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Evidence-based Medicine for Software

David B. Black | Posted 02.14.2017 | Technology
David B. Black

Have you heard of "evidence-based medicine?" It's a relatively new trend in medicine based on the idea that what doctors do should be based on the evi...

Is That Product Manager Sleeping at His Desk?

Brian de Haaff | Posted 12.20.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

What is the biggest threat to your career and product team? You might say cash flow, lagging sales, or finding qualified candidates. Or you might even...

The World's Most Unlikely Product Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 12.16.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

What degree do you think most product managers have? I will bet that you did not answer "B.A. in environmental science." But I do know of at least one...

The Mentor Every Product Manager Needs

Brian de Haaff | Posted 12.12.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

You can learn how to do just about anything on YouTube. Change a bike tire, play guitar, or bake a flaky kołaczki pastry. If you are searching for e...

7 Words No Product Manager Wants to Hear

Brian de Haaff | Posted 12.01.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Why is it that negative memories have a way of standing out? This is true for personal experiences as well as professional ones. I remember starting a...

Why Great Product Managers Are Optimistic Realists

Brian de Haaff | Posted 11.29.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

I once worked with a product manager who always had a smile on this face. He was a friend to everyone and always thought it was a beautiful day. But h...

There Is an Elephant in Your Office

Brian de Haaff | Posted 11.22.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

You are not imagining things. There is indeed an elephant in your office. Everyone tries to tip-toe around the beast -- yet it is becoming increasing...

Your Startup Does Not Need "Adult Supervision"

Brian de Haaff | Posted 11.16.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

A friend of mine came over the other night for a pep talk. He works at a San Francisco logistics startup. And he said that things are going well and n...

The Culture Behind Leading-Edge Technology Companies

Brian de Haaff | Posted 11.03.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Take a moment and think about your team. Which colleagues are the naysayers? You know -- the people who you think of as "The Mallet" for their abil...

4 Reasons to Love Micromanagers

Brian de Haaff | Posted 10.28.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

I love micromanagers. Now, you are probably thinking, "Are you for real?" It is true. Micromanagers are heroes in my world. It's ok if you consider me crazy. I know what you have been told. But they deserve a lot more love than they currently get.

[Infographic] A Brief Guide to Microservices and Service Discoveries for Beginners

Nadya Khoja | Posted 10.27.2016 | Technology
Nadya Khoja

What Are Microservices and Service Discoveries? Microservices are independent processes that interact with other small processes and together, shape...

Stop Handing Out Business Cards

Brian de Haaff | Posted 10.26.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

I finally decided to recycle the last box of business cards that I had collected from various connections over the years. There was no good reason to...

8 Words Product Leaders Should Never Use When Giving Feedback

Brian de Haaff | Posted 10.25.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Do you ever dread sending off an important roadmap update to your boss? I once reported to a VP who replied to emails with vague and unhelpful feedba...

5 Ways New Product Managers Learn on the Job

Brian de Haaff | Posted 10.23.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

There is no shortcut to becoming a successful product manager. Like any major accomplishment, it takes time and practice. If you are a new product man...

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.

From Basement to Boardroom: Why Gamers Are Poised to Become the Next Generation of Tech Leaders

Anthony Hughes | Posted 10.10.2016 | Technology
Anthony Hughes

How video games affect the human brain is always up for debate. Every few years, a study comes around that trumpets the supposed detrimental effect they have -- followed by a separate study that refutes those findings.

Custom Fleet Management Software Development vs Generic Fleet Management Software Development

Allan Smith | Posted 10.01.2016 | Technology
Allan Smith

Many software development houses have a policy of "one size fits all." As a result, they attempt to convince their clients that it is important to cha...

How to Craft a Winning Product Roadmap Presentation

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.29.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

So, you just built an awesome roadmap. Congrats. Customers are going to love it because you prioritized what many of them were asking for. You did a fine job working with the sales team to make sure they were aligned with the product's direction. And engineering was standing tall right by your side in full agreement.

Product Roadmap Tools: 5 Easy Steps to Get Started

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.16.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

A great product roadmap starts with a clear product vision and a canvas explaining customer and market forces that will shape the product's direction. Historically, roadmaps were built using tools like Excel and Powerpoint.

Online Product Building with Ana Hilinsky of BuildRX

Ellie Cachette | Posted 09.09.2016 | Technology
Ellie Cachette

As an expert in product building I've started to notice that everyone seems to think building products is "easy" and especially with mobile apps being...

The One Bias Every Technology Leader Should Fear

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.07.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

There is fear in the air and drama after the daily stand-up meeting. People avoid making eye contact as they pass in the halls. The tension is palpabl...

The Value of a Technology Roadmap

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.01.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

I often am asked about the most important elements to building a strong roadmap. I usually share my experiences and point people towards the many art...

Congratulations to BSA's 2016 Girls Who Code Class!

Victoria Espinel | Posted 08.31.2016 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

BSA's Girls Who Code class of 2016 graduated this month, marking the end of an intensive seven-week coding program. While most of the 19 girls in the ...

5 Product Roadmap Templates That Deliver Results

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.25.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Knowing you need a plan is one thing. But a smart product plan does not develop overnight. A roadmap to success takes planning and a true understanding of your company's vision -- the "true north" for where you are headed.

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.