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Review: Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age

Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age
Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age by Roman Pichler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Enjoyable short overview of practices for developing and maintaining product strategies and product roadmaps. The text is written clearly, sparkled with real-world examples, and well organized. Some chapters were a bit long, though.

In practice, I rarely see a product strategy artifact; the product strategy is typically dispersed among the product vision, product roadmap, and release plans. So, it was good to see it treated separately as a first-class artifact for strategic planning. I liked the overall message in the book. I specially liked the emphasis on paper-based simplistic yet helpful templates such as vision board, persona template, GO roadmap template, and the roadmap selection matrix. I would have liked more depth, more pointers, and more discussion about how author’s ideas complement with other techniques such as impact mapping.

I plan to introduce some of the templates in my product and release planning seminars. That alone is a good return on investment, given that it only took me a few hours to read this book. I’d recommend it to Product Managers, Product Owners, agile coaches and Scrum Masters.

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Review: Agile Inception – The Loop Approach

Agile Inception - The Loop Approach
Agile Inception – The Loop Approach by Bea Düring
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The ideas in this succinct book resonate with me. The proposed approach leverages and combines the power of different techniques like Impact Mapping, Use Cases, User Stories, User Story Mapping, and Business Canvas Model. The content could had been benefit of more careful editing and could had better structured to avoid duplication.

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