Just Launched! — A More Comprehensive Business Model Builder

Aha-business-model-builder

Think about your morning routine. I bet that you interact with dozens of products and companies within an hour of waking up. I know I do — from checking in with my fitness tracker to brewing a cup of locally roasted coffee. The companies behind each are wonderfully different. But they have at least a few common threads. Like a business model — whether they have documented it or not.
Read more…

The 8 Rude “Animal” Types of Bosses

hippo eating food with teeth exposed

Ever work with someone who hogs all the credit? Or a parrot who never seems to have an original idea? I bet you can think of a few people who act more like zoo animals than the professionals they are supposed to be. And if you work in an environment with these types of characters, then you know that rudeness spreads like a contagion.

Read more…

New Product Managers — Do This in the First 30 Days

kids at swim meet

“We should not launch this.” It was a surprising announcement to make just 30 days into a new product management job. My friend had been hired to own several products at a telecommunications company. After doing her research, she could see that the newest product concept, which was woefully behind schedule and poorly defined, was going to fail.

Read more…

You Are An Executive (You Just Don’t Know It Yet)

She said I had an “executive presence.” This was coming from the VP of a product team I worked on early in my career. And she told me I only needed to speak up a bit more and earn a few gray hairs — then, I could become a real executive. Was this a back-handed compliment?

Read more…

Just Launched! — Sync Even More Aha! Fields with JIRA

Aha-JIRA-custom-fields

1,021,678 is a big number. And it represents a lot of work. As of today, that is the total number of requirements you have created in Aha! — do the math and it’s roughly one new requirement every two minutes since we launched in 2013. Product managers around the world have been busy.
Read more…

My Name Is Peter Klipfel — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Peter Klipfel Newport Beach

Building things is my favorite way to learn. Even better when I can build things with people who I can learn a lot from. I took my first programming course in college, which lead to my first Ruby on Rails internship at an analytics aggregation company. That summer, I spent every waking hour learning Rails.

Read more…

The 7 Most Talked-About Blog Posts — January 2017

half dome yosemite sunny day

January is no time to hibernate. Especially not at Aha! — we stayed busy rolling out product enhancements and new integrations. And on the blog, we kicked off the New Year with posts to reimagine your career, guide you on your job search, and inspire your best work in the coming year.

Read more…

Just Launched! — More Intelligent Voting on Ideas

Aha-set-vote-limits-per-user

More, more, more. It seems like everywhere you look, people want more. And this is particularly true when it comes to customers and feature requests. But this is not necessarily a bad thing. When customers have feedback, it is a good sign they are passionate about your product. So, listen to the voice of your users.
Read more…

You Do Not Need a Chief Happiness Officer

stuffed horse in a ball pit

Nap pods. Stairs replaced with slides. A full-size Ferris wheel. No, I am not talking about an adult arcade hall. These are all real ways companies try to keep people happy. I even know someone whose company installed a ball pit. He said it was fun for a moment. But it ultimately became an office joke (and a great way to hide colleagues’ pens).

Read more…

The New Normal for Your Engineering Teams

engineering team on a hike

I still remember the chaos of my first job. A new team with new challenges. Facing critical work decisions for the first time. But there was something else that added to the chaos — a cooked-up and manic code base. It made me feel more like a mad scientist than a software developer.

Read more…

My Name Is Ashley Hamilton — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Ashley Hamilton

“Do you have any hobbies?” This is a hard question. Over the years, my curious nature has led to paddleboarding, knitting, gardening, speaking Italian, and most recently, the ukulele. Of course, not every hobby becomes a lifelong passion. But I am always up for a new challenge. Read more…

You Deserve Workplace Freedom

Yosemite-National-Park-Snowshoeing

I love being outside. Just last week I went snowshoeing with some friends in Yosemite. But when I told a colleague about my trip, she wrinkled her nose. Snowshoeing? No thanks. Curling up indoors with a good novel is her idea of a good time.

Read more…

Just Launched! — Aha! Starter Product Roadmap

aha-starter-roadmap

Amazon set the record last month for the world’s fastest delivery — 13 minutes. Now that is fast. Want to build your product roadmap in less time than it takes Amazon to set a world record? Read on.
Read more…

Just Launched! — New and Improved Aha! Navigation

aha-navigation

We just launched the new Aha! Starter roadmap — the fastest way to build a visual roadmap. (If you have not checked it out yet, you should.) Whenever we deliver new functionality, we stop and think about how it fits into the overall product experience. What else will be affected? Is there an opportunity to make the product even better? Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

Read more…

Sorry, Boss — But Your Apology Stinks

bad dog made a mess in the kitchen

It should be simple. But there are many ways to screw up a perfectly good apology. There is the over-apology — as if saying “I’m really, really sorry” carries more weight. There is the knee-jerk, insincere “sorry!” that does not ring true. Perhaps the worst is the non-apology, which begins “I’m sorry, but….” and ends with a finger pointing at someone else.

Read more…