Product People Elevated MedApps Company’s Data Product by Streamlining the Complex Development Process

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The Client: MedApps Company

Our client, a Munich-based leader in digital health, specializes in creating innovative digital patient companions for complex, chronic conditions. With a strong focus on patient-centered healthcare, the company offers a data platform that combines various data sources to provide insights into patient journeys. They stand out for their ability to produce real-world data, contributing to a comprehensive understanding of patient needs and valuable insights for Pharmaceutical company clients.

Our Main Quest: Optimizing the delivery of Pharma Data Insights Monitors

Launch: Onboarded Very Fast

Upon joining our client, we quickly assimilated into the existing product development framework. We provided direction and structure to multiple teams from sales, and data, to tech teams, identifying and assigning responsibilities that aligned with our product goals. This rapid onboarding was key to gaining trust and driving immediate impact.

First Deliverables and Results:

  • Developed a clear and actionable process map for cross-functional teams, with explicit Definition of Done documented to enable streamlined collaboration between multiple teams and stakeholders.
  • Implemented 3 Amigos and Sales-Product alignment meetings to enhance transparency in communication clarity in requirements, leading to an increase in efficiency and product quality.

It was crucial to understand and address the needs of their B2B Pharma clients, who use the Data platform to gain insights into various aspects of patient journeys and the disease. With the user-centric approach, we worked closely with teams in engineering, data science, design, marketing, sales, and other stakeholders to create innovative and scalable data products.

Our focus was on conducting technical feasibility experiments and carefully balancing the trade-offs between scope, quality, and speed to manage feasibility risks. While conducting careful assessment, communicated effectively with senior leadership and cross-functional teams on product plans, progress, challenges, and outcomes.

Explore and Conquer: Solutions for the Complex Processes of Data Platform Development

We tackled various challenges head-on, managing ambiguity and setting up robust processes for continuous improvement.

Source: Google Developers Codelabs

Managing the Ambiguity

The team was suffering from ambiguity, especially with the heavy dependency on third-party data providers. While we could effectively plan and execute the development work of the dashboards on our side, the MedApps Company was relying on third-party data providers for the source data that are used in the widgets. The providers’ frequent failure to meet the source data delivery deadlines, and the sub-standard data quality which required time-consuming reiterations, endangered our delivery commitment to the clients.

To mitigate this risk, we implemented ‘buffers’ in our roadmap for data deliveries to manage expectations. In addition, we came up with a development method using mock data. Before, the development team had to be blocked if the data wasn’t delivered and ingested first. We transformed the process by creating simple dummy data that have similar structures to the data we requested. By developing the dashboards with these mock data, we could continue the development process regardless of the data delivery delays - and whenever the data is delivered, it could be ingested into the dashboard already being developed, with relatively minor post-ingestion adjustments.

Scalable Product Support

The existing product infrastructure at our client was highly customized for each client, which posed challenges in scalability and adaptability. To address this, we aided in transitioning the product to a new, more scalable architecture.

This shift facilitated the reuse of many components across clients, significantly enhancing the team's ability to handle increasing data volumes and diverse customer requirements more efficiently.

Source: Google Developers Codelabs

Mission Achievements: Delivered Outcomes

💡 Transformed the processes of data product development for high efficiency.
💡 Improved transparency through effective communication and close collaboration between diverse teams and stakeholders.
💡 Support migration to a new tech stack to enhance product scalability.

The client was so satisfied with Product People’s performance that the mission was extended beyond the initial contract.

In the Client's Own Words

Space Crew of this Mission

Senior Product Management Consultant
Associate Management Consultant
VP/Director/Head of Product

For Clients: When to Hire Us

You can hire us as an Interim/Freelance Product Manager or Product Owner

It takes, on average, three to nine months to find the right Product Manager to hire as a full-time employee. In the meantime, someone needs to fill in the void: drive cross-functional initiatives, decide what is worth building, and help the development team deliver the best outcomes.
If you're looking for a great Product Manager / Product Owner to join your team ASAP, Product People is a good plug-and-play solution to bridge the gap.