Product Planner Vs. Product Architect

Question: "We are back from the training and I need a tool or table to quickly explain to a work peer the key differences between a Product Planner and a Product Architect. Can you help?"

Answer: The following table summarizes the key differences between a Product Planner and a Product Architect.

### Product Planner Product Architect
Space Problem Space Solution Space
Role Identify, articulate, and document the market problem Devise a functional solution to the market problem
Deliverable Market Requirements Document (MRD) Product Requirements Document (PRD)
Orientation Strategic Tactical
Technical Acumen Unnecessary Imperative
Expertise Market Expert Product Expert
Characterization Problem-teller Problem-solver
Common Alias Product Manager Requirements Manager


For more information, please see the Blackblot Product Definition Team Model, the "Product Definition Team" chapter in the "Product Manager's Toolkit" book, and download the evaluation copy of the PMTK Role Descriptions template.

Blackblot Product Definition Team Model