Tactical Outsourcing

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Slides Calvin Chu recently used in his discussion w/ mentees of The Product Mentor.

The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Mentors and Mentees from around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals…Better Decisions. Better Products. Better Product People.

Throughout the program, each mentor leads a conversation in an area of their expertise that is live streamed and available to both mentee and the broader product community.

http://TheProductMentor.com

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Tactical Outsourcing

  1. 1. Tactical  Outsourcing   For  Product  Management     Calvin  Chu  
  2. 2. What  is  Tactical  Outsourcing?  
  3. 3. * People   * Money   * Risk   What  is  Tactical  Outsourcing?  
  4. 4. * Why  you  shouldn’t  do  it   * How  you  shouldn’t  do  it   * Why  you  should   What  is  Tactical  Outsourcing?  
  5. 5. *  Stakeholders   *  Product  Purpose   *  Scope  Description   *  Market  Assumptions   *  Personas   *  Features   *  Functional   *  Screens   *  Usability   *  Support   *  Technology   *  API  &  Interface  Points   *  Release  Criteria   *  Branding   *  Sales  Support   *  Time  Frame     Some  Common  PRD  Parts  
  6. 6. * Speed   * Budget   * Quality   Why  and  how?  
  7. 7. *  Gun.io   *  Freelancer.com   *  eLance.com  (&  odesk)   *  Tech  Meetups   *  Craigslist   *  Contracting  Agencies   *  Independent  Freelancers  /  Other  Marketplaces   *  Interns   Outsourcing  Resources  
  8. 8. eLance   RFQ  Goes  here  
  9. 9. *  Basecamp,  Skype  Chat,  Skype  Video,  Groupme,   github,  socialcast.   *  Automate  automate   *  Make  sure  all  players  have  a  synopsis  of  the  system   but  the  details  aren’t  that  necessary,  don’t   overwhelm  the  subproject  leads   *  If  overseas,  factor  in  for  double  the  time  chatting   Communications  Glue  
  10. 10. *  What  is  a  Request  for  Quotation?   The  Time  Rule  of  Thumb   Time   RFQ  Work   Contractor   Work   Communicat ions  
  11. 11. Req  Doc   *  An  example  template   can  be  found  here:   *  http://www.qando.net/ wp-­‐content/uploads/ rfp_web_sample.pdf  
  12. 12. *  Explain  why  they  should  care   Product  &  Org  Background  
  13. 13. *  Explain  what  they  need  to  do  in  order  to  bid   Ground  Rules  
  14. 14. *  Slice  PRD   *  Produce  Objective  Section   *  Functional  Requirements   *  Summary  of  Functions   *  Example  Functions:  min  performance,  features,  etc   *  Each  of  the  functions  listed  in  the  summary  should  be   numbered  and  following  each  section,  each  thing  is  explained   in  detail.    For  example:   *  Section  5:  Graphics  Performance.    Each  screen  should  respond   to  drag  commands  within  250ms,  and  respond  to  clickable   areas  within  500ms.     The  Objective  
  15. 15. *  Explain  up  front  how  they  will  be  selected   *  Read  responses   *  Funnel  down  to  5   *  Run  the  finalists  through  a  hoop   *  Interview,  interview,  Interview   Selection  Criteria  
  16. 16. *  It  is  not  about  getting  the  cheapest  price   Price  

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