Communicating Product Metrics Effectively

Product metrics are a unifying language in cross-functional teams that bridge departmental gaps.

Steedan Crowe
3 min readJan 16, 2024

Product metrics track the progress and success of your product, and tools like FullStory and Amplitude have simplified this process greatly over the years. Your focus should be on effectively communicating these metrics to diverse stakeholders with unique perspectives and interests. It’s essential to tailor your presentation of product metrics for different stakeholders to ensure clarity, relevance, and actionable insights.

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This post was originally published in my Substack Newsletter, Roadmap Weekly.

To do this, you must understand the priorities and concerns of various stakeholder groups. Executives might concentrate on metrics like revenue and market share, while developers may lean toward technical performance and user feedback. Communicating the impact of these metrics on revenue to all teams is essential, but in a sea of endless metrics, it’s good to focus on what your teams can directly influence and control.

Although it’s important for teams not to be overwhelmed by data, it’s necessary to avoid data silos when measuring product metrics. Silos can lead to misguided strategies and prevent you from seeing the big picture. To have a holistic understanding of the product’s health and trajectory, keep a balanced metrics dashboard and encourage cross-departmental data sharing. This will help you to track progress and make informed decisions effectively.

Product metrics are a unifying language in cross-functional teams that bridge departmental gaps. For instance, when discussing with design and development teams, blend usability metrics (like user flow or time on task) with technical performance indicators (like latency and First Contentful Paint). Doing so creates a holistic view of how design and technical aspects work together to enhance the user’s experience. In such discussions, it’s beneficial to focus on how individual contributions from each department collectively impact the overall product performance and user satisfaction.

When addressing executives, focus on metrics directly impacting business objectives, such as revenue, growth rate, customer acquisition cost, and customer lifetime value. Clear, concise language and compelling visuals are vital to depict trends and forecasts, showing how these metrics inform strategic decisions and align with business goals. Apply this approach to performance metrics like error rates and latency to underscore their business impact.

For external stakeholders, such as user communities and partners or for social proof, focus on metrics demonstrating the product’s value and relevance to their needs. Showcasing user engagement trends, time to value, or product impact illustrates how the product serves its users.

Regardless of the audience, effective communication often hinges on how the information is presented. Utilize data visualization tools to make complex data more accessible. Tell a story with the metrics, creating a narrative that connects the data points to the bigger picture of the product’s journey.

Adopting a consultative approach with stakeholders is essential. This involves listening to their concerns, understanding their objectives, and correlating how specific metrics address them. It’s about creating a dialogue where you interpret metrics collaboratively, leading to informed and collective decision-making.

Of course, recognizing the evolving nature of product metrics and their interpretation is essential. As market dynamics shift and user behaviours change, the metrics that once held the most value may need to be reevaluated. Staying agile and adaptable in using and communicating those metrics is crucial. Regularly revisiting and revising metric priorities in line with changing business environments ensures the information remains relevant and impactful.

Leveraging product metrics with stakeholders goes beyond sharing data; it’s about contextualizing this information to suit different needs and perspectives. Whether through storytelling, visual representation, education, or collaborative discussions, the goal is to make these metrics meaningful and actionable. Customizing your delivery to match each stakeholder group’s communication style ensures that everyone is aligned, informed, and engaged in the product’s success journey, contributing to its overall achievement.

This post was originally published in my Substack Newsletter, Roadmap Weekly.



Steedan Crowe

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