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?…

At MojoTech, we care about building great products, but more importantly, we care about building the right products. And building the right product is hard. Because we can only build products based on the best information available to us, discovering better information is required if we want to build a better product. This is why we always try to start off new development projects with a Discovery Phase, in which we take all of the ideas about the product; analyze, research, and test our assumptions; and ruthlessly cut everything that doesn’t apply to our vision.…

At MojoTech, we’ve had many internal discussions about the line between project and product management in a client-services product management model. But there is a product practice area that we use for almost all of our clients: Discovery facilitation — also known as, how to communicate with people and get what you need from them. At some point, many product managers — even those who align with a single product or feature — will be in a position to facilitate a face-to-face Discovery session.…

As a product manager, our job is to shepherd the client’s vision to help make it a reality, and along the way make suggestions and improvements based on our research and our own experiences. It is the latter part that can expose when we bring our biases to a project. Which is to be expected — we are only human after all, so no one can fault you for these!…

While originally attending college to major in Biology, and then Philosophy, Lauren ultimately decided to leave school and work in the corporate world to help make up her mind as to what she wanted to do since she was clearly terrible at deciding without having more experience. During this time, she fell in love with technology and decided to go back to school for Software Engineering (while also working a laundry list of odd jobs, such as baker’s assistant and pizza delivery driver).…

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.…

Shaughnessy has lots of ideas, and all of them are great. While earning an English degree, working as a writer, and then becoming a business analyst in state government, she learned to communicate ideas in various forms: blogs, confessional poetry, software requirements, user stories, ill-advised tweets, PowerPoint presentations, and occasionally JavaScript. Outside of work as a professional idea-haver at MojoTech, she likes to spend time with family, cook (with science), look through telescopes, sing at weddings, compete in triathlons (the short kind), and organize potluck dinners.…

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.…

Furhana comes to MojoTech after working for a variety of companies both large and small. She has worked at a consulting company which employs over 100,000 people worldwide, a startup company that employed 6 people, and a few other places in between. She is passionate about doing great work, solving challenging problems and having fun along the way. She has a degree in electrical engineering and tries to instill her passion for technology in the next generation through her role as a robotics coach/mentor and judge.…

For all of us “mature” folk working hard to create value with technology, it is important to remember that the “A” word (agile) is nothing to be afraid of. You don’t have to unlearn everything you know, find brain space for a whole new lexicon, or grow your hair long enough to make a sterling silver topknot. Recently, I completed a mentoring session with a young entrepreneur in my homeland of Australia.…

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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