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$0 to $200M in 9 months (Startup lessons)
October 1, 2013
$0 to $200M in 9 months (Startup lessons)

I never actually was in a business that grew from zero to $200 million in sales — but I have often dreamed about it. And that counts for something. I am a big thinker and…

A Better Product Backlog
September 30, 2013
A Better Product Backlog

If your product backlog is like mine was, it’s a mess. But it’s not your or your team’s fault. That’s how I see it, because I am not a sloppy person and you probably are…

Automatically Import Features From Jira Into Aha! for Roadmap Planning
September 23, 2013
Automatically Import Features From Jira Into Aha! for Roadmap Planning

You can now import issues directly into Aha! from Jira. This builds on our existing Jira integration. The added import capabilities are important for product management…

Software Roadmap Capacity Planning and Time Management
September 18, 2013
Software Roadmap Capacity Planning and Time Management

Capacity planning and time management are critical for any software development team. See how to leverage capacity planning functionality in Aha! Roadmaps.

So You Want to IPO – Tips From an Investment Banker
September 15, 2013
So You Want to IPO – Tips From an Investment Banker

The following notes come directly from a recent talk given by leading investment bankers in Silicon Valley. The topic was how to prepare for going public. With Twitter’s…

Why do Scrum Fanatics Hate Time?
September 10, 2013
Why do Scrum Fanatics Hate Time?

Time can be understood, unless a scrumdamentalist is in the room. Because then time is replaced with a point, but that point cannot be known. It’s just relative to other…

A New Approach Called the Waif Startup
September 4, 2013
A New Approach Called the Waif Startup

Can you ever be lean enough? Follow these 5 basic principles of the Waif Startup — a tongue-in-cheek approach to taking the Lean Startup methodology even farther.

Did Your Product Manager Really Say That?
August 29, 2013
Did Your Product Manager Really Say That?

Everyone I know in technology picks up jargon and funky talk as a way of fitting in or standing out in the office. Sometimes the ‘MBA speak’ is used to obfuscate what is…

Managing Requirements: Who's in Charge Here?
August 26, 2013
Managing Requirements: Who's in Charge Here?

Efficient requirements management takes skill even in single product / single target market companies, but in more complex organizations it takes real expertise.

Hey Sales Guy — Stop Pissing Off The Engineers
August 18, 2013
Hey Sales Guy — Stop Pissing Off The Engineers

So you are the sales god — savior of the business — and the go-to-guy when that deal must get closed to save the quarter. You can sniff a wanting customer through your…

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