The Minimum Viable Mobile User Experience

Slides and notes from my University of Minnesota Web Standards presentation about how product management methodology can increase design and development success. The presentation highlights what what “minimum viable” means (it’s not just the least amount of work possible!), ways to think about design and feature prioritization for web and mobile, and how to communicate about…

2012: a great year

2012 was a really great year, and I thank everyone who played roles in making it so fantastic. I’m particularly indebted to my coworkers at Capella. I made a major transition from design and design management to product management when I accepted a job here in 2011, and it’s been a wonderful career change. I…

Technology alone is not enough.

Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing. I’ll never forget the thrill of seeing Steve Jobs on stage at WWDC in 2010 and 2011. In 2010, the enthusiasm was about the new iPhone 4. There was so…

The Management Problem

Today, Whitney Hess wrote a great blog post entitled The Management Problem. In it, she argues: The problem with managers is that they’re totally disconnected from the everyday doing [that is] getting done. She goes on to suggest a solution, that it’s a designer’s and developer’s responsibility to make sure that their managers understand and…

Products and projects

Sometimes there can be some confusion around products versus projects and, especially, product management versus project management. They sound so similar, they must be the same, right? No. An entire book could be written about the differences (and I might just do that someday!). Meanwhile, this post is meant to be a quick and shallow…

Dedication

The quality of being dedicated or committed to a task or purpose. The words with which a book or other creative work is dedicated. Today was an exciting day: my article Product Management for the Web was published in A List Apart no. 357. Being published in a peer-reviewed journal is a real honor. And,…

Marissa Mayer and product management for the web

There’s a reason that Yahoo! has hired Marissa Mayer away from Google to be their new CEO: she has a keen understanding of product management for the web. Watch this interview for some great insights about human-centered design and development, learned from years of managing web products at Google. Yahoo! also has some great web applications and…