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Feature Friday: Empower your Team with Product Ownership

April 25, 2019

Roadmap Management

Having multiple initiatives going at the same time can be overwhelming for any team. Multiply this across several products, and it can be easy to lose focus quickly. To avoid this, you can introduce some product ownership to your team.

Assigning a Product Manager to a card means one person will take ownership of leading the product. This will enable the rest of your team to keep the focus on the work at hand.

To increase transparency, we have introduced Product Managers and Roadmap Card Owners. These new assignments let the company know who is accountable for moving things along and who to ask questions to.

Product Managers add a level of selective functionality access within the application. You can assign the Product Manager status to any admin or editor within the app. Therefore, the user will have exclusive access to make changes to the product and roadmap, deciding how and when the Roadmap is edited and managed.

Roadmap Card Owners allow you to highlight who is responsible for a particular initiative within the team. By having this level of visibility on who’s leading an initiative, it can enable you to work better as a team and move things forward quicker!

Ownership within products adds a level granularity without overwhelming the roadmap and the work getting done.

How to assign a Product Owner

Assigning a Product Manager

When creating a new product, on the attributes panel you will be asked to select Product Managers. A list of existing admins and editors will be available.

The attributes panel with multiple product managers.

Once assigned, the users will appear as part of the product and within the Product Canvas.

Assigning a Roadmap Card Owner

To add owners to a roadmap card, click on the card to prompt the slide out.
Under the owner icon, select the users leading the initiative.

Selected and non-selected users from a drop down on the card.

Once the user is selected and the attributes saved, you will find the selected user’s profile picture at the bottom left corner of the card.

Selected user's profile in a circle at the bottom left corner of the card.

Voila! Now your team knows who will be leading the charge and who will be needed to get on with things to take your product forward.

Andrea is a Product Support and Management expert, technical writer, and social network monkey. An undercover geek with a passion for music, animals, and avid unicorn rights activist, she's always up for a challenge.

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