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The Power of a Customer Advisory Council
Article // Sep 9, 2019 8:22:00 PM // 2 min read
The Power of a Customer Advisory Council

As long as you’re continuously talking to your customers, you don’t necessarily have to add more features, but you do need to improve how well you’re solving their problems. A great way to do this early on is by forming an advisory council.

What Makes a Healthy Design Team Healthy?
Article // Aug 30, 2019 6:02:00 PM // 3 min read
What Makes a Healthy Design Team Healthy?

This has been an interesting week. Monday I attended a product404 event where my friend Butler Raines talked about creating a product-led organization at SalesLoft. Then my book was released on Tuesday and my inbox exploded with questions like "why…

Do you *really* understand your User Journey?
Article // Aug 23, 2019 3:02:00 PM // 2 min read
Do you *really* understand your User Journey?

A User Journey is basically what it sounds like: the journey a user goes on when trying to accomplish a task. For example, you might think it’s pretty easy to open your phone and post something on social media. True, but when we break down all the…

Don't Build a MVP!
Article // Aug 16, 2019 3:09:00 PM // 5 min read
Don't Build a MVP!

A popular term in the startup world is MVP, or Minimum Viable Product. An MVP is the simplest version of your product that’s capable of demonstrating the value you have to offer the customer.

The Importance of a Great Design Process
Article // Aug 9, 2019 3:22:00 PM // 2 min read
The Importance of a Great Design Process

Ever notice a recurring theme in your life? I've had several conversations about process with people over the last few weeks. So many conversations, in fact, that I thought it was worth writing about here.

The Solution Is Your Destination
Article // Aug 2, 2019 2:10:00 PM // 2 min read
The Solution Is Your Destination

It’s easy to fly from New York to London as a passenger. You get on the plane, listen to the announcements, order a drink, watch a couple movies, and then land in London. It’s all very uneventful.

Fall in Love with the Problem, Not the Solution
Article // Jul 26, 2019 10:16:00 AM // 2 min read
Fall in Love with the Problem, Not the Solution

A few years ago, a bright-eyed entrepreneur came to me with an idea for a new app to help people accomplish their goals by saving more money. Saving enough money is a big problem in the US, so I took the meeting. That’s when it got weird.

Features vs Benefits: What's the Difference?
Article // Jul 19, 2019 4:58:00 PM // 3 min read
Features vs Benefits: What's the Difference?

It’s important to think about both features and benefits when you’re creating a product or service. What’s the difference? Features are generally quantifiable or tangible. Usually, they relate to a specification of a product or service. Benefits are…

How Your Customer's Brain Decides What to Pay For
Article // Jul 5, 2019 10:00:00 AM // 2 min read
How Your Customer's Brain Decides What to Pay For

The interplay between the three factors of your customer's needs, wants, and fears affects the perceived value of your product. Which is hugely important because it plays into how people decide what to pay.

The End of an Era at Apple
Article // Jun 28, 2019 12:45:00 PM // 1 min read
The End of an Era at Apple

Welp. It's over, kids. Or soon will be. The much celebrated and literal Knight of Design, Sir Jony Ive, has decided to leave Apple. The Financial Times broke the news yesterday saying

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