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Prune The Product Tree Template

Organize feature requests on a digital tree to visualize when to start further growing and shaping your service or product.

Prune The Product Tree Template

What is the Prune The Product Tree template?

Prioritize and organize feature requests on a ready-made Prune The Product Tree template (also known as the Product Tree Prioritization Framework or the Product Tree Game) created by Luke Hohmann. Use the digital tree to represent your product roadmap or timeline and help your team decide what to work on first and which features to prioritize. Gamify the processes to gather your customers’ and internal stakeholders’ feedback and opinions. 


The Prune The Product Tree template consists of the following:

  • Trunk — Existing/Core features that your team is currently developing.
  • Branches — Primary product or system functions.
  • Sub-Branches (or Leaves) — New ideas for a product feature.


What are the benefits of the Prune The Product Tree template?

Thanks to the Prune The Product Tree template, you can:

  • Set a higher priority for valuable features you would like to develop and decide which ones to let go of.
  • Identify priority requests much quicker and easier from the wealth of ideas for improvements.
  • Involve the customers in the iterations by giving them a sense of ownership of the final product version.
  • Present to higher management what the product should look like when listening to customers’ needs and desires.
  • Help the organization achieve better product excellence by identifying previously unknown requirements.


How to use the Prune The Product Tree template in a few steps?

  1. Open the template on a blank whiteboard or insert it into an existing one.
  2. Start the audio and video chat with everyone invited to the session. To ensure your participants know the context, spend a few minutes explaining the purpose of the exercise.
  3. Start growing your tree by putting feature requests on sticky notes and then on appropriate branches or sub-branches. Avoid turning the exercise into an idea-generation activity but rather focus on features most feasible and desired by your customers.
  4. Discuss all parts of the tree with the participants to find out if there are any unexpected feature requests, requirements needing more user research, or recommendations that may not bring value. Consider using the voting option to distinguish the features that should be further explored.
  5. Turn the requests into actionable Jira items with two clicks to work on them right away or translate the findings onto a timeline to focus on them in the upcoming quarters.


**Prune the Product Tree is an Innovation Game created by Luke Hohmann.

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