Product People's Role in Expanding Product with User-Driven Product Discovery

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The Client: Retail Management System

Our client provides a smart system for efficiently managing both scheduled appointments and walk-in customers via a digital real-time queue solution.

In seeking to broaden their product range, they aimed to seamlessly integrate a booking platform with their existing digital queue system. The team consisted of skilled individuals, yet encountered hurdles in expanding their product line due to the absence of a dedicated Product Manager.

Our assistance became pivotal as the PM role remained unfilled, causing delays in product development. Our objective was to provide strategic direction for the company’s product expansion. The champion at our client entrusted us with identifying the Minimum Viable Product (MVP), overseeing the development process, and ensuring alignment with user preferences, market demands, and operational efficiency.

Our Main Quest: Discovering MVP

Our focal point was launching a robust Minimum Viable Product (MVP) - a new booking platform tailored for retail employees to manage their schedules and appointments with customers efficiently. This platform was designed to seamlessly integrate with their existing digital queue system, which notifies retail customers when it's their turn in-store.

The challenge lay in delineating an MVP that struck a balance between innovation, functionality, and market resonance.

To achieve this, we undertook extensive market research and engaged in stakeholder interviews to define the MVP's scope, guaranteeing it addressed the requirements of both the company and its clientele.

Furthermore, we crafted a strategic roadmap for the MVP, pinpointing essential features and functionalities. Collaborating closely with cross-functional teams, we streamlined development processes to maintain synchronization with the project timeline.

One of our pivotal initial tasks involved conducting thorough user interviews with the employees of one of the company’s largest clients. Understanding the significance of grasping user needs and experiences, we embarked on an exhaustive interview process to glean insights directly from end users. This client, renowned for its expansive network of retail stores, had been utilizing an alternative product for its operations. We aimed to delve deeply into their usage patterns, unearth pain points, and discern their expectations, thereby ensuring a seamless transition to LineTweet's new product.

Key Activities and Insights from the User Interviews

  • Understanding Usage
  • Identifying Pain Points
  • Gathering Wishes and Expectations
  • Evaluating Satisfaction Levels:

Outcomes of the User Interviews:

The insights gathered from the user interviews were instrumental in shaping the MVP's development.

  1. Comprehensive User Insights: Through these interviews, we gained a deep understanding of how the company’s largest client's employees used the current system, identifying both their struggles and satisfactions. This gave us a clear picture of what functionalities were essential for their daily operations.
  2. Feature Prioritization: The insights allowed us to categorize the features into three distinct priorities: 'must-have in MVP' for critical functionalities that were non-negotiable for launch, 'nice-to-have/stretch goal for MVP' for features that could enhance the initial offering without derailing the launch timeline, and 'future iterations' for functionalities that could be developed post-launch to continue adding value.

Outcomes and Implementation

  1. Product Requirements Document (PRD): Armed with these prioritized insights, we crafted a comprehensive PRD that detailed the specifications and requirements of the MVP. This document served as a blueprint for the development team, ensuring that all efforts were aligned with user needs and expectations.
  2. Collaborating closely with the product designer: Utilized insights gathered from user interviews to improve the UI and UX of their products, ensuring they were tailored to user preferences and needs.
  3. Roadmap Development: Alongside the PRD, we developed a product roadmap that outlined the timeline and phases for the MVP development and future feature releases. This roadmap was instrumental in setting realistic expectations for stakeholders and providing a clear vision for the product's evolution.
Roadmap for the client

Overall, the outcome of the user interviews was instrumental in guiding the development of the new product. By understanding the full spectrum of user needs and meticulously sorting features according to their priority, we ensured that the MVP would not only meet the immediate needs of the client's employees but also lay a solid foundation for future enhancements. This user-centric approach in defining the MVP and subsequent iterations underscored our commitment to delivering a product that was both viable in the short term and scalable in the long term.

Mini Missions: Side Quests

  1. Introducing Agile methodologies to boost team efficiency and adaptability involved restructuring workflows to accommodate iterative development cycles and regular feedback loops.
  2. Offering training and guidance on top-tier practices in product management to empower team members with vital skills in user-centric design, prioritization, and roadmap planning. We emphasized the importance of A/B testing to validate hypotheses and make data-driven decisions, particularly advising on when to conduct tests and when not to, ensuring efficient resource allocation and effective decision-making.
  3. Additionally, we conducted a thorough competitive analysis and benchmarked our client’s products, providing invaluable insights for product enhancement.
Competitor Analysis

Mission Achievements: Delivered Outcomes

💡 Successfully initiating the development of a comprehensive and market-aligned MVP was achieved through meticulous planning, stakeholder engagement, and adherence to a strict deadline set by one of the customers. This initiative, supported by thorough market research and product management expertise, provided a solid foundation for further product development and expansion.
💡 Establishing a framework for continuous product development and expansion involved implementing agile methodologies and fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation. Despite tight deadlines imposed by customers, we managed the development process effectively, ensuring the product suite remained adaptable and competitive in the market.

In the Client's Own Words

Space Crew of this Mission

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.