I love interviewing people. That’s because interviews are about listening and learning. As the CEO of a rapidly growing software company, the people we hire are everything. They make the business go. I have internalized that. … read more
Is stretching the truth a lie? You might not intentionally do it, but when it comes to presenting updates to the CEO, it happens. In large companies, time with one of the executive leaders is a rare thing. And there often is lots of anxiety. Most employees in mid to large-size companies do not get many chances to present to the CEO. So, stories sometimes get told.
Aha! now provides support for Rally customers who want to create brilliant product strategy and visual roadmaps. We are thrilled to announce this integration. This builds on our broad set of integrations with great tools including Atlassian JIRA, Microsoft Visual Studio TFS Online, Pivotal Tracker, GitHub, Zendesk, and Trello.
To plan is human, and even the most agile teams should think about new functionality as a new customer experience. New customer experiences go beyond just the product and engineering teams rolling out new software. That’s why it’s important to manage the entire process and make sure the entire organization is prepared to market, sell, and support whatever is new.
I seem to have touched a nerve. When I wrote Why This CEO Will Never Hire Another Salesperson last week, I had no idea that it would create a firestorm. I have written hundreds of posts over the years, and this one got people more fired up than any other. I was flattered but also a bit concerned.
If you’re like me, you’ve captured your share of product-related information. The problem is never a lack of information — it’s how you organize and share it. In talking with over a thousand product teams over the last few years, one thing is clear: you need a central place to capture structured roadmap information and all of the additional unstructured product, market, and team related information too.
I have many good friends who work in sales. That’s why this post is going to hurt, but let me say in my defense that I have already spoken with many of you about this. My friends work hard and love what they do. But it doesn’t change the fact that I will probably never hire another commissioned salesperson again.
It’s strange being a CEO. It can actually be lonely. People think you have all the answers and often have little to say around you. They anxiously wait for your words. And that’s why for too many employees, the CEO is little more than a stranger behind the corner office door. Meaningful words are never spoken.
We do not get to build many things in our lifetime, so what we do build should be great. I’ve been fortunate enough to speak with more than a thousand product teams over the last few years at Aha! and I’ve learned one thing: product managers should be happy. But too often, they are overwhelmed by the job.