prune-the-product-tree-webprune-the-product-tree-web

Prune the Product Tree Template

Organize and prioritize product feature requests from customers and internal stakeholders.

About the Prune the Product Tree Template

Prune the Product Tree (also known as the product tree game or the product tree prioritization framework) is a visual tool that helps product managers organize and prioritize product feature requests. The tree represents a product roadmap and helps your team think about how to grow and shape your product or service. 

Keep reading to learn more about Prune the Product Tree.

What is Prune the Product Tree

Prune the Product Tree helps product management teams gamify the juggling of feedback and opinions from customers and internal stakeholders. 

A product tree usually has four symbolic features: 

  • Trunk: Existing product features your team is currently building 

  • Branches: Each branch represents primary product or system functions (you can also leave room for more branches to “grow”)

  • Roots: Technical requirements or infrastructure that make your listed features possible

  • Leaves: Each leaf represents a new idea for a product feature

You can also adapt the image as needed to suit your team discussions and business priorities. For example, apples hanging off a tree can represent a return on investment, and seed baskets under the tree can symbolize deprioritized ideas. 

When to use Prune the Product Tree

Prune the Product Tree can help busy product managers narrow down feature request lists for Agile sprints or product roadmaps. 

You can use prioritization frameworks like Prune the Product Tree to shift the focus from quantitative (number-based) metrics to qualitative metrics. As a product manager, you can guide your team directly back to customer feedback and product strategy. 

Product managers can also use this game to clarify how many team members, stakeholders, and customers should influence the product team’s next projects. 

Create your own version of Prune the Product Tree

Making your own versions of Prune the Product Tree is easy. Miro’s whiteboard tool is the perfect canvas to create and share them. Get started by selecting the Prune the Product Tree Template, then take the following steps to make one.

  1. Frame the activity for teams new to the game. For anyone who needs context, spend a few minutes guiding everyone through the exercise. The features found closest to the tree trunk represent near-term priorities. Features on the branches’ outer arms represent long-term future plans. The challenge is to prioritize near-term, current, and future product plans. 

  2. Grow each part of the tree to prioritize feature requests. You can cluster groups of features (drafted on sticky notes) around labeled branches or sub-branches (with text boxes). Avoid turning this into an idea generation activity. You want your team to focus on what features are both feasible and desirable. 

  3. Discuss each part of the tree as a group. When the tree is full of sticky note “leaves,” you can ask questions to kickstart a productive conversation. Ask each other if anyone thinks branches are too heavy. You can also ask if any feature categories are unexpected, if any feature requirements need more user research, or if the tree roots have the necessary infrastructure to make features viable. Consider dot voting with Miro’s Voting Plugin to figure out what features should be further explored. 

  4. Turn the prioritization outcomes into a product roadmap. Prune the Product Tree works as a standalone activity. You can also translate your findings into a product roadmap to shape new features you’ll focus on first from quarter to quarter. 

Prune the Product Tree Template

Get started with this template right now. It’s free

Related Templates
screen-flow-thumb-webscreen-flow-thumb-web
PreviewMore info

Screen Flow

A screen flow (or wireflow) brings together a multi-screen layout that combines wireframes with flowcharts. The result is an end-to-end flow that maps out what users see on each screen and how it impacts their decision-making process through your product or service. By thinking visually about what your customers are looking at, you can communicate with internal teams, stakeholders, and clients about the decisions you’ve made. You can also use a screen flow to find new opportunities to make the user experience frictionless and free of frustration from start to end.

Screen Flow
Brainwriting ThumbnailBrainwriting Thumbnail
PreviewMore info

Brainwriting

Brainstorming is such a big part of ideation. But not everyone does their best work out loud and on the spot, yelling out thoughts and building on others’ ideas. Brainwriting is a brilliant solution for them—creative thinkers who happen to be more introverted. This approach and template invites participants to reflect quietly and write out their ideas, and then pass them to someone else who will read the idea and add to it. So you’ll get creative ideas from everyone—not just the loudest few.

Brainwriting
RICE ThumbnailRICE Thumbnail
PreviewMore info

RICE Prioritization

When developing a product roadmap, it can be easy to get lost in the weeds. RICE, which stands for Reach, Impact, Confidence, and Effort, helps you evaluate and prioritize ideas. Brainstorming new ways to delight your customers can be rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming. You and your team might be tempted to dive into the most exciting ideas first, without taking into account the potential lift. The RICE framework allows your team to carefully consider each potential project and assess its feasibility.

RICE Prioritization
crazy-eights-thumb-webcrazy-eights-thumb-web
PreviewMore info

Crazy Eights

Sometimes you just need to get the team’s creative juices flowing for a brainstorm—and get them thinking of as many ideas as they can, as fast as they can. Crazy Eights will do it in a hurry. Favoring quantity over quality, this sketch brainstorming exercise challenges them to come up with eight ideas in eight minutes, which leaves no time to second guess ideas. It’s perfect for early stages of development, and it’s a team favorite for being fast paced and fun.

Crazy Eights
newsletter-thumb-webnewsletter-thumb-web
PreviewMore info

Newsletter

Whatever kind of business you are or product you create, it’s a smart idea to keep in touch with your current and potential customers and keep them up to speed — by spreading news, promoting events, and sharing custom content. Newsletters give you an effective way to do it. And this template is a fast, easy way to get started. Just choose the content you want to highlight, write the copy, and add any pictures or images you want to include. Then write your subject line and click send.

Newsletter
Online Sketching ThumbnailOnline Sketching Thumbnail
PreviewMore info

Online Sketching

Before you go full steam ahead with a promising idea, look at it from a high level — to know how it functions and how well it meets your goals. That’s what sketches do. This template gives you a powerful remote collaboration tool for the initial stages of prototyping, whether you’re sketching out web pages and mobile apps, designing logos, or planning events. Then you can easily share your sketch with your team, and save each stage of your sketch before changing it and building on it.

Online Sketching