Hiring Managers: Stop Insulting the Job Candidates

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Some blog posts take on a life of their own. I was humbled that 50,000 of you took the time to read “Job Candidates: Stop Insulting the Hiring Managers” on LinkedIn.

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Just Launched — The Easiest Way to Manage Product Requirements

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Requirements management is a core job of product managers. By clearly defining your requirements with the details your engineers need, you can ensure that you deliver exactly what your customers want.
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You Should Stop Trying to “Work Smarter, Not Harder”

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Business mantras are intended to elevate and inspire. And like anything that promises a quick fix, they have been shared and repeated on every social network. Trite, silly, or shocking, most business mantras are ultimately harmless. Others fall into the more troublesome category. Read more…

Don’t Let Your Product Strategy Happen to You

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Product development is an emotional process. And, in my experience, it’s very easy to get lost in this process. In my work as an entrepreneur, angel investor, and co-founder of several ventures, I have seen (and fallen victim to) the trap that a product can control you. The product has a way of taking over to such an extent that it becomes the boss of your life.
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Stop Going to See Your Customers

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Imagine this scene: You are packing your suitcase for yet another business trip. You are pumped about the prospect of meeting with a big customer. Then, you start to think about the security lines. Missed connections … cramped seating … babies crying in your ear … lost luggage. (Feel your head starting to pound?) And that is all before you even get to the airport. Read more…

Just Launched! — Aha! + JIRA Integration Templates

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Many companies integrate Aha! and Atlassian JIRA to keep product management and engineering teams in sync. Aha! is used for product strategy, roadmapping, and planning. And defined releases and features are sent from Aha! to JIRA for development. As progress is made, updates are automatically reflected in Aha!
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My Name is Toray Altas — This is Why I Joined Aha!

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I have had the good fortune to see the world from many cultures. I grew up in a small country town in Australia called Wagga Wagga (meaning “a place of many crows” in the area’s Aboriginal language). I went on to live in Vienna, Melbourne, and San Francisco, before settling in Vancouver, British Columbia. Each city has shaped the person I am today. Read more…

The 5 Strangest Interview Questions and How to Ace Them

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Job candidates need to be ready for just about anything in an interview these days. Sometimes it’s just crazy what interviewers feel compelled to ask.  Read more…

Just Launched! — Create the Perfect Visual Roadmap with Enhanced Timeline Controls

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It is important for you to set a high-level strategy and keep your team informed on where the product is headed. But you also need to be able to easily communicate which specific features will make the cut. That is where the Aha! features roadmap comes in.
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The Genius of Working in Solitude

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It is rare to sit in the presence of true genius. I had that privilege a few months ago when three recipients of the MacArthur Genius Grants discussed their work at an event held in Washington, DC. An audience member asked one of the fellows, a renowned author, to share how her grant changed the way she works. I was unprepared for her response.

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Job Seekers: Stop Insulting the Hiring Manager

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It never hurts to let a little personality shine through in your job search. For example, a short but friendly introductory email can make all the difference between being passed over or given a second look. Read more…

Just Launched! — Increase the Visibility of Great Product Feedback

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Your customers have meaningful feedback to share. And in order to deliver a great product, it’s important to listen to what they have to say. This is why Aha! provides a fully branded idea management experience with multiple types of ideas portals to give organizations a place to bring customers, employees, and other stakeholders to the innovation table.
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6 Things Better Than Your Morning Commute

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Eight billion. That’s a big number any way you slice it. But it’s even bigger when it denotes what you’ve lost. In this case, eight billion is the number of hours Americans spent commuting to and from work last year. That averages out to 50 hours per driver, or more than a week’s worth of vacation days.
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Have You Changed Jobs Too Many Times?

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Change is a normal part of life. There is no avoiding it. And some people seem to thrive on change. They are always open to new ideas and better ways to do anything. They are quick with their decisions, and rarely second-guess the ones they do make. And once they decide on a course of action, they never look back.
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Just Launched! — A New Way To Share Your Visual Roadmaps

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Building a roadmap is an important part of being a product manager. I do not think anyone would argue that. But here’s something to consider. Your roadmap is useless if it gathers dust sitting on a flash drive or in an outdated spreadsheet. That is why Aha! makes it easy to create, update, and share your visual roadmap with others.
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