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People with a different skill set may view a challenge from a new angle and offer solutions you might never have considered.

While few people want to attend a meeting they are not directly involved in, there is value in all groups hearing the same information.

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Making a case for the necessity of a formal product team.

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Creating winning products

The key to a successful product is a cross-functional team that supports every aspect of the Complete Product Experience (CPE). They understand their role in making the product successful and work towards fulfilling that role.

However, many companies do not understand the concept of a formal product team. Each group operates in a bubble. It may cause multiple difficulties such as:

  • Duplicate processes and tasks.
  • Teams are unwilling to accept others' solutions.
  • Not thinking how one action impacts the whole.
  • Tasks take forever.

This could lead to a product no one really wants.

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Product teams are organised around a specific customer need or value, not individual projects.

When problems arise, you can refocus people to the common objective and away from competing interests.

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Delays are caused when people are unclear on what is a priority. Value for the company and customers come when you are able to prioritise what is most important.

Product team members become ambassadors of strategy and champion alignment in their functional groups and together.

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Breakthrough ideas seldom come from individuals.

Bringing together a different and diverse group of people from multiple disciplines can lead to creative solutions.

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Teams in an organisation have different priorities, causing multiple efforts to happen in parallel.

However, product teams share a purpose, making it easier to resolve bottlenecks or pivot.

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In the world of software as a service (SaaS), the distance between the Product team and the Customer Success team may appear to stem from competing priorities.

However, a close-up look reveals that the interests of the two teams are very similar.

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Product and CS often fail to work together because of three key issues.

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Businesses often overcomplicate their product strategy and end up navigating through a maze of competing objectives and needless requirements.

Product managers in any industry can implement a simple and adaptable framework to streamline their product process.

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A simple but effective product strategy framework that consists of three key elements.

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... that's capable of executing in a remote setup:

  • Hire doers: they will get stuff done even if they are working from a secluded island.
  • Hire people you can trust. And trust the people you hire;
  • Hire people who cand write: communication is one of the most important parts of a remote team - good writers are critical to a team's success.
  • Hire people who are ok without a social workplace.

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