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’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!…

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.…

There’s an old anecdote about a chicken and a pig. It goes like this: A pig and a chicken are walking down the road. The chicken says: “Hey Pig, I was thinking we should open a restaurant!” Pig replies: “Hmmm, maybe. What would we call it?” The chicken responds: “How about ‘Ham-n-Eggs’?” The pig thinks for a moment and says: “No thanks. I’d be committed, but you’d only be involved.…

You have an idea. You’ve thought it through, and you’ve decided that software is the best way to bring this idea to life. At this point, you have a some guesses about how to improve the lives of your potential customers. You set out and you start building some features. You talk to customers and get feedback throughout the build, but eventually, you arrive at this question: when do you put working software in the hands of customers for real-world use?…

Welcome back to my 3-part review of Bertrand Meyer’s, Agile! The Good, the Hype and the Ugly. As a quick refresher, last time, in part 2, I took a look at what Meyer considers “hyped” about agile methods. In part 1, I took a look at Meyer’s take on what’s ugly about agile. This week I’ll take a look at what Meyer considers both good and brilliant about agile. Meyer considers these agile practices the cream of the crop and thinks they’ve done a lot for software development.…

Welcome back to my three-part review of Bertrand Meyer’s, Agile! The Good, the Hype and the Ugly. As a quick refresher, last time I took a look at what Meyer considers “ugly” about agile methods. This week I’ll take a look at what Meyer considers “hyped” about agile. Meyer considers these agile practices neither helpful nor hurtful to building impactful products. While many of these practices can be beneficial, they need to be examined on a project-by-project basis to ensure that they are applied appropriately.…

At MojoTech, we constantly evaluate our processes and tools to improve the way we build great products for our clients. We follow the Agile Methodology but employ its various techniques dependent on the needs of an individual project. Opinions regarding these techniques can vary immensely, so I, along with my fellow Product Managers, recently read Bertrand Meyer’s, Agile! The Good, the Hype and the Ugly. Our aim was to brush up on our agile best practices and make certain we were avoiding its pitfalls.…

Businesses are always looking for an easy “silver bullet” to success. For most things, one doesn’t exist. But if you want to always have happy customers and clients who see your relationship as a successful one and refer you to their friends, there is one thing you can and must do. That one thing? Meeting expectations. People are always talking about exceeding expectations, and that’s a very good thing, but the reality is that simply by meeting expectations, you’ll be far, far ahead of the pack.…

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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