Introduction to Delibr
In this article
You'll learn who Delibr is for, what you can do with it, and how to get started
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Hello and a big welcome to Delibr, where we sprinkle a little AI magic into document writing for Product Managers. Think of us as your digital wand, designed to amp up the productivity of PMs like you. With our generative AI, we're not just creating documents; we're crafting masterpieces tailored for the product management world. Our docs aren't just neat and organized; they're a canvas where you can effortlessly paint your ideas and strategies for your team and stakeholders.
We've noticed that most product teams are juggling with one-size-fits-all document solutions like Notion, Confluence, or Google Docs. Sure, they do the job, but they're like square pegs in round holes – not quite the perfect fit for the unique challenges of product management. That's where Delibr steps in, cutting through the clutter and bringing you a solution that's cut from a different cloth, designed specifically with PMs in mind.
Take the product trees - they're not just for shade! This ingenious technique brings to life the intricacies of our decisions, offering a vivid model for discussing trade-offs with stakeholders. It's like having a roadmap, showing us not just where we are, but the various paths we can take. Engaging with a product tree, we can more effectively navigate our options, ensuring our choices are both strategic and informed. Read more about the trees here.
Who is Delibr for?
Delibr is designed for Product Managers responsible for delivering software in an agile context. These professionals typically work with a cross-functional team to bring ideas to life through strategic planning, orchestration, and realization of products.
Since one of the unique value propositions of Delibr is the structure that the outline format offers, there are typically two types of people who enjoy Delibr the most:
- Product Managers who crave structure (and are typically already quite good at attaining it)
- These professionals appreciate the structure that Delibr documents offer, as it makes it easy for them to organize their thinking in a logical and structured way. They typically like to think about problems from a top-down approach and enjoy the ability to do so with the nested bullet structure that Delibr offers them.
- Product Managers who are currently lacking structure (and might not naturally gravitate towards it)
- These professionals appreciate that Delibr documents push them to organize problems and ideas in a logical and structured way. They will typically not have this type of logical top-down approach to problem-solving, and the nested bullet structure that Delibr offers them can act as a guardrail when thinking and describing complex problems.
Delibr facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration, permitting Designers, Engineers, and Business Stakeholders—any party participating in the product's development—to review documents, implement revisions, and contribute commentary collaboratively.
In what situations do product teams use Delibr?
- Product requirements documents
- Project briefs
- Design briefs
- Business cases
- Tracking projects and initiatives
- Task management
Product trees for:
- Opportunity Solution Trees
- Jobs-To-Be-Done trees
- Product hierarchies
Getting familiar with Delibr
When you sign up for the first time you will land in your Team workspace. The team workspace is your virtual home where you can organize and share information with your team. In the sidebar, there is also a Private workspace where you can organize information only visible to yourself.
As seen in the image below, the Team workspace represents the items you've put under Team workspace in the sidebar.
You can move items from your Private to Team workspace, and vice versa, by dragging and dropping them in the left sidebar.
Nested under the Product hub is another collection called Epics & PRDs. If you open the The Epics & PRDs collection it is shown as a board with columns representing statuses for the Epics and PRDs. These statuses can be changed to fit your workflow, more on this in this article here, and more on how to create board, table, and timeline views here.
To open the Epics & PRDs board simply click on it (the yellow labels in the image above).
When you sign up for the first time there is one document in the Epics & PRDs, called Single Sign-On. This document shows how an epic document can be structured in Delibr and is based on our Epic document template (found in the PRD section in the templates menu).
It is documents like this that you will be creating in Delibr, sharing with your team for input, and ultimately sending to Jira in the form of Epics, stories, and tasks.
How to get started
We recommend beginning with a fairly straightforward use case: Creating a PRD and connecting it to Jira.
This is something that most Product Managers spend considerable time on. It's also something that if done properly will lead to a smoother collaboration within the cross-functional team, help save time, and reduce the risk of misunderstanding further down the line.
As you run through this use case you will get familiar with Delibr's AI capabilities, the outline documents, and the Jira integration.
Creating the PRD
Get a jump start with one of our AI templates
- The Classic PRD template is quite robust and suitable for bigger initiatives.
- The Epic document is a bit more lightweight, focusing on getting down to the user story level and a rollout plan. This is suitable for new features or epics.
- The Amazon One Pager is an internal document that describes an idea, project, or initiative at a quite high level. Try Googling Amazon One Pager to read the lore of this type of document.
Note that most templates have two different types to choose from:
- Standard template. This is a normal template that gives you a document outline, but you have to fill it out yourself.
- AI-enhanced template. This is a template that gives you an outline but also helps fill in all sections using AI. You provide a description, and the AI handles the rest.
Review and revise
When the Copilot answers your questions, and you like the answers, you can copy-paste them directly into your document wherever they fit.
Invite your team
There are two ways you can invite other people.
Invite someone to join your team
You can invite people to join your Delibr team. This will give them access to the content in the team workspace, and they will be able to start creating their documents. Inviting is done from the team settings & members menu.
Learn how to invite people to join your team here.
Share the document you're working on
You can share documents with people outside your Delibr team, similar to how you can share a Google Document. Learn how to share documents here.
Connecting to Jira
One of the power features of Delibr is the Jira integration. The Jira integration allows you to take documents, or sections of documents, and turn them into Jira tickets. This is a huge time saver and something that users love.
How to set up the Jira integration: https://help.delibr.com/article/25-how-to-integrate-jira-and-delibr
How to create Jira tickets from Delibr: https://help.delibr.com/article/46-basics-the-relationship-between-delibr-and-jira
If you've followed the steps outlined above, you will have a document that will be incredibly helpful for aligning with the team and stakeholders about your next product iteration. The document becomes the source of truth, and there will be actionable Jira tickets so that everyone can easily know the implementation plan.