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February 23, 2017

5 Common App Design and Development Mistakes to Avoid

Finally finishing development of your first mobile app is an exhilarating feeling. And it’s one that quickly fades when that app is rejected from Apple’s App Store. Thousands of iOS developers endure this emotional roller coaster every week. But acceptance isn’t the end of the road. A whopping 59 percent of apps generate so little revenue that they don’t even recoup development costs. Beyond painful rejections and inadequate monetization, poor development practices can also hurt users and cause PR nightmares. Just ask the developers of EnergyRescue. In January, the battery- saving app was booted from Google’s Play Store after a security vendor discovered it had been embedded with ransomware because of a development oversight.

February 22, 2017

How to Manage Your Innovation Team Without Quashing Creativity

When presented with the first iPod prototype, Steve Jobs famously dropped it into an aquarium. The bubbles that rose to the top proved the device could be smaller; it could be better. Since then, Jobs' lesson to Apple engineers has only become more relevant. In a world of ever accelerating change, continuous innovation is the only way companies can stay ahead.

February 21, 2017

5 Startups That Could've Been Saved By Stronger Product Roadmaps

A year from now, will your product still be in play? 

 To create something users can’t put down, you need a product roadmap. While roadmaps can’t predict the future, they can help your team stay on target when evolving your product. 
 The brain behind your product roadmap should be your product manager. Think of the PM as the architect of your product’s blueprint. For startups without PMs, a lead designer or engineer is the best person to plan your product’s future. Regardless of who you choose to craft the roadmap, it’s essential to tap someone who understands the delicate balance between business, technical, and user needs. This person’s roadmap can help you avoid a number of product problems that will, sooner or later, come back to bite you.

February 09, 2017

Customer Research & Mobile Excellence: An Interview With Jon Hoover Of Procore

As a product manager at Procore Technologies, Jon Hoover is responsible for the discovery and delivery of two world class mobile applications built for the construction professional. Procore for iOS and Procore for Android are both natively built for each platform by a dedicated team of in-house developers. He works with them to research, design, and develop apps that meet very specific customer needs. He meets with customers in their native environments, solicits feedback from internal marketing-facing teams, partners with executive and strategy teams, and works closely every day with designers and developers. He owns the product vision for Procore’s mobile applications, and works closely with other Product Managers to ensure changes made to Procore's mobile platform are done in concert with all other platforms.

February 08, 2017

3 Tips For Writing Better Creative Briefs

Every great relationship is built on strong communication. Relationships between product or marketing leaders and creatives often hit rough patches when communication breaks down.