Your weekly dose of musings. This week, mostly product roadmap related:
- I’ve been doing lots of roadmap work this week, so I counted myself fortunate to hear Janna Bastow talk about her ideas on creating effective roadmaps at the Birmingham Product Tank meetup. My process for developing a roadmap isn’t as well oiled as hers yet, and doesn’t rely on dedicated tooling. I’m still more of a mind maps and Confluence kinda guy. I can see the value of maybe bringing Trello into the mix also though. And certainly her ideas on losing dates and making roadmaps objective rather than feature driven resonated. Her talk is basically replicated in full here, and well worth a read.
- Also speaking at the meetup was Marc Abraham, on why Jay Z would make an awesome product manager. To be fair, he probably would. But so would plenty of other folk in the media space. One day, I’ll get around to writing that Lessons Learned from Robert Rodriguez blog post… In the meantime, this podcast is worth a listen:
- Janna got me thinking and exploring the idea of outcome driven roadmaps anyway. There’s another decent article on same here: Escape from the Feature Roadmap to Outcome Driven Development
- Of course, one of the key things to take away from Janna’s talk and associated articles above, is that if you’re going to go down the outcome driven route, you need good ways of measuring those outcomes and determining whether or not your changes have been successful. I found the article here quite insightful in that regard, Evaluating Experiments: When the Numbers Lie.
- I listen to a lot of music while I’m working, and much of that work tends to be fundamentally ambient in nature (since I find lyrics/words a distraction from deep thought). The idea that the music I’m listening to could be enhanced or even created by some flavour of AI doesn’t surprise me much (I always have this image in my mind of the Cornell box creator from Gibson’s novel, Count Zero), so I found this article on same interesting: Do Androids Dream of Electric Beats?