The 7 product dimensions

Slicing for value: 7 product dimensions

The 7 product dimensions (by Ellen Gottesdiener) help to think to discover options of product and to create pieces of values.

The 7 product dimensions

The 7 product dimensions

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You want to make sure your product backlog items (e.g. user stories) are in a “READY to start” state.

There exists an INVEST acronym to help to make sure user stories are well-specified:

  • Independent
  • Negotiable
  • Valuable
  • Estimable
  • Small
  • Testable

You can use the 7 product dimensions to slice for value when creating user stories.

Getting to value is a collaborative work of the product owner and the product development team.

Look holistically at the product requirements across the 7 dimensions, engage stakeholders holistically.

Successful agile teams think as product partners together with the customer, business owners, and technology.

Statistics show that 2/3rd of features delivered are not used by the end-user: avoid building useless features – therefore engage with all stakeholders throughout the full product development lifecycle.

The user never knows what he/she wants until he/she sees a working piece of the product.

How to use the 7 product dimensions?

Facilitate a structured conversation during product backlog refinement

  • Use the 7 product dimensions as a tool to discover and explore within the 7 product dimensions. Visualise the different options for better understanding.
  • Evaluate and assemble options into cohesive user stories
  • Confirm the user stories and provide acceptance criteria