Derek Ferguson

Derek Ferguson

Group Manager, Product, GitLab

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Derek Ferguson
Derek Ferguson
GitLab Group Manager, ProductNovember 29
Moving items in priority on the roadmap is going to happen. This is especially true if you are required to have a long-term roadmap. However, even with short-term roadmaps, it will happen. While I don't know the exact reasons why your company requires you to write long docs and create decks to ex......Read More
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Derek Ferguson
Derek Ferguson
GitLab Group Manager, ProductNovember 29
Since this question implies that there is already an existing product and customers that are using it, talk to your customers. Ask them what problems they have. Do research into the market you are in and see where the issues are with competitive products. Do what product managers do best! Underst......Read More
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Derek Ferguson
Derek Ferguson
GitLab Group Manager, ProductNovember 29
I think that the answer to this is: it depends. The specifics of how you go about introducing roadmapping, promote a product-based mindset, and establishing a consistent strategy for educating teams on product practices is going to depend on your organization, your industry, your leadership, and ......Read More
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Derek Ferguson
Derek Ferguson
GitLab Group Manager, ProductNovember 29
At GitLab, we say that everyone can contribute. This is true even when it comes to input into the roadmap. Our product managers know that the best ideas can come from very unexpected places. Anyone can meet with us and give us their opinion or write up an issue and ask us to look over it. As far ......Read More
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Derek Ferguson
Derek Ferguson
GitLab Group Manager, ProductNovember 29
Pivoting a product is typically a very difficult time for everyone involved. I feel for you! Depending on who has these expectations and the reasons why it is difficult to plan too far out (and what "too far out" means to you), there are several things that you can do. Some of them are pre-requis......Read More
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Derek Ferguson
Derek Ferguson
GitLab Group Manager, ProductNovember 29
Personally, I believe in having a very transparent roadmap. Not all companies are going to be able to communicate everything that is on their roadmap for legal and/or regulatory reasons, but, in my opinion, you should try to have as much of it public as possible. The main difference between an in......Read More
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