About Brian and Aha!

Brian seeks business and wilderness adventure. He is the co-founder and CEO of Aha! — the world’s #1 product roadmap software — and the author of Lovability. His two previous startups were acquired by well-known public companies. Brian writes and speaks about product and company growth and the adventure of living a meaningful life.

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6 Questions to Ask in an Interview for a Remote Job

remote job interview

I believe in remote work. Big shock, right? But I have a secret — it is actually not a deep passion point for me. You do not find me on the speaker circuit pushing the idea that it will save the world. Sure, I have written a lot about the topic on this blog and elsewhere. And yes, I founded a company with an entirely distributed team. But I did not set out to become a remote work champion. Let me explain. Read more…

How This CEO Prioritizes Employee Joy

Aha! product management team best workplace

Last December, I met up with a group of awesome people in Laguna Beach, CA. We ran along the beach together. Shared personal stories that made us laugh and cry. Ate some good food. Even spent time volunteering for local organizations. No, this was not a vacation with my oldest friends — it was the Aha! semi-annual company meeting. And it is one of the many reasons that this is one of the best places to work. Read more…

Why You Need a Strategic IT Roadmap

strategic IT roadmap

“IT manages technology and projects — not customer experiences.” Have you heard this before? Not lately, I hope. Most companies are taking on major initiatives to focus all teams on customer experience. Not just customer-facing groups. Of course, this focus requires big changes in mindset and approach in departments across the organization, including both internal- and external-facing teams. Read more…

How Office Workers Are (Accidentally) Bullying Remote Workers

remote work bully

Bullies are easy to despise. Loud. Blustering. Obnoxious. Willing to do or say anything to get their way. Especially in movies, these heels are easy to root against and we cheer when the hero overcomes a small-minded jerk. But in the workplace, this kind of behavior is more nuanced. Remote workers know this all too well — as they are often subjected to unfair treatment by in-office colleagues. Read more…

The Chief Product Officer vs. the Chief Technology Officer

CPO vs CTO

Products matter. And that is why more and more companies are adding executives who are specifically focused on those products and the technology needed to ensure customer love. But as we keep adding leaders to the executive suite, there is naturally more overlap in duties. More role confusion too. So, it is worth taking a look at the difference between two related but distinct positions: Chief Product Officer (CPO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Read more…

You Are Not an Office Cliche

You Are Not an Office Cliche

Please, no more cliches. These well-worn sayings hurt me. I cringe when I hear throwaway phrases such as “go the extra mile” or “think outside the box.” What do these words even mean? Or are these business cliches just an easy choice when we do not want to think deeply about the true meaning of what we are trying to convey? Read more…

Your Office Is a Zoo — Now What?

Your office is a zoo

Observe any workplace and you will find an astonishing ecosystem. Each one is filled with many creatures. Depending on the organization, you may also find a battle for survival. Some rule with wit while others dominate with more concealed tactics. What is this one constant in the wild, wild world of work? Read more…

The Founder’s Paradox: How Do You Get Out of the Details When You Care More About the Details Than Anyone Else?

founders paradox details

Most founders care deeply. I know that I do. About everything that Aha! is and will be — the people and the product. About everything that does not go the way we want it to. I care about every little detail. Yet, the skyrocketing growth of the company means that I must not dwell on every little detail. Care, but do not care? I feel like I am being squeezed. Read more…