In this ProductTank San Francisco talk, I describe the complexities of managing an Internet of Things (IoT) product, and walk you through my IoT Decision Framework.
The IoT Decision Framework provides a structured way to organize your product strategy, identify gaps, and build your IoT roadmap.
In this talk, I explain why one of the greatest challenges of managing an IoT solution is that there are five layers of the IoT product stack, and decisions need to be made at each layer. These five layers are:
- Embedded software
- Cloud platform
To help Product Managers tackle this complexity, the IoT Decision Framework includes a canvas for each layer of the stack. Each canvas includes the following 6 Decision Areas:
- Standards & Regulations
Through the Framework, I highlight the challenges and opportunities at each layer from a Product Management perspective. I also emphasize that the decisions you make within each layer and within each Decision Area will affect the decisions you need to make in other layers and Decision Areas. Most likely, you’ll need to iterate several times across all layers of the stack and all Decision Areas before you reach a solution that makes sense and is consistent.
The Bottom Line
- In this talk, I cover an introduction to Product Management for the Internet of things and the IoT Decision Framework.
- IoT Product Management is complex because decisions need to be made at each of the five layers of the IoT product stack.
- The IoT Decision Framework can help manage this complexity, by prompting and organizing the decisions that need to be made within each layer.
- Product Managers should work collaboratively with other departments to use the Framework, and should iterate several times across all layers of the stack until a consistent solution is reached.