Aha! Blog

October 3, 2014

10 Things to Do at a Startup Every Friday

I’m a closer. As I mentioned earlier in the week, I’m a “goals first” guy and I generate lists that help me do my best. But I am also a guy who will run through walls to…

October 2, 2014

Aha! Now Integrated With HipChat

Aha! is now integrated with Atlassian HipChat to keep the entire team aligned and informed on product decisions in real-time. HipChat provides a group chat platform for…

September 30, 2014

3 Tips to Surviving a Toxic Startup Job

I have worked in toxic environments and survived. It was not easy and I struggled to believe I could keep going in the face of hostility and a belligerent boss, but I…

September 30, 2014

10 Things To Do Every Monday

I have always been focused on achievement. I’m a “goals first” guy and I generate lists that help me do my best. A to-do list gives me a sense of control and makes me…

September 23, 2014

20 Things Developers Should Stop Saying

Most engineers I know pick up jargon and abstract-talk as a way of fitting in or standing out in the bullpen. Sometimes the ‘technobabble’ is used to obfuscate what is…

September 22, 2014

How to Cry at a Startup

All types of crazy things have happened to me on the job. A guy ran by me holding a 9mm gun at his side, I worked for a former CIA operative who told me to watch my back,…

September 17, 2014

Great Product Managers Build Walls

One of the best product managers I ever worked with created a physical boundary in her cube by placing a rug on the floor. When anyone (especially pesky sales folks)…

September 16, 2014

The Underemployed Technologist

You are great at your job and will be even better at the next one. You are the ‘go to’ person with answers to the tough questions and your boss relies on you to get the…

September 15, 2014

Stop "Failing Faster"

We have all gone soft and lost our minds. How many times have you heard that there is no failure, just learnings. Right. Maybe when you are an infant. It is time to get…

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