Remote Work Is Different Than a Part-Time Job

remote work is not part-time

Everyone wants to work remotely. I know this because I receive messages from people every day who want to work remotely for Aha! — I also read a lot of misguided perceptions. “It must be great working from home, so you can get more done around the house.” “Working remotely would allow me to travel the world.” “It would be great to work less.” The reality is so far from this remote work fiction. Read more…

My Name Is Todd Meyer — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Todd Meyer Aha

For as long as I can remember, three questions have guided how I look at most things in the world. How does this work? Why do we do it this way? Could we do it better? As a kid, I spent hours taking apart electronics (small radios, flashlights, whatever could be disassembled with a screwdriver and determination) to learn how they worked, why they worked that way, and to see if my tinkering could make them better. Read more…

Just Launched! — Create Consistent Product Management Workflows Across Your Teams

Custom workflows in Aha!

Flexibility and consistency. These words can seem to be at odds with each other — especially when applied to product management practices. You want to make your processes your own. But you also want everyone to follow the same approach. It is a good thing that Aha! allows you to do both.
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How to Question Your Boss (and Be Loved for Being Obnoxious)

question the boss

Rude is not always loud. Yes, the person who speaks over everybody in a meeting is a bit obnoxious. But the person fading into the corner of the room can be even worse. No curiosity. No clarity. Nothing bold. Quietly letting the world and the work pass them by. Read more…

How to Measure the Success of an Enterprise Transformation

enterprise transformation metrics

All lasting companies change. The most successful ones transform in meaningful ways that continuously increase value for customers and employees. Recently, I have been sharing in detail what enterprise transformation looks like and what it requires from a strategic and tactical perspective. But with so many moving parts, you might be wondering how to know if the transformation is succeeding. How do you measure change? Read more…

How to Explain Your Product Management Job (to People Who Do Not Know What Product Management Is)

product management job explanation

Career day at the elementary school. Thirty pairs of little eyes stare up at you. Jacob’s mother just finished telling them all about her life as a firefighter. She even wore her uniform and let the kids try on that bright yellow helmet. Now it is your turn. How do you explain product management to a room of nine-year-olds and keep their attention? Read more…

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

text editor rails

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

busy badge of honor

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

work with product marketing

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?

founders paradox venture capital

“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

lead enterprise transformation

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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