My Name Is Jon Eckert — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Jon Eckert

Five bucks. That was my reward for drawing a cartoon that made my dad laugh. As a kid, a few dollars was plenty of motivation — do you know how many packs of Big League Chew you could buy? But the true prize was earning a deep chuckle. To do so, I had to figure out how to use my visual storytelling skills, awareness of context and timing, and understanding of my dad’s sense of humor to snag that gum money.

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Just Launched! — Automate Tasks in Aha!

Some days it feels like you are mired in repetitive tasks. From checking that data is entered correctly to adding comments and to-dos, this work is critical to delivering quality work. But I bet you are like me and would like to gain that time back. How nice would it be to automate some of those tasks?

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Why You Should Never Call Yourself a Guru

Never call yourself guru

Have you met any gurus recently? I know I have received quite a few connection requests from self-anointed ninjas, trailblazers, and pioneers. Recently I asked folks on LinkedIn to share their encounters with other “buzzword bingo” job titles. The responses did not disappoint — disruptor, change agent, influencer, and (yes) guru. Unless someone is an actual ninja, I have to wonder what people are hoping to communicate with these terms.

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Product Strategy vs. Go-to-Market Strategy

Product vs Go-to-market strategy

Have you heard of cognitive dissonance theory? In psychology, it refers to the tension that results when you attempt to hold two contradictory ideas at the same time. We all balance ideas that are often quite different. This is especially true for product managers and product marketing managers. Building and launching brilliant products requires that you can understand and harmonize an internal focus (the build) with an external focus (the launch).

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My Name Is Bill Chaney — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

WIJ Bill Chaney

I am happiest outside. Growing up in Omaha, Nebraska, I loved spending time in nature. Some of my favorite childhood memories were hiking and backpacking in the woods. My dad was an educator and my mom was a research assistant at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, so summer camping trips were our family’s budget-friendly vacation of choice. I joined the Boy Scouts, where my mom was a troop leader, and eventually worked my way up to Eagle Scout.

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Just Launched! — Reorder Cards by Priority on the Kanban Board

Workflow Board

Visibility and clarity. These are two key characteristics of high-performing teams. When everyone understands exactly what needs to get done and in what order, they can work together to make it happen. This is why many of you love using kanban principles and the workflow board in Aha! to visualize who is working on what and the status. 

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How to Be Bored at Work

“If you cannot get out of it, get into it.” This is a simple yet powerful saying that I think is particularly applicable to work. Because even if you are passionate about what you do, you will not be energized by every single project or task. So unless you want to get out entirely, adopting a positive attitude can help you get into it.

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Just Launched! — Add Approval Gates to Workflows in Aha!

How much time does your team spend each week tracking down the approvals needed to move certain work forward? I bet the answer is “too much.” Many teams struggle with the chaotic review cycles needed for work to proceed. It would be so much easier if you could standardize your workflow with specific approval gates. 

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Aha! Donates $127,093 to Support Those Most In Need

Aha! Cares 2020

A world of caring communities. This is what we envisioned when we announced our philanthropic initiative which is appropriately named Aha! Cares last year. Our first year was an incredible success. We gave more than $100,000 in 2019 to community-based nonprofits. And collectively, Aha! teammates clocked 794 hours of service — everything from packing meals for at-risk kids to improving housing for victims of domestic violence.

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My Name Is Angelo Spenillo — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Angelo Spenillo

Not many lawyers headbang. For me, music came first. I learned to play guitar in my early teens and honed my performance skills as a member of several heavy metal bands. As I evolved and grew as a person, I came to enjoy an eclectic mix of genres — everything from Killswitch Engage to Bon Jovi. My later journey through the legal profession was similarly diverse.

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Vision vs. Strategy vs. Roadmap

vision strategy roadmap

Roadmaps are beautiful. Not just because they are aesthetically pleasing, but because of what they represent. Roadmaps clearly show what you want to achieve and how you will get there. You can create excitement for a big idea and package it in a way that others can understand. But a roadmap is still just a visualization. You need to have a vision and strategy behind the plan.

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My Name Is Maeve Revels — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Maeve Revels

Did you ever read the children’s magazine 3-2-1 Contact? It was an extension of the educational science television show of the same name. As a 6-year-old subscriber, I spent hours poring over the BASIC problems in the back of the magazine trying to solve each one. Eventually, I hooked up a used Tandy Color Computer to my parents’ television. I enjoyed revising the initial program as I gained knowledge and insight into what the best solution might look like.

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Just Launched! — New Workspaces for IT, Project Management, Services, and Business Teams

We started Aha! in 2013 because we wanted to help companies build what customers love and be happy doing it. Product teams were the beginning, but we quickly discovered that many other groups were struggling to capture strategy, create visual plans, and report on the impact of their work. So last year we introduced a workspace for marketing teams. And now to kick off 2020, we are expanding to serve even more groups.

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