The definition provided is a composite of several definitions of product management, but includes users as an equal to revenue and profit which is important whenever you’re discussing open source. This differs from the traditional definition of product management which historically has been manufacturer-driven and focused on sales and profit. Traditional product management has focused on uncovering and solving the needs of a limited set of key stakeholders (ie. large customers, partners, etc).Sometimes its not profit, its sustainabilitu, or…..And then there might be “the mission” too
1. Product Management in
the Open (Source)
Discussion encouraged by Larissa Shapiro
Open Source Bridge
June 18, 2013
2. Procedural Matters
Who am I
Who are you
What are we talking about
3. What is product
“Product management is discovering,
documenting, and prioritizing user stories with the
objective of maximizing some combination of
users, sales revenue, and profit. ”
4. What does the product
Listen to all the “stakeholders”
Especially the users. All the people. A lot.
This is job one.
Get ALL THE data!
Market data, community data, user data, sales data!
Be the “voice of the user”
Define the roadmap. Collaboratively.
Write product “requirements” Collaboratively.
Are these jobs different, in open source?
Do open source projects need these things?
5. What does the product
manager… not do?
Product manager does not equal project or
program manager, except when it does
Product manager does not equal developer or
architect, except when it does
Product manager does not always mean product
“owner” in the Agile/Scrum sense either, but
sometimes it does.
6. Emphasize the
The often stated goal of product management is to
solve real user problems under real scenarios.
How better than with true community engagement
But what does that look like, for a product
7. How does your project do
I personally especially want to know if folks have
(or are) “volunteer” product managers and how
Er, questions? Discussions!
Please don’t hesitate to bug me later.