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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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6 Signs You Love Your Job
December 5, 2017
6 Signs You Love Your Job

“You cannot improve what you do not measure.” This is what I wrote the first time I asked our team at Aha! to evaluate our own company. I wanted to know how people really…

Hey Boss: You Are Setting Me Up for Failure
December 4, 2017
Hey Boss: You Are Setting Me Up for Failure

A terrible first day at a new job. You show up only to find your wonderful new boss is not ready for you. Nobody greets you. I would like to say I am making this up — but…

Product Manager vs. Business Analyst
November 27, 2017
Product Manager vs. Business Analyst

Product managers strategize product direction; Business analysts ensure projects meet business objectives. Learn more about their differences.

Remote Work Is Not Your Scapegoat
November 21, 2017
Remote Work Is Not Your Scapegoat

This is a tale of a company at a crossroads. Innovation had stalled. Teamwork was anemic. It was a time of stagnation. Leaders wrung their hands over the ailing…

How to Be Transparent at Work (Without Making People Cry)
November 16, 2017
How to Be Transparent at Work (Without Making People Cry)

Extreme openness. This was the original intention of the open-office design. Breaking down walls would also break down barriers — everyone could exchange ideas throughout…

Your Company Is Not a Democracy
November 14, 2017
Your Company Is Not a Democracy

Company leaders need to make decisions for the entire team. Learn how to make everyone feel equally invested even if they did not get to vote.

How to Silence the Office Donkey
November 13, 2017
How to Silence the Office Donkey

My friend Mary recently shared a recurring nightmare. It involved a twisted metamorphosis into a donkey. It was Disney’s fault — specifically, the film Pinocchio. You…

Hey Product Manager: Your Sales Team Is Not Excited
November 7, 2017
Hey Product Manager: Your Sales Team Is Not Excited

Imagine that your job is to sell pencils. Number 2 pencils, to be specific. Your sales pitch is basic. “Classic wooden pencils! You can sharpen, write, and erase!” There…

How to Build Your Annual Roadmap Presentation
November 6, 2017
How to Build Your Annual Roadmap Presentation

Here are five suggestions for building and delivering a great annual roadmap presentation.

How Smart Product Managers Track Competitors
October 31, 2017
How Smart Product Managers Track Competitors

There is a plague infiltrating your office. Sales? Already infected. Most of the other teams are sick now too. The symptoms make people act lifeless — paranoid thinking…

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