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As product managers and product owners, we make a myriad of decisions — from shaping the product strategy and determining the product roadmap 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 stash helps you make better decisions. It discusses five common decision rules and explains when to apply them.


Decision Time: How Decision Rules Help You Make Better Product Decisions

Decision Time: How Decision Rules Help You Make Better Product Decisions


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If it’s unclear how a decision is made and whose input is required, people will be unsure if a decision has actually been made and if it should be actioned. Some people will start to implement the decision, while others ignore it instead of following it through.

If you want people to move ...

Types Of Decision Rules: Decision By Consensus

Deciding by consensus means that everyone required to make the decisions agrees with the proposed solution or idea. A consensus-based decision creates strong buy-in and shared ownership, and it leverages the collective creativity and knowledge of the people present — everybody involved contribute...

Watch out that a consensus-based approach does not degenerate into a decision by committee where people agree on the smallest common denominator and broker a weak compromise. This is unlikely to result in a sustainable agreement and translate into a successful product.

As the saying goes, ...

This decision rule requires you to discuss an idea or solution with the right people and poll them for their opinions as well as any data that backs them up. Once enough discussion has taken place or the time is up, you decide. A good example would be deciding how to evolve the product backlog. Y...

Delegate a decision if others are better qualified to decide or if your input is not needed. As the person in charge of the product, you would typically expect that the development team takes care of all technical decisions. But you might also delegate decisions about how to refine some of the us...

A majority vote means that most of the people required to decide agree with the proposed solution or idea. Applying this rule is simple and comparatively fast. But it creates a win-lose situation that can leave the One should use this rule for product decisions only if the stakes are not high. As...

As the person in charge of the product, you don’t have to involve others in all your decisions, of course: There are lots of low-impact decisions that you can and should make on your own.

This decision rule will only help you if you have the right knowledge to make the decision and you don’...

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