Phil

Technology & digital product enthusiast. Still searching for the perfect t-shirt.

Must read article for Product Managers: “Behind Every Great Product”

SVPG’s Marty Cagan in Behind Every Great Product: I hoped you noticed that in literally every one of these examples, the winning solutions didn’t come from users or sales; rather great products require an intense collaboration with design and engineering to solve real problems for our users and customers, in ways that meet the needs

Demand Validation

I’ve been researching different approaches to understanding and prioritising product features and the concept of demand validation really stands out. Demand validation is a testing methodology that ties in with lean principals to figure out ways to answer the question “do people want to use this?” “Is this product usable?” is answered by usability testing. “Do people want

How to run a Hooroo Hack

I’ve been running the company-wide hack at Hooroo for the last year or so and I thought I’d share how they happen. There isn’t a lot of great info on the web on the topic of running Hack Days and where there is, everyone is doing things slightly differently. I’ll let this serve as a contribution to

Industries that satisfy themselves and not their consumers

Bob Lefsetz on Billboard’s new chart: “Industries that satisfy themselves and not their consumers are headed for extinction. We see it over and over again. Whether it be the greedy cab companies or the overpriced hotel industry. They didn’t see Uber and Airbnb coming. But who wants to ride in a filthy cab with a

Carly Guthrie shares what she’s learned about why people quit

There are a number of ways to keep your best people, but no silver bullet. As you think through your own retention strategy, remember the following: Recognize that employees have lives outside of work — cultivate a deep respect for employees’ time. When employees leave because of their boss, it rarely comes from personality mismatches;

You are not a product

Your social network is owned by advertisers. Every post you share, every friend you make and every link you follow is tracked, recorded and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold. We believe there is a better way. We believe