In Search of Digital Excellence
DECEMBER 15, 2013
When Karl-Heinz Streibich, CEO of Software AG invited me to help with his book The Digital Enterprise: The Moves and Motives of the Digital Leaders, he invoked Tom Peters and his best seller In Search of Excellence. Karl-Heinz said we.
Product Planning Series: Information Architecture, Flowcharts and Wireframes
JANUARY 8, 2012
Many of them then start writing the GUI code one component at a time without having developed an information architecture that provides context to each component. Product Development Software startup SaaS wireframe web design information architecture design documentation flow chart GUI
4 Benefits Of Using The Cloud To Manage Your Startup
MAY 9, 2016
If you’re just getting started in business, you have a lot of essential systems to manage: customer service, accounting, information storage, communications systems, and more. Fortunately, you can find solutions for managing all these in the cloud. Manageable Labor Costs.
Slack, Chatbots, and Voice: At the Intersection of Humans and APIs
MARCH 8, 2016
On the one hand it feel like progress that the API gets serious product management type attention. Too long have we ignored the fundamentals of software architecture and design. Product Strategy api chatbots microservices product architecture slack SOA
12 things product managers should do in their first 30 days at a new company
JULY 29, 2014
Congratulations, a product has found its product manager. Set clear expectations with the CEO or your manager. Schedule time with your lead engineer to walk through the product’s technical architecture, in deep detail. Product Management This article was originally published at The Next Web. Perhaps you’re joining a small startup, or maybe you have a new project in a big company.
The Right Management Team Transforms Chaos Into Calm
NOVEMBER 18, 2013
When it comes to creating structure, one of the most important--and challenging--issues for second-stagers is building a management team. Granted, you may have been able to manage everyone when you only had a few employees. a general contracting and architecture firm in Irvine, Calif.
The Art of How Not to Manage Your Business
Up and Running
OCTOBER 3, 2014
’, regardless of whether you operate an architectural firm, a waste management facility, or a cafe and especially if you’re not seeing results. Share your own story with Bplans: how did you learn to manage your business better? If it’s not working, change something.
Dual Founders Manage Technology Startups Better
Startup Professionals Musings
JULY 31, 2012
Use existing team to find a new manager or peer. If you already have some technical people on board, like software developers, and need a new manager, you supply the candidates based on credentials, and let them do initial interviews and make recommendations.
Former Head of Microsoft Israel Dreams of Billion Dollar Israeli Startups
OCTOBER 18, 2011
Moshe joined Microsoft in 1991 as a product manager after a career as a software developer. He worked on his MBA at MIT’s Sloan School of Management (leaving in the middle for a job at Microsoft in Israel) and received his computer engineering degree from the Technion in Haifa, Israel.
What we can learn from the evolution of Content Management Systems
The Next Web
FEBRUARY 20, 2014
2 nd decade (early 2000): The First Content Management Systems (CMS). In 2003, another CMS, called WordPress, came into play, and with its plugin architecture, WordPress quickly won the hearts of the development community. Viktor Marohni?
Lessons Learned: Sharding for startups
Startup Lessons Learned
JANUARY 4, 2009
Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Sunday, January 4, 2009 Sharding for startups The most important aspect of a scalable web architecture is data partitioning. So far, this is just a summary of what all of us who have attempted to build web-scale architectures considers obvious. The solution is to build an architecture that works for the startup condition. To me, the optimal architecture is one that serves four goals simultaneously.
How does Etsy manage development and operations?
Code as Craft
FEBRUARY 4, 2011
Recently, someone asked, “ How does Etsy manage development and operations? with these comments: Etsy seems to have scaled far and fast, whilst continuing to add new features; how is all this managed – is there a strictly-defined process within which engineers operate, or is it a case of hiring clever people and letting them get on with it (Facebook-style)? All designers at Etsy code and product managers code at various levels, too.
Construction Business Resources
Up and Running
AUGUST 4, 2016
This publication puts the spotlight on commercial interior design and architecture, an angle most other sites don’t take. Managing a Business construction business construction company Management resourcesThe construction industry is a behemoth.
New York, London, San Francisco — The Latest Product Management Opportunities
The Product Guy
JUNE 18, 2016
Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. Technical Product Manager/Solutions Architect @ Lifion, by ADP (NYC (Chelsea)) Keywords: Agile, Architecture, Product Management, Software Engineering, UI Design [link]. Sr Product Manager – Enterprise @ Bitnami (San Francisco, CA) Keywords: Cloud, Container, Enterprise, open source, virtualization [link].
