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Meet Wayne, the World's Most Rotten VP of Product

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.01.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

It's hard to escape FIFA these days. The arrests of several officials on corruption charges have made global headlines for the past few months now. Clearly this is bigger than soccer. The "bad boss" narrative has mass appeal, whether you care about the World Cup or not.

5 Tips for Creating a Beautiful Product Roadmap

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

As Product Managers, building roadmaps is a crucial part of our job. Yet most of us still use outdated tools for roadmapping -- Excel, PowerPoint, wikis, etc.-- to try and keep several teams on track toward the same goals. It's painful. The good news is that there's a better way.

Alexander Howard

U.S. House of Representatives Allows Use Of Open Source Software

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander Howard | Posted 06.29.2015 | Technology

As the executive branch of the United States government quietly works on creating an official open source policy, the legislative branch is also movin...

Hey Boss -- My Product Strategy Is Telling you "NO!"

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.26.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Here is how it goes down. You turn the corner and the big boss (who never uses the product or speaks with customers) says "I have a great new idea for a feature."

The Product Manager vs. the Product Marketing Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.24.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Although the two roles differ (leading the product vs. leading the go-to-market), the intersection of the two positions is critical to delivering a successful product.

"Goal First" -- A Product Roadmapping How-To

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.23.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

The best boss I ever worked for (who was also one of my early mentors) beat into me the following "she with a plan wins." I hold on to that lesson today and typically am the first in a meeting to ask the 'wet blanket' question "why are we doing this?"

Hey Product Managers -- Stop Pissing Off the Engineers

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.22.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

So you are the product manager -- CEO of your domain -- and the go-to-guy for everything that matters. You help set the strategic framework for where your product and the business are headed and lead a cross-functional team to greatness.

Clean Desk, Clean Finances -- 5 Steps to Streamline Your Money Management

Jason Alderman | Posted 06.17.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Why do so many of us cling to paper-based systems to keep track of our money? In truth, some paper is necessary, but the most common response may be habit. As you're reassessing those habits, keep these five steps in mind.

The 4 Qualities of Marketing Leaders I Love to Hire

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.16.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

I once worked with a talented Marketing Manager named Nick (name changed) who had a strange habit that may surprise you. At least once a month, he would interview with another company. Nick seemed to do well in his role, and was well liked by his colleagues. But something did not add up.

Alexander Howard

Behind The Scenes Of Bloomberg Businessweek's Epic Explanation Of Code

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander Howard | Posted 06.15.2015 | Technology

Fifty-one years after Marshall McLuhan first wrote "The Medium is the Message," Paul Ford's 38,000-word magnum opus on programming embodies that visio...

5 Essential Habits of Highly Productive Product Managers

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.11.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Great product managers are like many other high achievers. They seem to get more done in a month than most do in a year. When you find one you do everything you can to keep them, and you would gladly trade 10 good PMs for one that was great.

The Blueprint of Business Strategy Is the Business Model

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.08.2015 | Business
Vala Afshar

Osterwalder's mission is to help companies innovate with the best tools using sound business models and value propositions. In order to better understand his vision and mission, I asked Osterwalder to provide a high-level overview of business model innovation.

When The Heck Did Learning To Code Become Cool?

Ken Mazaika | Posted 05.29.2015 | Technology
Ken Mazaika

With the prevalence of social media, and the epic rise of companies like Instagram and "tech celebrities" like Zuckerburg, it has never been cooler to be a software developer. Breaking into the world of development is radically different, but the process is the same: Don't be afraid to break stuff.

Cow Chips and Politics

Don Ringe | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Don Ringe

Several years ago, I bought into the notion that GSR (Galvanic Skin Response) technology could be a measurement used in political focus groups to analyze the intensity of a group member's response to a series of TV spots.

5 Ways Technology Can Help Your Nonprofit Do More Good

Sarah Hillware | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Sarah Hillware

The way people give is constantly changing. People may care about your cause, but it doesn't mean they will donate. So what drives them?

How to Turn a Consulting Business into a $35M Tech Empire

Sean Kim | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Sean Kim

Our lovely and humble guest, Rand Fishkin, has built a $36,000,000 (yes, that's 6 zeros) annual business, that helps other companies with their SEO and other marketing strategies.

How Confident Leaders Silence the Office Screamer

Brian de Haaff | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

When someone starts screaming, your first impulse may be to scream right back. Because you are the boss. That response will not work, and it puts you right in the middle of the argument -- the last place you want to be.

15 Crucial Emojis That Are Still Missing

Allison Bagley | Posted 06.26.2015 | Women
Allison Bagley

If emojis were designed to save time in digital communication, in addition to releasing more diverse options it would have been nice to see 15 still-missing emojis that are part of many females' regular texting vocabulary.

Have A Big Social Idea? Jump In And The Funding Will Come

Emo Kadiyski | Posted 06.21.2015 | Impact
Emo Kadiyski

My experience as a teacher made me believe that while education is hard work, when students are motivated and inspired, nothing is impossible. So I started dreaming that if I could inspire young people in Vratsa to gain and develop IT skills, we might awaken the potential of our hometown.

7 Ways to Build an App That Users Trust

Himanshu Sareen | Posted 06.08.2015 | Technology
Himanshu Sareen

When it comes to building an app, there are a ton of best practices that are seen as essential in creating a cohesive, user-friendly experience. These typically involve overarching design details, but also include everything from monetization options to specific platform considerations.

In Brazil, Water Is Power

Jake Levine | Posted 05.22.2015 | Green
Jake Levine

In spite of these efforts, there is one resource that Brazil is ignoring: its consumers. Provided with the right information, and engaged at the right time, millions of consumers could help stem Brazil's water crisis by saving water and electricity.

How I Beat Quicken's Upgrade-or-Else Scheme

Jeff Fox | Posted 05.11.2015 | Technology
Jeff Fox

A few years ago, I began to question whether each new version's bells and whistles, many of which I didn't need, were worth the price. Then there were the changes Intuit had made to the program's user interface over the years that forced me to change my habits.

Why Do So Many Software Engineers Hate Java?

Quora | Posted 05.09.2015 | Technology
Quora

First, let's cover the technical issues. It's verbose, combines the worst of both worlds between static and dynamic typing by having a hobbled but extremely clunky type system, and mandates running on a VM that has a macroscopic startup time (not an issue for long-running servers, but painful for command-line applications).

Disrupting the Status Quo With Glassbreakers

Samantha_Harris | Posted 05.05.2015 | Technology
Samantha_Harris

We break bread, we break rules, we even break-fast -- but rarely do we break the glass ceiling together. It's 2015 and only 4.2 percent of Fortune CEOs are women, out of 500 companies on the S&P there are only 24 female CEOs.

Life Lessons From a NASA Flight Software Engineer

Laura Faye Tenenbaum | Posted 05.05.2015 | Science
Laura Faye Tenenbaum

Unless you call yourself a rocket scientist, you probably don't think your daily routine has much in common with flight software engineering. But you would be wrong. If you skip the bits about the flying, disregard the software and pay no attention to the engineering, then what you're left with is some amazingly useful life lessons.