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How to Manage Product Team Growth Effectively: 10 Smart Tips

When there are too many people in your product team, it is problematic to monitor progress. The involvement of various functionalities over a significant period of time needs upgrades and modification as you go. In his blog, Roman Pichler shares 10 tips to help you manage a product team effectively.

Things to Remember While Managing a Product Team

To help a product team grow, encourage new skills development and involve team members in brainstorming activities. Following are the 10 smart tips to manage the growth curve of your product team:

Select the Relevant Talents: A newly formed product team with relevant talents and enthusiasm is more efficient than a team burdened with conflicting ideas. You can progress smoothly and stay flexible.

Scale When Needed: Progress by including end user feedback or client requirements. It becomes easier to make changes and incorporate new ideas in small batches.

Create an MVP: To develop a minimum viable product (MVP), you need to involve fewer people, time, and budget. You can make changes as per the market demands.

Enable Ownership: Allow the product team to improve their ownership and decision-making abilities. Expose them to user research and feedback.

Grow the Team as Per Requirement: Initiate the product team with a product team member, a developer, and a Scrum Master. Split them functionally as you add more resources to each. This controls the growth of all units.

Work with the Feature Team: Feature teams deal with end-to-end functionality and work independently the majority of the time. Ensure that you share the same UI design and code writing ethics before involving them. A product person can work with three agile development teams only. So, assign a team member exclusively as a feature owner that would coordinate with the feature teams.

Start with One Team First: If it is possible, gather the product team in one location. If you have talents supporting the team from all over the world, start with the co-located team members. Establish some shared ground rules, understand individual work style, and build a bond. Then distribute work in other teams and build rapport with other team members.

Focus on Feature Unbundling and Product Variants: When you unbundle features, you have a dedicated product team member and developer looking after it. Product variants help to cater to requirements of a specific user base.

Use a Shared Platform: Using the same platform allows reuse and establishes standards. Either ask the feature teams to be responsible for shared responsibility or assign a platform owner to handle it.

Don’t Keep Things for the Later: Instead of adding new resources to a team, consider dropping a feature or two or postponing the release date.

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