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On Reqs and Specs: The Roles and Behaviors for Effective Product Definition

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Product managers write terrible requirements, littered with buzz words, ambivalent language, and non-specific performance parameters. They read like somewhat-technical marketing hype. And developers have to make sense of the requirements. They complain, “I cannot program to these requirements.” And theyre right.

via On Reqs and Specs: The Roles and Behaviors for Effective Product Definition.

One of our most popular articles, John & I explore the difference between reqs and specs, and why most teams need a designer.

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  • Pragmatic Institute is the transformational partner for today’s businesses, providing immediate impact through actionable and practical training for product, design and data teams. Our courses are taught by industry experts with decades of hands-on experience, and include a complete ecosystem of training, resources and community. This focus on dynamic instruction and continued learning has delivered impactful education to over 200,000 alumni worldwide over the last 30 years.

  • John Milburn is CEO of Practical Growth Strategies LLC, where he and his team help companies to apply and implement market-driven principles. Prior to this, he was an instructor at Pragmatic Institute and has held executive and individual contributor roles in development, sales, and product management from startups to Fortune 100 companies.

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