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Uncensored advice about product development and building a high-growth software company from Brian de Haaff, co-founder and CEO at Aha!

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Dear Public Company CFO
May 12, 2020
Dear Public Company CFO

On the surface, it was not unique. An email requesting extended invoicing terms for an Aha! subscription. Not atypical considering world events, but it was the tone that…

Project vs. Program vs. Portfolio Manager
May 5, 2020
Project vs. Program vs. Portfolio Manager

Projects belong to programs as programs belong to portfolios. Sounds like a word problem from a school assignment to me. You might not think it is necessary to discern…

Strategic thinking vs. strategic planning
April 28, 2020
Strategic thinking vs. strategic planning

Goal first. There is a reason this is the number one principle of The Responsive Method, the framework we use at Aha! for personal and business success. A goal-first…

5 Signs You Need an IT Roadmap
April 27, 2020
5 Signs You Need an IT Roadmap

Be more agile. Create better user experiences. Plan for today’s technical needs and the future unknown. Most IT teams are struggling with this juxtaposition. Addressing…

How to Ask for What You Need to Be Successful
April 21, 2020
How to Ask for What You Need to Be Successful

“I need help.” Showing vulnerability can be scary. You might worry that you are seen as weak or that others may exploit your openness for their own gain. This is…

4 Major Transformations That Happen When Companies Shift to Remote Work
April 20, 2020
4 Major Transformations That Happen When Companies Shift to Remote Work

“We need a better way to work.” Our team at Aha! frequently hears this from folks looking for a tool to support strategic planning. The desire to streamline processes is…

The 6 Principles of Strategic Product Roadmapping
April 14, 2020
The 6 Principles of Strategic Product Roadmapping

Strategy is not optional. I wrote this just a few weeks ago in a blog post about recent world events. The context was how to make clear decisions when the future is…

What Does a Program Manager Do, Anyway?
April 7, 2020
What Does a Program Manager Do, Anyway?

Program manager vs. project manager. I recently wrote a blog post describing these roles. Several folks took the time to thank me for digging into the differences between…

Product management vs. program management vs. project management
March 26, 2020
Product management vs. program management vs. project management

What does “discipline” mean to you? I bet a few words come to mind — self-control, punishment, or a system of rules. You might also conjure a field of study or branch of…

10 Tips From the Aha! Team on Working Remotely With a Full House
March 24, 2020
10 Tips From the Aha! Team on Working Remotely With a Full House

How can you be productive working remotely if the whole family is home? Read these 10 tips from our team on working remotely with a full house.

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