How to Conduct a Product Opportunity Assessment

Opportunity

Product teams exist to assess opportunity and capitalize.

Product managers are tasked with finding market problems that are pervasive within a certain target market, and that people are willing to pay to remedy.  Then, once found, to guide the development of a profitable solution to those problems.

Market problems can be solved with new service offerings; new features; new partnerships; or new products.  Given limited resources, however, product teams can’t pursue every opportunity.  They must prioritize.

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Product Vision 2014: The Internet of Things

Internet of Things

What’s your product vision?

As a product leader, you already know that the most powerful way to align the independent teams you need — user experienceproduct marketingsales, executives, etc. — without any authority is a compelling product vision.

Adam Nash refers to a strong product leader as a force multiplier.  People respond if you paint an image of a place worth going, and a credible plan (your product roadmap) for getting there.  

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Handling the Avalanche of Feature Requests

Avalanche

Have a product in customers’ hands?

Get ready for an unending river of feature requests!  A common problem among product management professionals is how to handle requests from clients and prospects in various market segments, along with strategic initiatives.  “They’re all good ideas!” Handling feature requests combines several distinct problems:

  • Tracking requests, usually including the submitting party and the date.
  • Identifying the underlying problem.
  • Prioritizing the changes to the product.

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