This Developer Finds Joy in the Mundane

big mac and fries

I love fast food. It started as a teenager when I worked at McDonald’s in New Zealand. There were only a few locations back then and we were amazingly busy, with lines usually out the door at lunchtime. We made Big Macs as fast as we could — 12 at a time. Sure, the work itself was a little mundane. But it was strangely (and rewardingly) competitive.
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Successful People Ignore the "Rules of Body Language"

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Do you know the “rules” of body language? Maintain eye contact but not for too long (otherwise, creepy). Shoulders back, chin up, no slouching. Do not fold your arms — that reveals discomfort or boredom. Keep your face composed in a perfect mask. Never let ’em see you sweat.

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My Name Is Nicole Wosje — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Nicole Wosje Wayra

I was inspired by my parents. Whether they were delivering food after a life event or shoveling snow for an elderly neighbor, helping those in need was part of their daily routine. The example they set led to my lifelong passion for volunteering and mentorship — a passion that led me to Aha!

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Hey Boss: Your Chaos Is Making Me Anxious

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Have you ever had a boss who seemed to leave behind a trail of disaster? I have. Too many times. There was the boss who threatened team members when he did not like an answer someone gave. The boss who chased the VP of Sales around the conference table when a major deal was delayed. And my favorite — the boss who was as spineless as a worm.

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Stop Worrying About VCs Stealing Your Idea

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A friend approached me last year about starting a software company that would be an add-on in the Salesforce AppExchange. He was in the beginning stages and needed some advice. He had heard that he should have everyone he talks with about the business sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) to protect his idea. My reply? “No — but not for the reasons you might think.”

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Just Launched! — A More Comprehensive Business Model Builder

Think about your morning routine. I bet that you interact with dozens of products and companies within an hour of waking up. I know I do — from checking in with my fitness tracker to brewing a cup of locally roasted coffee. The companies behind each are wonderfully different. But they have at least a few common threads. Like a business model — whether they have documented it or not.
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The 8 Rude "Animal" Types of Bosses

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Ever work with someone who hogs all the credit? Or a parrot who never seems to have an original idea? I bet you can think of a few people who act more like zoo animals than the professionals they are supposed to be. And if you work in an environment with these types of characters, then you know that rudeness spreads like a contagion.

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New Product Managers — Do This in the First 30 Days

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“We should not launch this.” It was a surprising announcement to make just 30 days into a new product management job. My friend had been hired to own several products at a telecommunications company. After doing her research, she could see that the newest product concept, which was woefully behind schedule and poorly defined, was going to fail.

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You Are An Executive (You Just Don't Know It Yet)

She said I had an “executive presence.” This was coming from the VP of a product team I worked on early in my career. And she told me I only needed to speak up a bit more and earn a few gray hairs — then, I could become a real executive. Was this a back-handed compliment?

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Just Launched! — Sync Even More Aha! Fields with JIRA

1,021,678 is a big number. And it represents a lot of work. As of today, that is the total number of requirements you have created in Aha! — do the math and it’s roughly one new requirement every two minutes since we launched in 2013. Product managers around the world have been busy.
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My Name Is Peter Klipfel — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Peter Klipfel Newport Beach

Building things is my favorite way to learn. Even better when I can build things with people who I can learn a lot from. I took my first programming course in college, which lead to my first Ruby on Rails internship at an analytics aggregation company. That summer, I spent every waking hour learning Rails.

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The 7 Most Talked-About Blog Posts — January 2017

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January is no time to hibernate. Especially not at Aha! — we stayed busy rolling out product enhancements and new integrations. And on the blog, we kicked off the New Year with posts to reimagine your career, guide you on your job search, and inspire your best work in the coming year.

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Just Launched! — More Intelligent Voting on Ideas

More, more, more. It seems like everywhere you look, people want more. And this is particularly true when it comes to customers and feature requests. But this is not necessarily a bad thing. When customers have feedback, it is a good sign they are passionate about your product. So, listen to the voice of your users.
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You Do Not Need a Chief Happiness Officer

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Nap pods. Stairs replaced with slides. A full-size Ferris wheel. No, I am not talking about an adult arcade hall. These are all real ways companies try to keep people happy. I even know someone whose company installed a ball pit. He said it was fun for a moment. But it ultimately became an office joke (and a great way to hide colleagues’ pens).

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The New Normal for Your Engineering Teams

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I still remember the chaos of my first job. A new team with new challenges. Facing critical work decisions for the first time. But there was something else that added to the chaos — a cooked-up and manic code base. It made me feel more like a mad scientist than a software developer.

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