyday and must have information to make those decisions and must communicate those decisions to others.Other words such as collaboration, team work, agility etc. get tossed around, but in the end , people need the right information at the right time to make optimal decisions. That’s the goal of effective business communication.Timely, trusted and relevant information
  • In our organizations, we’re all working towards the same overall goals – increase revenue and profit, beat the competition, make customers successful, build better products etc.But we do this by working towards diverse individual goals. Engineering creates softwareMarketing positions it and generates awarenessSales closes the deals etc.We work toward overall goals but doing so in our own silos. And somehow, we have to figure out how to communicate with each other to address interdependencies amongst groups.Every company it seems has their own ways of addressing this problem. Why is that? Why is it that every company seems to reinvent the wheel (albeit differently I should add) when it comes to working these processes out?And while they figure it out, what is the cost to those companies in lost revenue and lost opportunity as individual and teams “wing it” because they are not equipped with the right information they need to make the best decisions possible?
  • Here’s a little example of the impact of incorrect decisions. On the surface, it’s only a small error, but the impact is large.While humourous, it’s an example of something that happens commonly in software and technology companies during the sales process.
  • And of course, people are not all centrally located. They all need information to make timely decisions to meet their objectives.
  • So having gone through this example, the question arises as to how to benefit from this model in your own organization
  • &lt;This is a key slide.&gt;Start with Product Management and optionally Product Marketing. These two teams probably create more cross-team deliverables than any other groups. Information from product management, such as requirements, product plans, road maps, etc. are all useful for other teams. Similarly product marketing creates positioning papers, market overviews, competitive briefs etc. that other teams like sales needs.The point being, if you can start here and optimize the information, it’s completeness, quality and timeliness, then most downstream activities will see significant benefits.
  • Map out what who needs what and when, and decide how to create the artifacts that will reduce the effort on your part in creating and delivering the information, but will maximize the value and benefit of that information to those downstream teams.One good strategy is to try to provide regular flows of information/deliverables that are easily understood and resused, vs. large, complex and intimidating documents that people are likely to ignore.Provide a clear process and means for people to get the information when it is published and try to follow the information as it is used in downstream (internal) teams. If you can see who is and isn’t using it, you can learn why and improve the process in future release cycles.
  • Once defined, these grids can be used across products and releases. While there may be slight modifications needed in different situations (e.g. major release vs. minor release), the model and structure will likely apply. This creates a clear standard for communication that can be understood by all members of an organization regardless of their department or business unit.
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    1. 1. Lean Communications<br />Accelerating Revenue by Aligning diverse Teams in High Tech Companies<br />Saeed Khan<br />http://www.onproductmanagement.net<br />@saeedwkhan, @onpm (Twitter)<br />
    2. 2. What is the biggest barrier companies face in effectively executing their plans? <br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    3. 3. Marketing<br />Strategy<br />Budgets<br />Resources<br />Communication<br />Pricing<br />Partnerships<br />Technology<br />Planning<br />Awareness<br />Economics<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    4. 4. Communication<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    5. 5. Poor communication leads to:<br />misaligned teams<br />poor or delayed decisions<br />reduced revenue<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    6. 6. And what happens when communication isn’t always timely, complete or accurate?<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    7. 7. Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />http://www.ahajokes.com/cartoon/teamw.jpg<br />
    8. 8. Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />http://murali.weblogs.us/images/software_development1.jpg<br />
    9. 9. Hidden<br /> Communication and Decisions must be:<br />Timely<br />Complete<br />Accurate<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    10. 10. Creating Successful Products<br />Let’s analyze the communication that occurs during the product development process<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    11. 11. Product Strategy<br />ProductManagement<br />Inter-Team Communication<br />Start with product and business discussions<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    12. 12. Product Strategy<br />ProductManagement<br />Engineering<br />ProductMarketing<br />Inter-Team Communication<br />Include Engineering and Product Marketing<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    13. 13. Product Strategy<br />ProductManagement<br />Engineering<br />ProductMarketing<br />Marketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Professional Services<br />Technical Support<br />Technical Presales<br />Inter-Team Communication<br />Other internal groups join in<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    14. 