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