How to Spy on Your Team

spy on your team

The corporate spies are out there. Monitoring emails. Tracking phone calls. Even peeking into your computer. What is this covert operation? It is the company — the one you work for. I once even had an employer start backing up my computer automatically without telling me. Why were they afraid? There was no reason to be. I already backed my computer up regularly (per the company policy). Read more…

The 7 Types of Remote Workers

types of remote workers

Remember the characters from Office Space? The movie is now almost 20 years old. Yet I still hear it quoted on a regular basis. One of my co-workers even dressed up as Bill Lumbergh for Halloween this year — complete with an Initech coffee mug. I think the movie clicked with people because it reflected some universal experiences. Read more…

My Name Is Joseph Antrosio — This Is Why I Joined Aha!

Joseph Antrosio Aha!

I have always been curious, especially about assumptions that are built into technology and systems and how they can be broken. My father instilled this in me at an early age. It has been a driving force throughout my life — peeling back the layers to discover why things are the way they are, how things work, and where things could break. But I quickly learned one important rule. Read more…

Just Launched! — Custom Workflows for Master Features, Features, and Requirements

Every team works in a unique way. There is no universal approach to building product. And no one tool works perfectly for everyone. Unsurprising, given the many different products, methodologies, and company structures. This is why we built Aha! to be wildly flexible — so you can customize our product management software and make it your own.
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6 Questions to Ask If You Want to Grow Into a Leadership Role

Grow Into a Leadership Role

Difficult work is often the most rewarding. This is especially true for those in leadership roles. I am incredibly proud of our software and the high-growth business we built at Aha! — but I am even more proud of the leaders we have helped grow. I am amazed at how we have grown our leadership team entirely from within the company. Read more…

What Does Digital Transformation Really Mean?

what does digital transformation mean

Yes, it is true. I did recently write that I do not believe in digital transformation. Foolish? Maybe. But my point was a bit more nuanced. Improving technology and digital capabilities is not an end game. The goal is to deliver better customer experiences. Digital transformation is just one strategy that companies invest in as part of an enterprise-wide effort towards better serving customers and employees. That is the real objective. Read more…

Product Managers Are Smarter Than a Spreadsheet

product manager smart spreadsheet

Does greatness come from a spreadsheet? Probably not if you are a product manager. Yet many are attempting to do so at this very moment — using a spreadsheet to manage the building of a product. Really, those spreadsheets are nothing more than a glorified list of features and priorities. This may work for a while. But spreadsheets are not meant for roadmapping the future. Read more…

33 Questions Smart Product Managers Ask in Job Interviews

product manager interview questions

“Do you validate parking?” I had asked a job candidate at a previous company if they had any questions for me. And this was the sole question from the product manager I was interviewing. Flabbergasting. Product managers are supposed to be curious and inquisitive. This person’s lack of meaningful questions told me they did not want the job enough. Read more…

You vs. Your Company

you vs your company

What motivates you at work? We all have ambitions regardless of our role — individual contributors, managers, and executives. Ambition is good and it should be encouraged. But if your priority is reaching superstar status, you will almost always fall short. Read more…

8 Transformational Blogs for Product Managers

transformation blogs

“February is a time of transformation.” Not words you are used to hearing? Spring is usually synonymous with renewal. Winter is usually all dormancy and hibernation. But not this year. Change and transformation were on our minds last month and we explored those themes on the Aha! blog. Read more…

Just Launched! — A Fresh New Look for Aha!

Aha! redesign of new header area

Looks matter. I realize this might sound superficial. But we all know that aesthetics have a real impact on user experience. This is why our team at Aha! has been working on a fresh page look over the past few months. And we are excited to unveil it — a new header for the Aha! user interface (UI).  Read more…

Going Agile Is Not a Transformation

going agile is not a transformation

Enterprise transformation. I have been writing about it a lot over the last few weeks. And I have been talking with other technology leaders about it even more. It is interesting to hear how so many people view this concept differently. But four words keep popping up when I ask about how companies are changing: “We are going agile.” Huh? Read more…

Just Launched! — Enhanced Aha! Integrations With Microsoft VSTS and TFS

Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) users rejoice. The most flexible integration between Aha! and these popular development tools is here. You now have full control over the way information flows between Aha! and VSTS or TFS — including faster imports, deeper customizations, and automatic updates.

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7 Product Management Job Titles (and What They Really Do)

product management job titles

There are some Inuit dialects that have dozens of words for “snow.” The dialect spoken in Canada’s Nunavik region, for example, has at least 53 words to distinguish between wet snow and crystalline powder. Interesting, right? Even though I really like being in the mountains, you might be wondering why I am writing about snow. Read more…

What Is Needed for Real Enterprise Transformation

enterprise transformation

I want to begin with three business truths. The first is that most companies will need to fundamentally change to better serve customers. The second is that the transformation required will be enterprise-wide and include digital, solutions, and data-oriented strategies. And finally, for meaningful change to happen, the organization needs to think and behave differently to execute on the chosen strategy. Read more…