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Custom field requirements report
December 14, 2016

Custom field requirements report

My first big lesson as a product manager: More does not always equal better. In defining features, I wrote long-winded requirements documents. They were painful to write. According…

The Product Plan vs. the Project Plan
December 13, 2016

The Product Plan vs. the Project Plan

Great product managers ask questions. Lots of them. But product managers need to answer questions too. And the more complex the work, the more questions abound. When I was working…

Hey Boss: You Are Wasting My Time
December 13, 2016

Hey Boss: You Are Wasting My Time

I once worked for a boss who had a Ph.D. in time-wasting. This person’s signature move? Pointless meetings. I would spend my days shuffling from one to the next. Few were…

4 Words That Make Hiring Managers Cringe
December 9, 2016

4 Words That Make Hiring Managers Cringe

I really cannot think of a company that wants to hire a jack-of-all-trades. I learned this the hard way early in my career when I was speaking with the VP of the group at a company…

9 Important Aha! Features Launched Fall 2016
December 1, 2016

9 Important Aha! Features Launched Fall 2016

Did you read the post about office snakes on the Aha! blog? I did. The article mentioned “ophidiophobia” — the fear of snakes. That got me wondering: What other kinds of phobias…

Your Toxic Boss Gets Promoted — What About You?
November 29, 2016

Your Toxic Boss Gets Promoted — What About You?

Ever had a bad boss who seemed to fool everybody? I am sure you have. You know the type. They fire off indiscernible last-minute requests. Play favorites. And take sole credit for…

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