Product Strategy & Design Insights

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Topic: Design Thinking
Great Design Is Non-Negotiable — Here’s the Science to Prove It
Article // Mar 31, 2021 11:20:46 AM // 7 min read
Great Design Is Non-Negotiable — Here’s the Science to Prove It

Great design is not a luxury. It’s a necessity.   This bears repeating: Great design, a product that looks good and works well, is essential for success. Software has matured enough that you simply will not succeed with an ugly, ill-conceived…

Optimize Your Team by Applying Brain Science
Podcast // Mar 26, 2021 10:40:10 AM // 1 min read
Optimize Your Team by Applying Brain Science

The tech industry is full of stereotypes. The business exec who only talks in MBA acronyms and spreadsheets. The developer who’d rather code alone in a dark room than attend a co-worker’s birthday lunch. The diva designer who always insists on more…

Why Innovation Labs Don’t Work (and What to Do Instead)
Article // Feb 5, 2021 1:28:19 PM // 5 min read
Why Innovation Labs Don’t Work (and What to Do Instead)

What if you could lose weight by putting your friend on a diet? You could eat whatever you want and reap the benefits of your friend’s healthy habits by proxy. Scale this model to the masses and you’d be alarmingly rich. 

3 Steps to Faster Product Design Through Cross-Team Collaboration
Article // Jan 19, 2021 10:29:24 AM // 6 min read
3 Steps to Faster Product Design Through Cross-Team Collaboration

You know you need to keep pace with competitors, but you can’t seem to release new products or updates fast enough. And it’s not because you don’t have inventive ideas or dedicated employees. It’s too often the result of dysfunctional or inadequate…

Managing Design Across Multiple Departments
Webinar // Nov 4, 2020 8:41:37 AM // 1 min read
Managing Design Across Multiple Departments

As digital products, apps, and websites become more advanced and human-centered there is an increasing need for organizations to to stop “shipping the org chart” and work across departmental boundaries. This can be difficult, especially in large…

Chidi Afulezi - The Innovation Mindset
Podcast // Sep 9, 2020 7:46:16 AM // 1 min read
Chidi Afulezi - The Innovation Mindset

Innovation isn’t a project, it’s a mindset. It’s easy to fall into a pattern of approaching innovation with the same guidelines, principles, and processes that you would a project, but when it comes to real innovation isn’t the whole point to do…

Product & Design Leadership in the New Normal
Webinar // May 6, 2020 6:00:00 PM // 1 min read
Product & Design Leadership in the New Normal

The world has been turned upside down. The things we build and how we build them might never be the same. How are some of the smartest product people adapting and thinking about the future? HEAR FROM INDUSTRY LEADERS ON HOW THEY ARE: Leading Remote…

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…

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