Product Planning Series: Project Management
APRIL 28, 2011
Bringing up a new web app is much more than a technical project management effort. In order to have a successful outcome all affected constituencies will need to be involved in developing the program plan, so that key milestones and dependencies are identified from the get-go and actively and aggressively managed so that there will be no surprises halfway down the line that will result in a significant project delay. Server side architecture design finalized.
Think about Performance Before Building a Web Application
FEBRUARY 10, 2016
We’ve heard this from startup founders, product managers, development team leads, CTOs, and others who see their product gaining traction, but simultaneously see performance falling off a cliff. Performs modestly complex calculations without requiring complex architecture.
Looking for a new product management job? Check out these 4 openings
The Product Guy
NOVEMBER 16, 2014
Thousands of employers across all areas of product, from management to design, from digital to physical, are looking to fill positions from our community. Product Manager, UX Design (New York, NY) Keywords: content, delight, design, uii, ux [link]. Associate Product Manager, Video Integration @ FreeWheel (New York, NY) Keywords: architecture, transcoding, Video integration, video player [link]. product jobs product management
Driving Product Growth with Customer Interviews in 20 days
The Product Guy
APRIL 25, 2017
After much deliberation, I eventually narrowed down my user segments from 6 to a more manageable 3. We’re product managers for a reason – we can decipher the important from the unimportant (and hopefully everything in between).
Product Management 101
Platforms and Networks
DECEMBER 29, 2012
This fall at Harvard Business School , we launched Product Management 101, a course for academic credit that uses a "learning-by-doing" approach to build basic PM skills, rather than the classic HBS case method approach. As I've written in a course note co-authored with Jeff Bussgang and Rob Go , product manager is a fantastic entry-level general management position for MBAs. Database architectures?
One on One
AUGUST 30, 2012
Perhaps the CEO’s most important operational responsibility is designing and implementing the communication architecture for her company. The architecture might include the organizational design, meetings, processes, email, yammer and even one-on-one meetings with managers and employees. Absent a well-designed communication architecture, information and ideas will stagnate and your company will degenerate into a bad place to work. Best Practices Management People
Change aversion: why users hate what you launched (and what to do about it)
APRIL 24, 2012
Interface changes: visual redesigns, interaction changes, information re-architecture. A savvy change-management strategy can cut down on negative reactions, focus users on benefits, and make the change more successful. If so, did it push you to proactively manage subsequent changes?
Founder Challenges with Startup Development Teams and CTOs
MAY 21, 2013
On the other side, signs that your team is doing well are: a high service level and availability of the product/system a high throughput of effective change a low amount of unplanned work a culture of change management a culture of continual improvement a culture of root-cause analysis Source of the Problem Most of the time, the cause of these challenges come down to: Communication / Process How well does the C-level team work together to define priorities, specific development tasks?
DECEMBER 5, 2012
For example, for engineering managers the comprehensive knowledge of the code base and engineering team is usually more important and difficult to acquire than knowledge of how to run scalable engineering organizations. Equally difficult is managing them effectively once they come on board. Management – Even if an executive does a superb job achieving her goals, that doesn’t mean she is building a strong and loyal team. Best Practices Management Hiring senior managers
It’s An Agile World
NOVEMBER 25, 2013
For three years management has been trying to fix the problem, and the fix is always “just around the corner” It’s broken at every level, from the week-long deployment processes, the 50% failure rate for deploys, and the inability to scale the service. ” I finally convinced my manager to give me and one other engineer two months to work on a rearchitecture effort in secret, even though our group has nothing to do with the actual web services.
10 Course Corrections Every Startup Should Memorize
NOVEMBER 25, 2012
He does a great job in the book of making the case for management systems, rather than gut-level reactions, to make required course corrections (pivots), to dramatically improve the odds for success. Business architecture pivot. Eric Ries image via Fast Company.
Public Relations Tips for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs [Webinar Recap]
Up and Running
DECEMBER 16, 2014
One of my clients is an architect, and at the beginning of the relationship he said, “Jennefer, I do not want to be in any of the architecture publications. As a result, we don’t put him in any of the architecture books.
