Leadership

Set a clear strategy for company and product success so you stay grounded in what you want to achieve. Find practical advice on goal-setting, cross-functional planning, prioritization, and leadership.

Minimum Viable Product vs. Minimum Lovable Product
October 8, 2020
Minimum Viable Product vs. Minimum Lovable Product

Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is cat food. Or at least that is how I described it when I first wrote about what I considered the Minimum Lovable Product (MLP) to be in…

The Founder's Paradox: How to Be Agile and Deliver Major New Product Functionality on Time
September 29, 2020
The Founder's Paradox: How to Be Agile and Deliver Major New Product Functionality on Time

Shirt sizes. Points budgets. Spikes and a formal PMO. I recently received a thoughtful email from a CTO at a major software company after I spoke at an event on building…

Vision vs. mission vs. strategy
September 24, 2020
Vision vs. mission vs. strategy

Every successful company needs a clear vision, mission, and strategy. Read on for a practical look at these 3 concepts and how they can set your company apart.

How Well Do You Really Know Your Customers?
September 22, 2020
How Well Do You Really Know Your Customers?

Have you ever worked with a "Believable Brad?" This type of product manager sounds convincing — they know all the right things to say about customers and share impressive…

Sales Teams vs. Customer Success Teams
September 8, 2020
Sales Teams vs. Customer Success Teams

"What do you mean no salespeople?" When people find out that Aha! does not have a sales team, they are sometimes shocked — but always curious. The questions continue.…

15 Elements of a Brilliant Business Strategy
September 1, 2020
15 Elements of a Brilliant Business Strategy

“The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.” This is a quote from business strategist Michael Porter. His name might be familiar to you — he created Porter's…

The Founder's Paradox: Loving What Is Broken
August 27, 2020
The Founder's Paradox: Loving What Is Broken

I seek the "new-new." Developing new ideas, digging into new projects, solving new problems — these are the things that fuel me. It is easy to stay energized because…

The Product Manager's Dilemma: Operate vs. Innovate
July 28, 2020
The Product Manager's Dilemma: Operate vs. Innovate

How do you keep the business running well and invest in the future? This is a struggle almost all product managers face. You know that lasting growth means finding ways…