The Product Tree is a visual tool that brings gamification to product management — but it’s far from just a fun tool to use. The branches of the Product Tree represent the product’s primary functionalities, the roots become the requirements necessary to support those branches, and the leaves stand in for ideas for new features.
Mapping development in this way helps teams to prioritize and work more collaboratively toward a successful end product.
Before playing ‘Prune the Product Tree’, you’ll need to print a Product Tree template. You will also need to gather Post-It notes, sharpies, and all members of your product team.
Next, Product Managers ask team members to write their ideas on a Post-It note (AKA “a leaf”) and stick them onto the tree. Soon, branches should be covered with leaves as the tree blossoms with ideas.
Then, move leaves from one area to another, or take them off entirely. The ideas you place closest to the tree trunk are the ones to concentrate on in the near future. Those closer to the top should represent long-term growth.
One of the Product Tree’s core advantages is that all team members have an equal opportunity to highlight those features they consider essential to a product’s success.
Other benefits include:
Feature requests can be prioritized easily
Product teams can pinpoint requirements that may have been unknown previously
Companies can create higher-quality products
Input from customers and stakeholders can be managed more effectively