14. Product Strategy<br />Industry Analysts<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />Engineering<br />ProductMarketing<br />Marketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Professional Services<br />Technical Support<br />Technical Presales<br />Technology Partners<br />Offshore Developers<br />System Integrators<br />OEM Partners<br />PR Agencies<br />VARs Distributors<br />Inter-Team Communication<br />External groups also participate<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    15. 15. Product Strategy<br />Industry Analysts<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />Engineering<br />ProductMarketing<br />Marketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Professional Services<br />Technical Support<br />Technical Presales<br />Technology Partners<br />Offshore Developers<br />System Integrators<br />OEM Partners<br />PR Agencies<br />VARs Distributors<br />Inter-Team Communication<br />It’s actually rather complex<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    16. 16. Inter-Team Communication<br />Each “Team” includes many people and interactions<br />PR Agencies<br />Industry Analysts<br />Product Strategy<br />Marketing<br />VARs Distributors<br />OEM Partners<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Technology Partners<br />Technical Presales<br />System Integrators<br />Engineering<br />Professional Services<br />Technical Support<br />Offshore Developers<br />Customers<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    17. 17. Inter-Team Communication<br />And those people are likely spread across the globe<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    18. 18. Inter-Team Communication<br />This happens for everyreleaseof everyproductyour company sells<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    19. 19. Is this communication model timely, complete and accurate?<br />Possibly.<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    20. 20. Is this communication model efficient, adaptiveandscalable?<br />Absolutely not!<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    21. 21. Is this the most efficient way to manage complex communication across diverse groups?<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    22. 22. What can we learn from Lean Manufacturing?<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    23. 23. Lean Production<br />Lean is a production practice that considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful, and thus a target for elimination.<br />Source: Wikipedia<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    24. 24. Lean Production<br />Working from the perspective of the customer who consumes a product or service, "value" is defined as any action or process that a customer would be willing to pay for.<br />Basically, lean is centered on preserving value with less work.<br />Source: Wikipedia<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    25. 25. Goals of Lean<br />Improve quality<br />Eliminate waste<br />Reduce time<br />Reduce total costs<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    26. 26. Let’s look at the product development process<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    27. 27. Creating Successful Products<br /> Complex and risky process<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    28. 28. Creating Successful Products<br /> Delays or reduced functionality are common, if not the norm<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    29. 29. Creating Successful Products<br /> Requires coordination of many teams<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    30. 30. Creating Successful Products<br /> Decisions often delayed due to incomplete or untimely information<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    31. 31. How do people “manage” this today?<br />Tracking Software<br />Status meetings<br />Emails, Spreadsheets<br />Shared Folders, Portals<br />Dashboards, Webinars<br />Conference calls<br />“It’s up on the Wiki”<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    32. 32. Who does what and when?<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    33. 33. Who does what and when?<br />Heavily Involved<br />Moderately Involved<br />Loosely Involved<br />Not Involved<br />3 <br />2<br />1 <br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    34. 34. Who does what and when?<br />Heavily Involved<br />Moderately Involved<br />Loosely Involved<br />Not Involved<br />3 <br />2<br />1 <br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    35. 35. Who does what and when?<br />Heavily Involved<br />Moderately Involved<br />Loosely Involved<br />Not Involved<br />3 <br />2<br />1 <br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    36. 36. Who does what and when?<br />Heavily Involved<br />Moderately Involved<br />Loosely Involved<br />Not Involved<br />3 <br />2<br />1 <br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    37. 37. Flow of Information and Communication<br />Heavily Involved<br />Moderately Involved<br />Loosely Involved<br />Not Involved<br />3 <br />2<br />1 <br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    38. 38. Flow of Information and Communication<br />Heavily Involved<br />Moderately Involved<br />Loosely Involved<br />Not Involved<br />3 <br />2<br />1 <br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    39. 39. Flow of Information and Communication<br />Map out key cross-team activities and define necessary deliverables at each stage for each team <br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    40. 