We just announced the JIRA integration that you have always wanted. Aha! now provides an add-on for Atlassian JIRA OnDemand customers who want to create brilliant product strategy and visual roadmaps. Now, traditional hosted JIRA customers and JIRA OnDemand customers can both take advantage of everything Aha! has to offer for product management teams.
Have you worked with a great product manager? If yes, you know that she led the product with pride and was at the epicenter of every major product decision. She knew customers like family, was the go-to-source for everything product, and guided engineering and the rest of the non-technical team to greatness. So, why would you want to cut the product manager in half and force her to look only externally or internally?
Do you need an easier way to create product strategy and visual roadmaps and clearly articulate features for the engineers to develop? If yes, we just made that a lot easier through an integration with GitHub Issues. While GitHub is a great place to share code with your colleagues and manage the development process — Aha! is the new way to create brilliant product roadmaps. And together they are even better.
We all want to be market leaders. There’s no question about it. However, it’s hard to achieve category supremacy for anyone — especially when selling to businesses. And startups face a particularly nasty uphill battle in establishing a foothold in any existing market. First of all, there is often an established category leader. Second, B2B buyers are a conservative bunch, and their bias is to buy from the established leader or do what they always have done. So how do product management and marketing leaders break through? … read more
When we talk about innovative companies and organizations, we mean those which are consistently successful, not just lucky. However, when we have conversations about this topic they usually take a bad turn into speculation about the sources of success. There is lots of talking but little guidance and insight when “innovation” is discussed.
Release notes are unglamorous — unless you need to know what was just released. There’s no shame in admitting they they are a pain to write and often get ignored. Yet it’s critically important for your product development team to complete them if you are working in a mid or large-sized software or Web company or in a growing business with lots of end users who need to know what’s new. Release notes are a key way to share with internal stakeholders and customers what’s fresh or changed in your software or service. Unfortunately, most teams never create them, because they do not have a good tool to track features and their corresponding release notes in one place. … read more
Scrum can save and destroy you. And sometime it does both in just that order. Only those unaware or unafraid will admit that they are not “agile” converts these days running “scrum” teams to build what matters. And there is no doubt that more integrated and continuously improving teams achieve more than their rigidly structured ancestors who went from gate to gate. But why are so many teams unhappy and building unlovable software? We might all be moving faster, but so fast that we are simply creating random acts of software.
Great product launches create heroes. And product teams have the best product launches when they have clear goals, deliver the goods on time, and everyone is on the page. This is easy if we work with a really small team or don’t have meaningful go-to-market programs timed to our launches. But that’s usually not the case for product managers, product marketers, and software developers in mid-sized and larger organizations. This is where some lightweight launch planning can save us and help us as product managers and marketers lead the team with conviction.
Agile product companies have a hard time managing products. The product manager is charged with communicating the voice of the customer — and at the end of the day achieving customer and market success. Meanwhile, agile development teams demand that the customer representative (aka the product owner) must articulate detailed user stories, participate in daily scrum rituals, and answer questions at all times. … read more
Great products are brought to market and successful when product management, engineering, and other key stakeholders are efficiently working together and enjoying it. We just revamped how product teams can keep each other informed without having to send emails, update spreadsheets, or report status on a wiki. The following enhancements make Aha! even more enjoyable to use and helps teams avoid the “no-one-ever-told-me-that-changed” breakdowns.