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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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Please Do Not Send a Cover Letter Like This
January 12, 2017
Please Do Not Send a Cover Letter Like This

I am often surprised by what people choose to send as cover letters. Typos, broken links, and rambling emails. I also see messages like this one: “I was looking for…

You Are Bored at Work — Go Ahead and Admit It
January 10, 2017
You Are Bored at Work — Go Ahead and Admit It

Are you allergic to boredom? If you like achieving I will bet you are. There is always something new to learn and do. But no matter how busy you are sometimes the boredom…

You Cannot Buy This Priceless Tool
January 9, 2017
You Cannot Buy This Priceless Tool

Is there a fee for being happy at work? I recently saw an ad suggesting that there might be. A software company promised to boost employee engagement and retention with…

18 Blog Posts You Loved in 2016
January 3, 2017
18 Blog Posts You Loved in 2016

I seek adventure in two places: business and wilderness. When the two intersect the result is something special. And as far as adventures go, 2016 certainly offered…

Is "Good Enough" Really Good Enough for You?
December 29, 2016
Is "Good Enough" Really Good Enough for You?

Think back to your high school years. Remember that one kid who just seemed to have “it”? The classmate who everyone was sure would be a great success. Mine was smart and…

What Is Your Career Sentence?
December 27, 2016
What Is Your Career Sentence?

Everyone should have a career mantra that reflects your vision. Follow these 4 steps to create a personal career sentence that will always motivate you.

There Is a Bear Hibernating in Your Office
December 20, 2016
There Is a Bear Hibernating in Your Office

Let me set the scene. It is sometime after noon. The hypnotic hum of fluorescent lights, the drone of hushed conversations, the rhythmic tapping of keys. The thermostat…

The 17 Great Myths of Product Management
December 19, 2016
The 17 Great Myths of Product Management

We issued a warning to product managers last month — beware of bad advice. The Aha! Customer Success team (all former product managers) weighed in. And many of you added…

You Feel Like a Burned-Out Product Manager — Now What?
December 15, 2016
You Feel Like a Burned-Out Product Manager — Now What?

One slide, every few hours. That’s how a former colleague and friend told me that he put together his annual strategic plan. When I asked him why, he said, “If I thought…

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…

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