DocuSign delivers services across industry and department, and we’re creating a series of blogs to look at how eSignatures improve efficiency and productivity in a number of specific departments. This blog looks at how adding DocuSign to product management documents and processes enables organisations to increase control, improve visibility, and ultimately help ensure a smooth rollout of products.
Planning, creating and delivering a product to market can involve a number of organisational departments, and a variety of processes and business systems, including marketing, forecasting, and even profit and loss (P&L).
It’s essential to ensure transparency across the process from end to end, and for team members to be able to communicate quickly – and easily. Timescales and budgets must be met – bearing in mind that time constraint is one of the top challenges cited by project managers – together with lack of control across the product management process.
And an efficient process can be difficult to achieve, particularly when dealing with a number of teams and systems. But, using eSignatures can help improve effectiveness across the cycle.
The speed of delivery of new products or versions can be enhanced with DocuSign, through the eSignature solution helping to simplify multiple inputs, enable visibility into timelines and clear communication across teams.
The time-consuming and burdensome requirements approval and sign-off process can be simplified and made more efficient with automated routing and workflow, and which can include proactive reminders to further enhance a process.
It’s easier to collate form-based product inputs from diverse groups and individuals, such as employees, customers or partners, and to create and circulate product roadmaps for approval and sign off.
eSignatures support cooperation between product management and engineering, through requiring both teams to electronically acknowledge and approve requirements, and the change management process improves through enabling users to route documents with the relevant individuals approving in the correct order – saving rework cycles later.
The same processing can be applied to release management – the process of managing, planning, scheduling and controlling a software development through the various stages and environments, to include testing and deployment.
Managers can have total visibility across an approval process, monitor who’s reviewed documents, and access an audit trail that maps to the organisation’s own internal retention policies – vital for compliance purposes.
With DocuSign code review reporting becomes more transparent, with bug reporting, and meeting notes visible across organisation.
And with marketing an essential part in the product to market process, DocuSign can support marketing departments with programme launch, and faster contract execution, as well as speedier sign-off for marketing plans, briefs, and content.
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