I am a Product Manager for the next generation software to decommission an old product. Now the stakeholders- mainly sales and marketing - are jumping up and down and they escalate because they never listened to the fact that I told them we have a v1 and then a v2 and lots of scalability issues. They don’t really understand Product and they keep pushing of course as they want to sell more licenses.
My two issues are:
- Priority: I told my management that if we want to prioritize this huge development we would need to deprioritize or add resources.
- Feature parity: I am not going to just copy and paste a 10-year-old software without clearly seeing the value or getting usage data.
Now I am getting more and more as the bad cop in that company, and I think I am also just not yet good enough at stakeholder management. What can I do? Get detailed estimation for all of their features wishes? Create my own roadmap and vision? Get signed off commitments? Other idea?