Measure twice, cut once
MARCH 19, 2014
Yet as the product manager, at each team meeting I’d hear from our engineers about the growing burden FTP represented. The original deadline for shutting down FTP was a change in Google architecture that would have required we entirely re-write the FTP service for it to continue to work. Product Management This article was originally published on Medium. What you remove is as important as what you add.
Mesosphere: A Platform for the Next Generation Datacenter
JUNE 9, 2014
A new architectural era in computing is upon us, and the datacenter is changing to accommodate it. These new datacenters—as pioneered and designed by Facebook, Google, and Twitter—are defined by hyper-scale deployments of thousands of servers, requiring a new software architecture to manage and aggregate these systems. The companies that buy into this architecture do not abandon virtualization, containers, or other approaches.
Why We Invested in Rubrik
Lightspeed Venture Partners
MARCH 24, 2015
Just as Apple built a time machine to protect Macs, Rubrik has built a powerful time machine for enterprise cloud infrastructure that unites data management with web-scale technology. A $47 Billion Data Management Market.
TechEmpower Benchmarks and the Microsoft ASP.NET Core 1.0 Performance Story
JULY 19, 2016
This new release is one of the most significant architectural updates we’ve done to ASP.NET. Scott Hunter, Director of Program Management on the App Plat team at Microsoft, tells a bit of the story on the DotNet Rocks Podcast (starting around 19:00).
Watching Larry Ellison become Larry Ellison — The DNA of a Winner
SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
Larry didn’t practice any kind of textbook management, but he was an intense communicator and inspiring leader. Relational architecture (a collection of data organized as a set of formally described tables) in the first place—all new stuff, and technically compelling.
Why Startups Should Train Their People
MAY 14, 2010
Most managers seem to feel that training employees is a job that should be left to others. I, on the other hand, strongly believe that the manager should do it himself.”. Andy Grove, High Output Management. When I first became a manager, I had mixed feelings about training. Then I read chapter 16 of Andy Grove’s management classic High Output Management entitled Why Training is The Boss’s Job and it changed my career. Performance Management.
Startups Lessons: Product First
AUGUST 2, 2013
The early architecture conditions created what engineers called “technical debt” and that effectively became weaponized to stall significant investment in fixing the old in order to build the future. In the absence of an org structure that creates a constructive tension between the product management and product engineering sides of the house engineers will work on things that are interesting to engineers but fail to advance the business.
Abandoning Comfort in the Pursuit of Passion
AUGUST 24, 2016
However, my architectural interests were never far from my mind. I decided to indulge in some small architectural ventures in my spare time, toying with design and innovation on a small scale at home. Lack of management is one of the top reasons startups fail.
Chaos and Complexity #3: Managing expectations
SEPTEMBER 28, 2010
What daily challenges face a project manager or leader in chaotic situations? If you can’t manage this I’ll put someone else in charge. That being the case, what can the project manager do? Stay with risk management.
Developer Focus: Dominic St Pierre, Focus Centric
FEBRUARY 6, 2012
Bunker is a project management and online billing service built by small web application developer Focus Centric that is positioned for use by freelancers and small businesses.
The Enterprise Is Cool Again, and Box CEO Aaron Levie Is Loving It
NOVEMBER 27, 2012
We’re going to see, over the next decade, a huge changing of IT architecture.”. A New Cloud Architecture Emerges. Every day, Levie says, he’s on the phone with CIOs who are building what he calls “the new cloud architecture.”
The Challenges of Setting up Your Own Design Consultancy in China – Interview With Andreas Thomczyk of anyScale
DECEMBER 16, 2013
Andreas is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of anySCALE, an exclusive design firm focusing on interior design, and architecture. Note from Shlomo: This is interview #5 of the Dim Sum project! We get traction! And this time here is your lesson about building a design firm in Beijing. If you want to join in the project, email directly to Kevin! Thanks to Joshua A. Raff for conducting the interview!
7 Business Lessons from the Golden Gate Bridge
Up and Running
SEPTEMBER 26, 2014
Below, I’ll discuss seven business lessons you can learn from one of the world’s most well-known pieces of architecture. Inspiration Managing a Business Success Stories business lessons golden gate bridge “Rushing Home” by Ann Rea.
The IAM Stack Refresh
MARCH 27, 2014
The demands that mobility and APIs are putting on businesses, and how architectural limitations in traditional IAM stacks mean their relevance in the market will invariably decline. We put together a solutions brief on web and API access management, if you are interested.