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Software Product Management & Development

We help clients build best-in-class software product and development organizations to accelerate growth.

Software executives are grappling with a rapidly changing landscape that is transforming how software gets written. Furthermore, software leaders face myriad choices to invest in new platforms, technologies, delivery models, and team configurations that are often difficult to link to performance and profits.
Effectively harnessing product management and software development talent has the potential to drive performance more than any other function. Increasingly digital leaders outside software – in hardware, semiconductors, automotive, aerospace, defense, industrials, and medical devices – grapple with these same challenges. At McKinsey, we help our clients take a holistic view of how they build, adapt, and optimize their product teams and portfolios.

Product Management

We help companies build or advance their product management functions, using maturity assessment tools and proprietary learning offerings.


Scanning the market for attractiveness and clarifying your strategic positioning can help identify the right areas to prioritize and set the right investment level—both at the macro (product) and micro (initiatives/feature) levels.


Our proprietary methodology, combined with Numetrics’ advanced analytics and predictive tools, can help optimize development productivity and accelerate time to market. We take two lenses to optimize efficiency: 1) people and structure and 2) product complexity and life cycle.


We help evaluate software development practices along 15 dimensions to uncover areas of improvement.

Featured Insights


Product managers for the digital world

– The role of the product manager is expanding due to the growing importance of data in decision making, an increased customer and design focus, and the evolution of software-development methodologies.

The product management talent dilemma

– Despite product managers’ central roles in software organizations, they are often neglected from a talent-management perspective.... Four levers can address this industry-wide challenge.

How predictive analytics can boost product development

– Complex product-development projects are plagued by schedule slips and cost overruns. The up-front application of advanced and... predictive analytics helps companies build plans they can stick to.

An executive’s guide to software development

– This essential capability is a blind spot for many nontech leaders.

Software Development Handbook: Transforming for the digital age

– Software development is no longer the domain of Silicon Valley tech start-ups. Our new handbook explains why, and how organizations... should approach development to achieve true competitive advantage.

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