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December 12, 2017

Applied Agile: A Methodology To Make Your Product Development More Strategic

The results are in: Across the board, businesses are winning with agile design and development. According to VersionOne's 11th "State of Agile" report, 98 percent of respondents say their organization has seen success from agile projects.

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.

January 10, 2017

10 Tips for Successful Product Roadmapping

Developing a digital product without a roadmap is like trying to cook a meal without a dish in mind. Sure, you might have all the right ingredients for a filet mignon. But if you don’t combine them in a thoughtful, considerate way, you’re likely to wind up with an underwhelming meatball. 


September 16, 2016

Boosting Collaboration Between Developers and Product Managers

Never underestimate a solid, communicative product manager. Not too long ago, our developers were creating a product that the client felt didn't need an involved manager. That left Yeti's team with lots of unanswered questions about what we were building — particularly about how features might affect the end user. After several ineffective sprints, we voiced our concerns, urging the client to allocate a product manager. The difference was night and day. Developers gained confidence, the product improved, and productivity soared.

June 16, 2016

Developing a Tech Product? Don’t Make These 10 Common Mistakes

Sometimes, good companies make bad product development decisions. Those can lead to failed products like Microsoft Bob, a living room-like user interface designed for novice PC users circa 1995. But most often, mistakes dig a pit of "soft costs" - wasted developer time, buggy software, or poor user acquisition that gulps down a product's profits. As technology experts who work with startups, enterprise corporations, and any companies in between, these are the technology product development mistakes we see most often: