Product Development

Hack Days FTW

So awesome. TaskRabbit’s new business model & product direction was born out of a company Hack Day. In August, TaskRabbit held a hack day devoted to reimagining the service. “If you started TaskRabbit today,” Busque asked her team of roughly 50, “what would the world look like?” A product manager named Andy Jih became interested in what he called

Arbitrary References to Waterfall and Agile

“To be as predictable as possible and to maximize time to ROI, we need to have clear conversations around the characteristics of the teams that are best suited to the problems we are trying to solve. Understand if your project is convergent or divergent, determine the appropriate amount of planning, assess if your project would

Foursquare’s Tips

“It lowers the barrier: When everyone else has written two sentences, it’s easier for you to write two sentences, so we get a wider variety of reviews from people,” Crowley says, “as opposed to that super passionate or super angry person that wanted to write three to four paragraphs. I’m glad we made the decision

Dribbble’s community centric prioritisation

“The priority has always been, first and foremost, to feature the work and the designer,” Cederholm explains. “We’ve intentionally kept the UI agnostic (monochrome, Helvetica type, simple glyphs) so that the variety of work being shared takes the spotlight and isn’t overshadowed by Dribbble’s brand. “Over time, many of the features we’ve added have been

Developer & Product Pair Programming

Each Friday for the past couple of weeks I’ve been pair programming with one of the UI developers on the team at Hooroo. It’s not uncommon for development & test teams to partake in pair programming but it is certainly new for me in my product management role. The benefits have been clear and I