40. Flow of Information and Communication<br />Who needs information? What do they need?When do they need it?Who must provide it? How is it optimally delivered?<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    41. 41. Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />PR Agencies<br />Industry Analysts<br />Marketing<br />VARs Distributors<br />OEM Partners<br />Technology Partners<br />Technical Presales<br />System Integrators<br />Engineering<br />Professional Services<br />Technical Support<br />Offshore Developers<br />One Information Chain<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    42. 42. Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Information Needs along the Chain<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    43. 43. Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Information Needs along the Chain<br />Start with the end “customer”<br />Does the product meet my needs?<br />Will it work in my environment?<br />What are the costs?<br />What are the benefits?<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    44. 44. Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Information Needs along the Chain<br />I need a data sheet and technical collateral<br />I need SKUs and pricing information<br />I need an ROI calculator<br />Who are the reference accounts I can provide?<br />Does the product meet my needs?<br />Will it work in my environment?<br />What are the costs?<br />What are the benefits?<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    45. 45. Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Information Needs along the Chain<br />What does the product do?<br />Who can benefit from it?<br />What are those benefits?<br />How is it licensed?<br />How is it positioned versus the alternatives?<br />I need a data sheet and technical collateral<br />I need SKUs and pricing information<br />I need an ROI calculator<br />Who are the reference accounts I can provide?<br />Does the product meet my needs?<br />Will it work in my environment?<br />What are the costs?<br />What are the benefits?<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    46. 46. Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Information Needs along the Chain<br />What does the product do?<br />Who can benefit from it?<br />What are those benefits?<br />How is it licensed?<br />How is it positioned versus the alternatives?<br />I need a data sheet and technical collateral<br />I need SKUs and pricing information<br />I need an ROI calculator<br />Who are the reference accounts I can provide?<br />Does the product meet my needs?<br />Will it work in my environment?<br />What are the costs?<br />What are the benefits?<br />What market problems do we address?<br />How can we outflank our competitors?<br />What product changes do we make to maximize revenue?<br />What are the objectives of the release?<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    47. 47. Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Information Needs along the Chain<br />Do the product goals support overall business objectives?<br />How can we grow our existing customer base?<br />What market changes will we have to react to?<br />What go-to-market strategy do we need?<br />What does the product do?<br />Who can benefit from it?<br />What are those benefits?<br />How is it licensed?<br />How is it positioned versus the alternatives?<br />I need a data sheet and technical collateral<br />I need SKUs and pricing information<br />I need an ROI calculator<br />Who are the reference accounts I can provide?<br />Does the product meet my needs?<br />Will it work in my environment?<br />What are the costs?<br />What are the benefits?<br />What market problems do we address?<br />How can we outflank our competitors?<br />What product changes do we make to maximize revenue?<br />What are the objectives of the release?<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    48. 48. Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Deliverables Created In the Chain<br />Market Assessment<br />Product Strategy<br />Technology Strategy<br />Competitive Landscape<br />What does the product do?<br />Who can benefit from it?<br />What are those benefits?<br />How is it licensed?<br />How is it positioned versus the alternatives?<br />I need a data sheet and technical collateral<br />I need SKUs and pricing information<br />I need an ROI calculator<br />Who are the reference accounts I can provide?<br />Does the product meet my needs?<br />Will it work in my environment?<br />What are the costs?<br />What are the benefits?<br />What market problems do we address?<br />How can we outflank our competitors?<br />What product changes do we make to maximize revenue?<br />What are the objectives of the release?<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    49. 49. Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Deliverables Created In the Chain<br />Market Analysis<br />Product Strategy<br />Technology Strategy<br />Competitive Landscape<br />What does the product do?<br />Who can benefit from it?<br />What are those benefits?<br />How is it licensed?<br />How is it positioned versus the alternatives?<br />I need a data sheet and technical collateral<br />I need SKUs and pricing information<br />I need an ROI calculator<br />Who are the reference accounts I can provide?<br />Does the product meet my needs?<br />Will it work in my environment?<br />What are the costs?<br />What are the benefits?<br />Market Requirements<br />Problem Statements<br />Competitive Analysis<br />Product Roadmap<br />Release Overview<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    50. 50. Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Deliverables Created In the Chain<br />Market Analysis<br />Product Strategy<br />Technology Strategy<br />Competitive Landscape<br />Product Positioning<br />Data Sheets<br />White Papers<br />Price booksSuccess Stories<br />Sales Tools<br />I need a data sheet and technical collateral<br />I need SKUs and pricing information<br />I need an ROI calculator<br />Who are the reference accounts I can provide?<br />Does the product meet my needs?<br />Will it work in my environment?<br />What are the costs?<br />What are the benefits?<br />Market Requirements<br />Problem Statements<br />Competitive Analysis<br />Product Roadmap<br />Release Overview<br />
