My Name Is Bonnie Trei — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Bonnie Trei product manager

Teams are important to me. Growing up as an only child, I created “teams” of friends. I was fascinated by people who had backgrounds and strengths that were different from my own. My teams were incredibly diverse. This taught me the importance of building community and helped to develop a strong sense of empathy from an early age.

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Your Remote Co-workers Feel Left Out

remote coworkers left out

I was recently talking with a CEO who was having trouble hiring and retaining good people. He was considering opening new locations and adding a few remote workers. His thinking? More people. My thinking? More problems. Guaranteed.

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Just Launched! — Present Beautiful Roadmap Plans With Ease

You have one chance. The pressure is on but you are ready to present your roadmap plans. And then the interruptions start. “Can you go back three slides to the features roadmap?” Click, click, click. “Where are the details for the partner portal?” Click, click, click. Your presentation has turned into a scavenger hunt as you try to find the right view.
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This Is Not a Product Roadmap

this is not a product roadmap

What is a product roadmap? Simple enough question. Most product managers would say that a product roadmap lays out the future. But then ask to see that product roadmap and what do you get? A few technical bits about what is planned, captured in a spreadsheet or bug tracking tool.

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Do This on Your First Day at a Remote Job

first day remote job

It was my first day. I had just joined the team at Aha! and was eager to get started. Exactly what “getting started” would look like was unclear to me. This was also my first time working with an entirely remote team. I knew I would open my laptop, log in… and then what?

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Hey Boss: Stop Telling Me to Bring You Solutions

dog bringing a problem

“Do not bring me problems. Bring me solutions.” I am sure you have heard this mantra at work before. In most cases, the thinking is that problems will only make the boss look bad. Well, something looks bad all right — the boss’s “do not bother me” attitude. So what do you do?

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Do These 4 Things Before a Remote Job Interview

video interview tips

Did you ever think your future could be decided by a barking dog? Or a loved one popping in to ask what’s for dinner? Or an unfamiliar web conferencing program? These or any one of an infinite number of things can derail a remote job interview — if you do not properly prepare.

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My Name Is Rachele Arambula — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Rachele Arambula

I have a passion for helping others succeed. It started with my father — he owns his own business and regularly puts in 12-hour days. Even more than his tireless work ethic, I admired his genuine desire to help others and treat people with respect.

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Your LinkedIn Profile vs. Your Resume

linkedin vs resume

“Clairvoyant Humanist and Life Consultant.” I got a LinkedIn request from someone with this “title” the other day. Well, I am no clairvoyant. But I can predict one thing. The offbeat title will raise eyebrows — as well as suspicion about this person’s level of professionalism.

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Just Launched! — The Best Way to Manage Thousands of Customer Ideas

Idea management can take on a life of its own. It’s tough to manage the inflow of customer ideas and feature requests. The work gets especially unwieldy when you are managing requests by the thousands. Some ideas can be implemented quickly, but for most, they need to be categorized for later consideration.
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5 Reasons Product Managers Are Still Building Disappointing Products

disappointing products

Something is slowly rotting. And I may have found the stinky source. It might be your product. Are you building something that customers love using? Or are they simply holding their noses — tolerating it due to a lack of options or because it is the product they have been told to use?

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It Is Time to Eliminate Sales Commissions

sales commissions

Crazy quotas. Anything to close a deal. Pushing customers no matter the cost. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you already know how I feel about the traditional approach to sales. Customers have changed, yet the selling process has not. But here is a surprise — I am about to come to the defense of salespeople everywhere.

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7 Blog Posts for Busy Product Managers — September 2017

september blog posts product managers

Running around in circles. This is not an uncommon feeling for product managers. You have so many items on your To-do list and so many meetings to attend. You are doing important work — but it seems like you never have the time to stop and reflect on it. So let’s take a moment and stop.

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Your Company Will Not Let You Work Remotely — But Why?

pug dog looking out window

People want remote work. I hear this from job seekers, comments on social media, and leaders at technology companies. Everyone wants it and research proves the benefits. But many companies just will not let it happen. What is driving this disconnect?

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Just Launched! — New Scoring for Better Feature Prioritization

How do you prioritize features? This is a common challenge for product managers. And for good reason — feature prioritization is an important and difficult part of the job. You want to keep the team focused on building what matters most, but that looks different for every product team. There is no obvious prioritization scoring methodology that will work perfectly for every company.
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