What to include in the Blackblot PMTK Features Matrix?

Question: "In the Blackblot PMTK Features Matrix, as part of the product planning process, do I list all the product requirements and all the market requirements of the product? If not, how do I decide which requirements to include? Should I only list the product features, but not necessarily the market and product requirements?"

Answer: Product features themselves are actual product characteristics; and the reality between market requirements and technical specifications. This means that product features transpire when both market requirements and product requirements exist.

By following the guidelines and precepts of the Blackblot PMTK Methodology™ you should first list in the Blackblot PMTK Features Matrix all the market requirements and all the product requirements of the product. Product features will be listed next.

The proper sequence of entering data into the Blackblot PMTK Features Matrix is as follows:
  • Step 1 – Product Planner enters all market requirements.
  • Step 2 – Product Architect enters all product requirements.
  • Step 3 – Product Architect lists the resulting product features.
  • Step 4 – Product Planner and Product Architect complete all remaining descriptive columns.

At this point the Blackblot PMTK Features Matrix should be complete and can be used as a very powerful decision support tool to help identify redundant or missing features, build product versions and roadmaps, and analyze and prioritize features. Another important goal is to verify the lack of upward or downward traceability between product requirements and market requirements.