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Products, Portfolios, & P-Teams, Oh My!

Products, Portfolios, & P-Teams, Oh My!

How do we lead product teams and grow them to be successful?

C. Todd Lombardo

May 22, 2019
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  1. C. TODD
    LOMBARDO
    @iamctodd

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  2. PRODUCTS,
    PORTFOLIOS, &
    P-TEAMS, OH MY!
    How did we get here?
    C Todd Lombardo – VP of Product @ MachineMetrics, Co-Author Roadmaps Relaunched — @iamctodd — [email protected]

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  3. SOURCE: ICSE 2017

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  4. Software Development “Lean” Software
    Development
    Toyota Lean
    ProductionSystem
    Building the wrong feature or product Extra features Overproduction
    Mismanaging the backlog Partially done work Inventory
    Rework Defects Defects
    Unnecessarily complex solutions Not described Value
    Extraneous cognitive load Not described
    Psychological distress Not described
    Waiting &
    Multitasking
    Delays
    Task switching
    Waiting
    Movement (of people)
    Knowledge loss Relearning Extra Processing
    Ineffective communication Not described Not described
    Not observed Handoffs Transport (of goods)

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  5. HOW WE MANAGE &
    MAKE PRODUCTS
    A super short history

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  6. “Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all
    production; and the interest of the producer
    ought to be attended to, only so far as it may be
    necessary for promoting that of the consumer.
    Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations (1776)

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  7. HOW CAN WE
    MORE PREDICTABLY
    MAKE PRODUCT?

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  8. SOURCE: GANTTCHARTS.COM

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  9. HOW CAN WE
    MANAGE WASTE?

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  10. SOURCE: TOYOTA-PRODUCTION.CO

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  11. HOW DO WE LEAD
    WHEN THE PLAN
    CHANGES?

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  12. AGILEMANIFESTO.ORG

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  13. WHERE DOES IT SAY
    WE HAVE TO HAVE A
    STANDUP EVERY DAY?

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  14. AGILEMANIFESTO.ORG

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  15. SOURCE: ICSE 2017

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  16. MANAGING TENSIONS

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  17. USER NEEDS ——— BUSINESS GOALS
    SHIP ONE ————— BUILD MANY
    WAITING —— CONTEXT SWITCHING

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  18. TEAM DOES IT ———— YOU DO IT
    ON ROADMAP —— NEW REQUEST

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  19. WHAT BENEFITS DO YOU GET FROM USING A ROADMAP?
    Communicating what’s next
    Obtaining Alignment
    Prioritization
    Communicating Vision

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  20. HOW DO YOU UPDATE YOUR ROADMAPS?
    Monthly
    Quarterly
    Weekly
    Ad-Hoc

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  21. WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU FACE WITH ROADMAPS?

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  22. MY FIRST PORTFOLIO
    ROADMAP
    (Spoiler: It was a Gantt Chart and it sucked)

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  23. THE DEVIL IN THE DETAILS: MS PROJECT EXPORT

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  24. OTHER EXAMPLES

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  25. Source: ProdPad

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  26. Source: ProdPad

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  27. COMPANY
    VISION
    THEME
    OBJECTIVE
    OBJECTIVE
    OBJECTIVE
    THEME
    EXPERIMENT
    FEATURE
    FEATURE
    FEATURE
    FEATURE
    FEATURE
    THEME
    THEME
    THEME
    THEME
    EXPERIMENT
    EXPERIMENT
    EXPERIMENT
    EXPERIMENT
    EXPERIMENT
    FEATURE
    FEATURE
    inspired by: Teresa Torres
    EXPERIMENT
    FEATURE
    ROADMAP
    VISION
    PRODUCT A
    PRODUCT B
    VISION

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  28. ROADMAPS HELP,
    BUT HOW ALIGNED
    ARE YOUR TEAMS?
    Are you all working towards a shared
    vision or shared outcomes?

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  29. about.gitlab.com/direction/

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  30. P-TEAMS
    The “P” ain’t for Product

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  31. MANAGER
    VS
    LEADER
    VS
    COACH

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  32. MANAGER — “GO!”
    LEADER — “LET’S GO!”
    COACH — “WHERE TO GO?”

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  33. YOU
    TEAM
    PROBLEM
    W
    e focus here
    We should coach here

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  34. P — PURPOSE
    T — TRIBE
    E — ENVIRONMENT
    A — AUTONOMY
    M — MASTERY

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  35. WHAT WAS
    MOST USEFUL
    FOR YOU?
    Vielen Dank!
    C. Todd Lombardo
    [email protected]
    @iamctodd

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