Key Areas of Focus for PMs

Consider the list below as a starting point to spark inspiration and keep your team focused on delivering its best work:

Team efficiency

  • How are the most important initiatives progressing?
  • Which inefficiencies or blockers need to be addressed?
  • Are we satisfied with team velocity?
  • Are there any capacity issues that need to be resolved?

Product usage

  • What product features are the most and least used?
  • Where are users getting stuck and abandoning our offering?
  • What percentage of trials convert to paid accounts?
  • How many accounts are growing vs. how many are shrinking?

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Why, Who, How and What

If “Why” is the goal you want to achieve along with a value metric to validate the business objective and the “Who” is the actor performing the act, you can identify “How” you can achieve this impact. Once the impact is identified, you can come up with “What” is needed. This is your deliverable. The resulting impact map allows you to compare the various options and measure the outcome.

Each deliverable in turn can be broken down into tangible Product Backlog items, in the form of user stories, for example. Given that the goal, the actor, and the deliverable are established, defining the Product Backlog items is more straightforward.

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“The Profesional Product Owner” – By Don McGreal and Rolph Jocham