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Why Strong Product Managers Pick Fights

Brian de Haaff | Posted 10.20.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

How many times do people "ping" you at work each day? For product managers, the answer is probably something like: "Oh, I've stopped counting." Feedback comes in from so many different channels -- internally and externally -- that those pings can start to feel like a series of jabs.

Learn From the Best: Google's Nine Principles of Innovation

Robert F. Brands | Posted 09.28.2016 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Google is widely considered, by both the general public and business experts, to be one of the most innovative companies in the world. So how does Google promote a culture of innovation and ensure that innovative ideas are properly implemented, creating profitable new products that position the company for long-term success?

How Product Managers Use Themes to Build Winning Products

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.19.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

How do you make a winning product even better? You never stop pushing for new ideas that will delight and engage your customer. But for every stellar enhancement there are dozens of duds that simply do not contribute to the overall product vision.

Proven Ways Product Managers Develop New Ideas

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.15.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Yes, some ideas appear to materialize from thin air. But experienced product managers know that nothing happens in a vacuum.

How Product Managers Build Leadership Skills

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.02.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Building a lasting product is a remarkable experience -- when it happens. It can be a bumpy and uncomfortable ride at times. But when you achieve product success, you will likely be hooked for life. I know I was.

How Product Managers Prioritize Great Ideas

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.14.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

As the product matures, internal teams, customers, and partners will all have ideas on how to make the product even better. Product managers then must collect, curate, and promote those ideas into features.

Can Software Help You Generate Better Ideas?

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.13.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Everyone wants better ideas. But it is often tough to capture ideas in a manageable way -- and even tougher to organize and implement them. Product teams especially need a way to quickly capture, categorize, and prioritize ideas.

5 Questions That Help Product Managers Define Customer Personas

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.11.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Product managers are the champions of their product. It's their job to take "what if" ideas and turn them into actionable realities. But it is also their responsibility is to ensure that the ideas they choose to act upon map to the needs of customers.

How Successful Entrepreneurs Create Unique Products

Harry Red | Posted 02.18.2017 | Business
Harry Red

Successful entrepreneurs do not rely on luck. They know ways to come up with great products, time and again. You can't follow a recipe and end up with the next big thing, but if you learn from those who nailed it, you can make breakthroughs much more likely.

How This New Product Manager Earned Respect From the Sales Team

Brian de Haaff | Posted 12.18.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

If you think that you will earn respect from the sales team by incorporating every new feature they suggest, you will be disappointed.

What Most Entrepreneurs Don't Know About App Development

Rahul Varshneya | Posted 12.15.2016 | Business
Rahul Varshneya

The mobile app ecosystem is so nascent and evolving at such a rapid pace that it's been tough to catch up on what's right and what's wrong or what works and what doesn't.

Game Design: Playing with Prototypes

Matt Cohen | Posted 12.14.2016 | Business
Matt Cohen

In order to explore prototyping and the product development process, I thought it would be fun to focus on three games published by Gamewright: Sleepi...

3 Tips on New Product Development from Kuli Kuli Founder and CEO Lisa Curtis

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 10.15.2016 | Business
Marquis Cabrera

Recently, I asked Co-Founder and CEO of Kuli Kuli Lisa Curtis her opinion on how to develop a new product because she is currently operating a successful startup that is in the process of developing a new healthy energy drink.

20 Things Software Developers Should Stop Saying

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.03.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

If you know an engineer, it's time to help him stop. Intervene because the phrases are often so annoying that they are "counter-productive" or worse a "red herring" and distract from what really needs to be said (and done).

How Successful Product Managers Work With Tough Sales Teams

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.09.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

It always feels the same. You can tell by the tone in her voice. The VP of Sales is angry, very angry. That is because the latest release did not have the random feature that her sales manager in New York needed to close the deal that was needed at the last second to save the quarter.

Everything Old Is New Again

Peter Hubbell | Posted 04.12.2015 | Business
Peter Hubbell

The Boomers are being considered the most valuable generation in the history of marketing, and as they age, smart brands will find a way to deliver now-stalgia : positive memories of the past made newly relevant in the here and now.

Companies Need to Innovate or Risk Dying

Ira Kalb | Posted 03.10.2015 | Technology
Ira Kalb

That's right. How companies react to failure is an important part of their success. And, if companies fail to innovate in our increasingly competitive world, they risk dying.

Innovation and the Unknown

Scott MacFarland | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Scott MacFarland

It seems that companies are tossing around the innovative word like it's a piece of candy to be chewed on and enjoyed because it tastes so sweet. Maybe some companies can innovate that way and actually benefit from the process. However, I am not quite so sure the innovation process works that way.

Roadmap to Leaving your Corporate Job and Starting a Creative Business (Part 3 of 6)

Sumeera Rasul | Posted 01.19.2015 | Small Business
Sumeera Rasul

As a designer, designing and developing a product is the most crucial part of your business. Many designers struggle to create products that establish a sustainable demand among their customers.

What Is Branding? Not Reality Television

Adrian Kamalii | Posted 01.18.2015 | Business
Adrian Kamalii

Your brand is not a logo, a website, your social media handles, your product or your image. While these examples contribute to the sum of your brand, individually, these facets are not a definition of a brand.

iPhone App Connects People With Cerebral Palsy

Nicole Luongo | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Nicole Luongo

Frantz Alexis has cerebral palsy. At times, he found it difficult to find other people with CP with whom to connect and share common experiences. The ...

The Missing Piece of the Entrepreneurial Puzzle

N. Kimron Corion | Posted 04.27.2014 | Business
N. Kimron Corion

entrepreneurs tend to go full speed ahead, without first understanding one of the fundamental principles of business planning, and that is first identifying their customer profile.

This Could Provide More Effective Relief From Battlefield Gunshot Wounds

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact

U.S. combat troops may soon benefit from faster and more effective relief from gunshot wounds on the battlefield. The U.S. Army has requested expe...

7 Common Customer Development Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 03.05.2014 | Small Business
Michael B. Fishbein

When practiced effectively, customer development can be an extremely valuable practice for getting startup ideas, testing viability of an idea, or opt...

Can Your Startup Get Just Corporate Enough to Yield Sustainable Growth While Maintaining Your Agile Culture

Tiffany Crawford | Posted 11.30.2013 | Small Business
Tiffany Crawford

As the startups of today, you are the future IPOs of tomorrow. You have the chance to change the face and experience of "Corporate America" into one that inspires us as much as the fast-paced, ever-changing, startup world does.