Product Management Methodology

A Chiastic Poem in Free Verse

In classical literature, chiasmus was used to impart a sense of order and symmetry to writing.  Ideally, this order was a pleasing reflection of a logical and well-structured concept.  In describing a preferred product management methodology to a colleague I started to see a chiastic structure emerge.

May we impart order and symmetry to our product efforts, and communicate it well and in pleasing ways to our stakeholders...


Product acts as the voice of the customer within the organization

Product interacts with customers to truly understand their problems

Product and the cross-functional team develop business solutions to customer issues

Product works with Project and Engineering to assess the feasibility, cost and timing of potential features

Product spends a limited quantity of engineering ‘currency’ on the most useful portfolio of features

Thorough, concise specifications describe features: we see that they are fulfilled; we test to them; we train to them; we document to them – our specs are agile but concrete

Product is accountable to the Executive team for how they have chosen to spend their engineering capital and budgets

Product works with Project to publish and meet roadmaps and deadlines

Engineering constructs the technical structures needed to implement the business solution as described

Product and the cross-functional team take the solutions to market

Product acts as a solution evangelist to the market


So let it be written; so let it be done.

The Chief Friday 01 February 2013 - 11:54 am | | Analysis