Product managers face many challenges in their daily responsibilities. These responsibilities include coordinating with managing the people involved in the production process, from design to manufacturing to distribution.
In the Spring of 2022, we surveyed a group of product manufacturers across the United States to learn more about how companies implement their product strategies, gauge their satisfaction with their methods, and learn more about which tools they use.
Having roadmaps for your product portfolio helps your product managers focus on the bigger strategic goals of your company, but what about the rest of your teams? Are they aware of the goals for the quarter, the year, or five years?
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How to communicate product roadmaps across teams and departments with agility and clarity.
Product roadmaps are not a new idea, but how we develop, follow, and manage roadmaps is changing. Every company needs to have sleek, powerful software that allows agility, oversight, and transparency for product management to stay competitive.
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As product managers, you know that a meaningful product strategy and roadmap are more than just timelines. To control the product's destiny, many people have to come together to make adjustments along the way. Some decisions may result in compromises such as delayed launch, change in scope, or cost. Adjustments must then be made to align with business and customer expectations. These decisions require cross-functional team collaboration and a space that can provide them with the information they need to discuss and make an informed decision in the shortest time possible.
Seeing a product hit the market and into customers' hands is the most rewarding part of being a product manager. Knowing that your oversight, keen decision-making, and complex work result in products that improve people's lives makes the heavy workloads and stressful weeks worthwhile.