Oct 31 2018

Goal Setting For Product Managers

Setting goals In order to accomplish anything important, you need to set multiple goals. Your goals need to be both in the big and in the small. The small goals that you set every day will help you hit the larger ones in the end. It’s often

Sep 26 2017

How to Successfully Kick Off Your Product Discovery Process

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

Aug 29 2017

Product Management Biases (And How to Avoid Them)

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

Feb 09 2017

Why Products Built by Large Teams Fail So Often

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

Feb 25 2016

A day in the life of a MojoTech Project Lead

MojoTech, like most companies, has the concept of a Project Lead. Initially, I wasn't sure what to expect when I took on my role as Project Lead, so I'm writing this post to shed a little light on the responsibilities and expectations of the role, as

Nov 25 2015

What do healthy software projects have in common?

At MojoTech, we’ve worked on many projects. While each presents unique challenges, over time patterns emerge. Healthy projects ship on time and work as expected, and they are built by empowered teams who respond quickly to changes. On the other hand,

Jun 19 2015

Project management vs. product management: you need them both.

Most software development projects fail. It’s an unpleasant truth, but a truth nonetheless. There are ways you can hedge against failure and set yourself up for success. For example, you can invest time in validating your idea before you get

Jun 04 2015

How do you define the ultimate success of your project?

These days, more and more people are taking an iterative approach to development. And that’s a very good thing. We have an idea, we validate it with an MVP, and we keep building from there. But as a byproduct of the “baby steps” approach, there’s

Apr 09 2015

How PSDs get you into trouble.

In our industry we commonly provide clients with some form of high-fidelity visual prototype of what they want to build. We use these prototypes to guide the discussion and gain feedback. However, these visual assets (often Adobe Photoshop Documents

Jan 23 2015

Redefining the project management triangle.

One of the big business cliches is the Project Management Triangle. The triangle has three points: Quality, Speed and Price. image The idea is that for any project, you get to “pick two.” That is, you can have something done fast and cheap, but