Slicing for value: 7 product dimensions

The 7 product dimensions (by Ellen Gottesdiener) help discover product options and create value.

The 7 product dimensions
The 7 product dimensions

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

There exists an INVEST acronym to help 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 seven dimensions and engage stakeholders holistically.

Successful agile teams consider product partners with customers, business owners, and technology.

Statistics show that the end-user does not use 2/3rd of the features delivered: avoid building useless features – therefore, engage with all stakeholders throughout the entire product development lifecycle.

The user never knows what they want until they see 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 to discover and explore within the 7 product dimensions. Visualize the different options for better understanding.
  • Evaluate and assemble options into cohesive user stories
  • Confirm the user stories and provide acceptance criteria