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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