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Rising Star: In Defense of Product Documentation

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June 2, 2015 2:25 PM

Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, NV

When I started my career in product management, the term hadn’t made it to the mainstream tech glossary. That was a decade ago. Since then both the vocabulary and the paradigms of building products have shifted and will continue to do so. Product Managers would be remiss if they still labor on specifications that make the author and readers want to die! And yet, we need to hold the burn notice on product managers who still believe in the power of documentation. Surely they too got the memo that outlined the Agile Manifesto, announcing that we must value “working software over comprehensive documentation.” On occasions, however, written artifacts – that don’t fit on the back of an envelope – are needed to deliver working software. In this session we’ll walk through a framework that helps a team arrive at the decision to create or to skip them. More important, we’ll look at updates to the traditional output so it matches the personality of my incredibly creative and sharp product peers who craft them.

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