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Making Effective Product Decisions


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As product managers and product owners, we make a myriad of decisions—from shaping the product strategy to deciding the detailed functionality of our products. But do we make all these decisions effectively? And do we always secure the necessary buy-in? This slide deck wants to helps you make better decisions. It discusses five common decision rules and explains when to apply them.

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Making Effective Product Decisions

  1. 1. Roman Pichler Making Effective Product Decisions Tips for Product Managers and Product Owners
  2. 2. Involve the Right People Photo courtesy of Rawpixel
  3. 3. 3 © 2017 Pichler Consulting Limited ScrumMaster/ Coach Development Team (Reps) Stakeholder Product Manager/ Owner StakeholderStakeholder
  4. 4. 4 © 2017 Pichler Consulting Limited Interest Power PlayersSubjects Crowd Context Setters Source: “Making Strategy” by Eden and Ackermann.
  5. 5. Photo courtesy of Pexels Decide How to Decide
  6. 6. 6 © 2017 Pichler Consulting Limited Based on “The Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making” by Sam Kaner et. al. Common Decision Rules Delegate Consensus Decide after discussion Decide w/o discussion Majority Vote
  7. 7. 7 © 2017 Pichler Consulting Limited Should you contribute to the decision as the product manager or product owner? Delegate Decide w/o discussion Do you need to involve team members and stakeholders? Majority Vote NO Do you have to make the decision quickly? Decide after discussion Consensus NO YES YES Does the decision have a high impact? NO NOYES YESSTART
  8. 8. Achieve True Consensus Photo courtesy of Pexels
  9. 9. 9 © 2017 Pichler Consulting Limited Familiar Options Diverse Perspectives Consolidated Thinking Refinements ✔✔ CONSENSUS Based on “The Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making” by Sam Kaner et. al. ✔ NEW TOPIC ?
  10. 10. 10 © 2017 Pichler Consulting Limited You can find more information at: More Information Please send questions & feedback to: @romanpichler