3 Critical Steps to Crafting a Strong Product Goal. Step 2

Hey there, fellow product enthusiasts! Crafting a solid product goal can be as thrilling as navigating a treasure map. In this article, I’ll share the second critical step that’s often overlooked but is an absolute game-changer in your product development journey. 

Step 2: Know Your Stakeholders Inside Out 

Picture this: you’re on a quest for treasure, but you have a diverse crew of treasure hunters with unique skills and expectations. That’s the essence of knowing your Stakeholders! In our product adventure, Stakeholders are the compass that guides us to success.

Let me break down why understanding your Stakeholders is so crucial: 

  1. Ensuring Stakeholder Happiness

Imagine sailing the high seas without a map; that’s what it’s like not knowing your Stakeholders. At the end of the day, your product goal is to make them happy. Whether they’re customers, influencers, or behind-the-scenes contributors, their satisfaction is your North Star. 

  1. Recognizing Different Stakeholder Types

Stakeholders aren’t a one-size-fits-all deal. They come in various forms, each with their own set of expectations and contributions. However, users are at the heart of it all, but influencers and other behind-the-scenes heroes also play crucial roles in your product’s success. 

  1. Navigating Governance and Laws

Just like avoiding treacherous waters, understanding the governance and laws relevant to your product is vital. It’s like knowing the rules of the game; you wouldn’t want to be caught off-guard. Compliance and ethics are your anchors in this ever-evolving landscape. 

  1. Contextualizing Your Product Goal

So, when engaging with Stakeholders, all this knowledge forms the backdrop to your product goal. It’s like setting the stage for a grand performance. You must know who’s watching and why. 

  1. Keep Your Stakeholders in Mind

Think of your Stakeholders as companions on your quest. List them down, visualize their roles, and keep them in mind as you navigate the product development landscape. They’re your allies, so don’t forget them! 

  1. Tailor Your Engagement

 Just as you wouldn’t approach a pirate like you would a diplomat, engaging with Stakeholders requires finesse. Knowing why you’re engaging and what you aim to achieve is as vital as the quest itself. Different stakeholders require different approaches. 

 In conclusion, knowing your Stakeholders is like having a trusty map in the world of product development. It keeps you on the right course, helps you avoid dangerous waters, and ultimately leads you to treasure—happy and satisfied Stakeholders. 

If you are interested in learning more about how to be an impactful Product Owner and engage more effectively with your Stakeholders, get in touch with Ralph today! 

About Effective Agile

Ralph Jocham is a Change Agent in Scrum // Agile // Coaching // Evidence Based Management and also a Professional Scrum Trainer based in Europe.

As one of the first Professional Scrum Trainers in the world, Ralph has worked directly with cocreator of #scrum, Ken Schwaber, and has played an integral part in the course development of the #PSPO (Professional Scrum Product Owner) as well as the delivery of all #scrum.org certified courses.

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