    51. 51. Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Deliverables Created In the Chain<br />Market Analysis<br />Product Strategy<br />Technology Strategy<br />Competitive Landscape<br />Product Positioning<br />Data Sheets<br />White Papers<br />Price booksSuccess Stories<br />Sales Tools<br />Product Presentations<br />ROI Analysis<br />Customer Business Case<br />Proof of Concept<br />Does the product meet my needs?<br />Will it work in my environment?<br />What are the costs?<br />What are the benefits?<br />Market Requirements<br />Problem Statements<br />Competitive Analysis<br />Product Roadmap<br />Release Overview<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    52. 52. Product Strategy<br />Customers<br />ProductManagement<br />ProductMarketing<br />Sales & Alliances<br />Deliverables Created In the Chain<br />Market Analysis<br />Product Strategy<br />Technology Strategy<br />Competitive Landscape<br />Product Positioning<br />Data Sheets<br />White Papers<br />Price booksSuccess Stories<br />Sales Tools<br />Product Presentations<br />ROI Analysis<br />Customer Business Case<br />Proof of Concept<br />RFI/RFP<br />Business Justification<br />Implementation Plan<br />Market Requirements<br />Problem Statements<br />Competitive Analysis<br />Product Roadmap<br />Release Overview<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    53. 53. Implementing the Lean Communication Model<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    54. 54. Implementing Lean Communications<br />Start with the Product Management and Product Marketing teams<br />These two teams have the most downstream impact on other teams<br />Analyze what you are producing and for whom?<br />Understand the information gaps<br />Is information needed by others? When? Why?<br />How can other teams reuse content and information you create?<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    55. 55. Implementing Lean Communications<br />Map out deliverables for each stage of development process<br />Introduce changes to other teams during the product development and release cycle <br />Track the flow of documents, if possible<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    56. 56. Product Management Deliverables<br />Heavily Involved<br />Moderately Involved<br />Loosely Involved<br />Not Involved<br />3 <br />2<br />1 <br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    57. 57. Product Management Deliverables<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    58. 58. Define each Deliverable<br />Release Overview<br />A Release Overview is a cross-functional document aimed to provide necessary release information to downstream groups. The Overview should include the following information:<br />Key dates including Beta, FCS and GA<br />PAM changes for the given release<br />High level description of the release, major themes and key features<br />Major issues to be aware of WRT the release, including licensing changes, product repackaging etc.<br />Within reason, detail on each of the features that are in the release, along with key benefits of those features<br />Listing of any physical materials that will be created/updated for the release. This applies primarily to CDs and printed documentation, but could include other packaging items such as boxes etc.<br />This document is the primary resource for release information for groups such as Product Marketing, Sales Consulting, Education Services, Support, and Alliances.<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    59. 59. Characteristics of Deliverables “Grids”<br />Deliverables “Grids” define a set of standard, necessary cross-team deliverables (and sometimes activities) for each group across all stages of the product development cycle<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    60. 60. Characteristics of Deliverables “Grids”<br />Deliverables “Grids” are product and release neutral. i.e. they can be used to standardize communication processes across teams regardless of product or release<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    61. 61. Characteristics of Deliverables “Grids”<br />They inform others of what must be delivered by them and what will be produced for them in any given stage of the product development cycle.<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    62. 62. Benefits of Lean Communication<br />Bring teams into better alignment through out Product Development and Release process<br />Ensure all parties have timely information to make optimal go forward decisions that are within their area of responsibility<br />Enable better training and communication for those customer facing teams in a timely manner<br />Minimize time to revenue<br />Copyright © Saeed Khan 2010<br />
    63. 63. Lean Communications<br />Accelerating Revenue by Aligning diverse Teams in High Tech Companies<br />Saeed Khan<br />http://www.onproductmanagement.net<br />@saeedwkhan, @onpm (Twitter)<br />

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