I’ve spent countless hours in front of a computer trying to define a new software product with business and technology leaders. Without a doubt, we always end up on a whiteboard trying to answer basic questions: what are we trying to accomplish with our new product? who is it for? what are we not focusing on? how much money is this going to make?
In the digital age, there is still a need for putting a pen to paper. Whiteboards just don’t have the templates product managers need.
That is why I created handreqs – templates for hand-written product requirements.
These templates are designed for the non-technical and technical alike. Over time, everyone will end up interacting with technology organizations to build new products.
These templates empower anyone to go from “wouldn’t it be cool if…” to a clearly defined technology product idea.
Start with the basics. What are you really trying to accomplish? Who are you doing it for? Don’t get ahead of yourself.
Use this template to discreetly define exactly who you are targeting, what value you will give them and how you are different than alternatives.
Every product should have its minimally viable features. As a product grows, it should optimize how it delivers through the basic features. Then, it should have features that truly set it apart from the competition.
Define the exact features you will have in your new product. What is included? And don’t forget what is not included.
Products must deliver value to both customers and the organization. People spend their resources building new things. What exactly will the product deliver back to the organization?
How will users interact with your product? What do you want them to do from start to finish? Find the happy path – the path of least resistance.
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