About Ron and Aha!

Ron is a product guy. He is the Sr. Director of Product Management at Aha! - the world’s #1 product roadmap software. He previously founded and sold his own company and has been on the founding team of multiple venture-backed companies.

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The Product Plan vs. the Project Plan

two orange goldfish in clear glass bowl

Great product managers ask questions — lots of them. But product managers need to answer questions too. And the more complex the work, the more questions abound. When I was working at another SaaS company in the HR space a few years ago, this became very clear.

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How Good Product Managers Handle Bad Feedback

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I received some harsh feedback relatively early in my career as a product manager. I had worked at a SaaS company for about a year and was the first product manager on the team. We had finally landed a massive software partner — and I was excited to walk through my plan for the product integration with my CTO.

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The Day I Became a Happy Product Manager

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It was a big month. I was leading product for a Los Angeles-based SaaS company in the HR space. Our team had released five big new features and was starting to see engagement with the product. We armed our sales team with the features they needed to close some of the biggest deals we had seen all year.

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The Product Roadmap vs. the Project Roadmap

It’s amazing what you learn when you stop talking at work and start listening. This is particularly true when you are meeting with the world’s best innovators and product builders. We get to practice our listening skills a lot because at Aha! we speak with hundreds of product managers each week.
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The Best Product Managers Fear This One Thing

I learned a tough product management lesson a few years ago. My startup product team and I had spent the past six months working on our new software product in beta before we were ready to launch it. It was our biggest launch yet, with several prominent blogs and news outlets planning to cover it. No pressure, right?
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6 Ways Experienced Product Managers Find Harmony with Engineering

There is nothing quite like seeing a great band in concert. One person plays lead guitar while someone else adds a bass line. Another member provides the steady rhythm. And the fourth person is singing lead vocals. Every person in this band knows the job they must do to make the music happen, and they make it look easy.
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That Painful Meeting — And How I Became a Curious Product Manager

I arrived at the office bright and early my first day ready to make a difference. I had just started a new job as a product manager and was anxious to get going. My new VP boss, let’s call him John, had spent the last month building out a strategic roadmap for the upcoming year. Now, it was my turn to shine (or so I thought).
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Product Wireframes, Mockups, and the Day I Almost Cried

I love building great products. There are so many moving pieces it keeps me engaged all day long. And when done right, each step of the journey is more exciting than the last. But there are always a few bumps along the way. Overcoming those challenges is part of the allure of the job.
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