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What Does Team Spirit Look Like When You Only See Your Co-Workers Twice a Year?
December 10, 2019
What Does Team Spirit Look Like When You Only See Your Co-Workers Twice a Year?

Team spirit. In theory, it refers to a positive company culture. But many companies treat it more like recruiting lip service than a value to actively foster. It has…

Showcase Your 2019 Product Management Success With These 4 Reports
December 3, 2019
Showcase Your 2019 Product Management Success With These 4 Reports

It creeps up on you and then it is over. The end of the year is in the distance, you achieve a major release, and then everyone looks ahead. What will 2020 bring? But…

The One Sign Your Company Is Growing Too Fast
November 25, 2019
The One Sign Your Company Is Growing Too Fast

What is the most important characteristic of a company founder? Perhaps a visionary mind, bold spirit, or strong work ethic. There is no single answer. But I believe…

How to Get Executive Buy-In by Creating a Compelling Business Case
November 19, 2019
How to Get Executive Buy-In by Creating a Compelling Business Case

If you are a product manager, you know how challenging it is to get leadership buy-in for a big new investment. But to build what customers really need, you must be able…

Big Goal, Achieved — So Why Do You Feel Lousy?
November 12, 2019
Big Goal, Achieved — So Why Do You Feel Lousy?

Achievement is addictive. But it does not automatically lead to bliss. I am referring to what researchers call the arrival fallacy — the mistaken belief that once we…

8 Smart Tactics for Understanding Customer Pain Points
November 5, 2019
8 Smart Tactics for Understanding Customer Pain Points

Have you heard of the Wong-Baker FACES® scale? You may not know the name but I bet you would recognize it immediately. This numerical and visual pain rating scale shows…

How to Properly Scare Yourself (Into a New Role)
October 29, 2019
How to Properly Scare Yourself (Into a New Role)

Your co-workers would say you are a zombie. You have lost your motivation and it shows. There is no spark in your soul as you drift between meetings. You are in desperate…

The Founder’s Paradox: How to Make Time for Strategy in an “Agile” World
October 23, 2019
The Founder’s Paradox: How to Make Time for Strategy in an “Agile” World

“To get off the treadmill.” I once asked a friend why he moved from Silicon Valley a few years ago and this is what he said. But I am not sure there are many places you…

5 Questions Every Frustrated Product Manager Should Ask When Dates Slip
October 21, 2019
5 Questions Every Frustrated Product Manager Should Ask When Dates Slip

Busy is not always better. I have written before about the difference between busy work and meaningful work. Our time is finite, so it is important to be purposeful about…

9 Excuses Bosses Use to Keep People From Working Remotely
October 15, 2019
9 Excuses Bosses Use to Keep People From Working Remotely

I still cannot understand why companies do not want people working remotely. It has served us incredibly well at Aha! — but I also believe it is important to consider…

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