My Name Is Claire George — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Claire George Aha!

Language has always fascinated me. It is a tool for communication that allows people to convey their ideas, needs, and wants. I studied modern languages (French and Japanese) at university — it gave me a deep appreciation of what it takes to understand others and made me more intentional about how I communicate in English as well. Read more…

Your Go-to-Market Activities Need to Change — Here Is How

The day has come. Your teenager is finally ready to part with their toy car collection. In the old days you might have held a yard sale and tacked flyers up around the neighborhood. Not anymore. Today, your teen knows to announce the sale where the ideal buyer goes to purchase — an online marketplace or an auction site like eBay. Read more…

Just Launched! — Enhanced Rally Integration Syncs Estimates on Epics and User Stories

T-shirt sizes. Planning poker. Bucket system. These are just a few of the techniques that agile teams use to estimate work. However, no matter which method used, there is one commonality — it is important to tie those estimates back to your roadmap so that you always have a clear picture into the effort required and the impact on your product plan. Read more…

This Is How to Build a Collaborative Text Editor Using Rails

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It is a painful realization. You just added a beautiful, multi-page description into your bug tracker’s text editor, complete with photos and a short screencast. Then your co-worker, who left their window open when they went to lunch, helpfully fixes a typo… and overwrites everything you just did. Poof — all that work, gone. Read more…

Busy Is Not a Badge of Honor

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A whole lot of “busy.” The person in the grocery store tapping out messages between two cell phones at once. The jogger whose eyes keep darting to the notifications blipping on their smartwatch. And the dinner party conversation that turns into a one-upping competition over who has less free time. Calendars double-booked! Overwhelmed at work! Read more…

How Product Marketers Want to Work With Product Managers

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It was a big product launch. This was several years ago when I was on the marketing team at a multinational organization. We had been working hard to build out content and programs for months. All systems go. But then I heard a last-minute rumor — the new functionality might not be ready. All systems standby. What? Read more…

The Founder’s Paradox: How Do You Build a Company Without Venture Capital When People Want to Give You Lots of Money?

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“Can we grab a cup of coffee?” For some reason, this has become the casual beverage of choice for venture capitalists and just about anyone else who wants to get together and talk “growth.” But I do not drink coffee. And I have been pretty clear that our company is not looking for outside funding. Read more…

5 Skills You Need to Lead Enterprise Transformation

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Enterprise transformation has been a popular topic on this blog lately. By now, you should be familiar with the framework I have laid out. And you may be wondering how it gets done. What can you actually do to have an impact at a company going through major change? Read more…

Just Launched! — New Web Notifications Alert You to Updates in Aha!

Engineering just shipped the latest release. The UI team finalized three designs. Marketing has a new blog post ready for product review. And it all happened this morning. Yikes. How do you keep track of every change — without being tied to your inbox for updates? You need something that notifies you in real time without taking you away from your most meaningful work.

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Is There a Squirrel in Your Office?

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Someone in the office is driving you nuts. Hoarding information and forgetting where they stashed it. Zipping from one thing to another without any focus. Running ahead of the team. Tough to pin down. Does this sneaky co-worker sound familiar? Read more…

This Is How You Build a Radically Responsive Product Development Team

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“I wish we could work this fast.” This is something our Aha! team hears a lot. It is true that our team works fast — really fast. Faster than any team I have ever worked with. But if you are thinking our speed is due to some top-secret sauce, you would be wrong. In fact, I will reveal the ingredients right now. Read more…

My Name Is Nathaniel Collum — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

nathaniel collum why i joined aha

It was my first year of high school. I was doing fine scholastically, but I did not yet have a passion — my “thing.” So I decided to pursue two things that genuinely interested me at the time: the soccer team and the school musical. Turns out, I am really bad at soccer. But I did get the lead in the high school musical. Read more…

7 Blogs to Help Build Your Leadership Skills

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What brought you to this blog today? Was it curiosity? Your desire to be a better leader? Probably both — those two are inseparable. Technology changes so fast these days. And that affects everything from customer preferences and expectations to how we guide and engage team members. To stay on top of all these developments, you have to be tenaciously curious. Read more…

Why Strategic Thinking Is So Hard for Product Managers

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Daily standups. Planning poker. Estimates of time (or points). It is all collaborative fun and games until that new product launch lands with a customer thud. And then the big boss comes strolling down wanting answers: Why did this flop? Hm, good question. You were so busy working that you barely left the office. And the product development team was grinding — sprint planning, grooming, more standups, retrospectives, and then wash/repeat. Read more…

Just Launched! — Enhanced Jira Integration Syncs Estimates and Work Done on Epics and User Stories

“Best integration ever!” and “You guys made my Aha! + Jira dreams come true.” Those are just a few of the messages you sent us when we recently launched our new integrations framework. We share these notes with the entire company — so thank you for sharing them with us.
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