The Product Manager is an essential player in the software development process. Yet, we often find ourselves answering a troubling question when sitting down with eager prospective clients. “Why do I need a PM? I already know what I want to build.” One aspect of the Product Manager’s role is addressing and finding the perfect balance between building the right product and building the product right. What’s the difference, you say?…

You and your marketing team spend a tremendous amount of time and energy getting people to visit your company’s website. You run ads. Publish content. Attend community events and hand out pens. Lots and lots of pens. And it works. People come to your website, driven by the need to find a plan for themselves and their families. They want to learn about the plans you offer, Medicare, and what coverage is provided.…

If you’re an engineer at a digital product company or agency, you’re probably no stranger to the principles of the agile method, sprints, and scrums. You know that they pretty much mean “work fast and avoid blockers”. These methods and processes are a great way to work quickly and efficiently, and we devoutly subscribe to them at MojoTech. Now if you’re an engineer at a digital product company, you’re also likely to work alongside the Design team and you’ve probably heard them mention Sketch.…

Shipping products for our clients is at the core of what we do as a Product Design team. Our expertise and experience is why our clients trust us enough to come back and work with us for multiple engagements. But shipping a good product goes beyond a well thought-out user experience, beautiful UI, and flawless interaction model. A good product starts with excellent communication between all team members so that every player is engaged and working together to solve the same problem.…

Imagine for a second you’re renovating your kitchen. You’ve hired an interior designer and a contractor to build things out. They’re incredible at what they each do, but it doesn’t take long to see they can’t communicate. The kitchen eventually gets built, but it took too long, cost too much, and now the sink keeps catching fire. In software, that understanding — between designers, engineers, product managers, and especially clients — is just as essential.…

Brandon is an alum of the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. After growing up in the mountains of Colorado, he moved to Denver for school and has been there ever since. Brandon’s experience has taken him from a small product design agency, to his own two-partner design studio, to MojoTech, where he enjoys the challenge of solving real-world problems. He’s a major coffee snob and is often seen hanging out with his wife, and Dachshund, Parker.…

We’ve given hundreds of talks and written millions of righteous words about the problems we solve; insisting that designers don’t just “make things pretty” — that we make the world a better place. We pointed to industry giants like Dieter Rams and Viktor Papanek as examples of designers who’ve solved meaningful problems. We wanted, and still want, to continue that proud tradition. But too many designers fresh out of school don’t want to be Rams; they want to be Stefan Sagmeister.…

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Andy Davies is a designer from Providence, but got his start in San Francisco, where he built a lot of websites for startups before moving into building systems and identities for foundations and open-source movements. Andy originally studied print design, but annoyed his professors by turning every project into an app or website. In his free time, Andy enjoys drawing black metal album covers, trail running, and judging other people’s taste in beer.…

Designing interactions and states is a hard job to get right the first time. What looks good in a static comp often needs adjustments when implemented. There is a tendency to overcompensate to express a change that is easily recognizable sans-interaction. Also, once you start using the app you might find that what you originally designed is just plain wrong. Adding to the mix is how your components will react in different scenarios, like when data changes.…

Remembering what you did yesterday, for today’s standup meeting just got a whole lot easier. StandupHub Beta allows you to store and share daily updates, blockers, and goals in one place, while preventing you from falling prey to “standup amnesia”. If you don’t know what a standup is or why you need one, a daily standup is a brief product development meeting where each designer and developer answers three questions:…

On paper, MojoTech’s resume looks pretty impressive. Since its inception in 2008, MojoTech has launched more than 100 products by partnering with clients to deliver software that solves their most complex business problems. MojoTech was ranked the 42nd fastest growing software company in America by Inc. Magazine, and was listed as one of 2016’s Best Places to Work for the third year running, by Providence Business News, who also awarded co-founder Chris Shoemaker “CTO of the Year”.…

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