The product manager's guide to proactive risk management

How to mitigate risk from building the wrong thing, poor technical planning, and bad process

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Manage risk to make great things

The complete list of product management risks is exhaustive and beyond the scope of this piece. The key takeaway is for product leaders to scan the three risk categories outlined in this paper and establish the minimum set of metrics (and minimum overhead) that will take care of the most common issues. Reviewing said metrics during planning sessions may lead the team to abandon some and adopt new ones as the process and collaboration mature. Proactive management of product risks will allow your teams to build useful, usable, maintainable, stable, and predictable products, further sharpening their abilities to respond to market needs.