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How to Validate Your Product Roadmap
Article // Aug 18, 2020 11:48:01 AM // 7 min read
How to Validate Your Product Roadmap

In the classic film National Lampoon’s Vacation, Clark Griswold uses a simple computer program to map out the trip from Chicago to Los Angeles. He wants to get the family to WallyWorld and “maximize the fun time without missing out on any of the…

Why Now Is the Best Time to Invest in New Technology
Article // Jul 20, 2020 1:32:11 PM // 5 min read
Why Now Is the Best Time to Invest in New Technology

It might seem counter-intuitive to start any major new investments in today’s times. Companies in every industry face a lot of headwinds: a global pandemic, economic uncertainty, and history-making moves to deal with systemic racism and…

5 Steps for Conducting User Research the Right Way
Article // Jul 8, 2020 10:36:50 AM // 9 min read
5 Steps for Conducting User Research the Right Way

User research is one of the most impactful things you can do to improve your product. To make it an effective part of your design process, you need to adhere to some best practices and avoid shortcuts.

Serve your customers, not your competition.
Article // Jun 25, 2020 10:00:52 AM // 9 min read
Serve your customers, not your competition.

Just because you and your competitor are targeting the same market doesn’t mean you target the same customer. Spend enough time in any company and you’ll find yourself in a meeting listening to someone say “Our competitor has XYZ features. We should…

Apple’s Latest Announcements Will Improve Your Design Process
Article // Apr 16, 2020 5:25:02 PM // 2 min read
Apple’s Latest Announcements Will Improve Your Design Process

How Apple’s new iPhone SE and iPad trackpad support will change the way you design.

Shaping Your New Normal
Article // Mar 24, 2020 1:03:43 PM // 3 min read
Shaping Your New Normal

Everyone will have to adjust to changes in the world after the COVID-19 crisis is behind us. The "In-Person Economy" is eroding. Remote work will be more common. People will expect to do more things online than ever before. Many of the old norms you…

The Perpetual Validation Loop
Article // Sep 30, 2019 6:24:00 AM // 3 min read
The Perpetual Validation Loop

You’re going to loop back and forth between prototyping and testing, so what happens when it feels like you’re not getting any traction? This will probably happen. Don’t panic. When you’re stuck in a perpetual loop, it’s usually because you’re not…

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…

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