An Approach for Finding Consensus in Complexity

May 19, 2015

Have you ever been in a lengthy meeting that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere? Building consensus among a large group is difficult. As Pivots, we train to get the best out of groups in a short period of time. Luckily, we learn our facilitation skills from fellow Pivots clevergirl and jfraser. Given that each group and problem is different, using these foundational skills to develop unique exercises to fit the situation is essential. ... Read more

Building It For Real From Day 1

May 1, 2015

Disclaimer: this is an attempt to build on Matthew Parker’s awesome post, How to talk to your friends about microservices, with a recent experience I had during an engagement. I just wrapped up two months in D.C. working with a client who is both trying to climb out of years of technical debt by moving to a 100% microservices architecture, while simultaneously offering a radically different customer experience. ... Read more

Going on a product hunt - Inbox by Google

November 26, 2014

This week the PM practice took a look at Inbox by Google, a brand new product aiming to change how we interact with email. Inbox by Google via BSN First, the on-boarding process is down right amazing. If you have a Google App already on your device, it makes use of Google sign-in to streamline the process. Getting started with the app is faster than anything we have seen. ... Read more

Going on a product hunt - UXCam

October 23, 2014

Product Hunt recently highlighted all the batch-10 startups who demoed at 500 startups demo day. The labs PM team decided to take a look at these fast moving startups and did a full review of UXCam, a SF startup aiming to democratize the UX lab. UXCam’s analytics platform allows developers, with the user’s permission, to capture video and screencasts of real users interacting with your app in real-life situations. ... Read more

Going on a product hunt - Alfred

September 18, 2014

Every Wednesday, Pivotal Labs Product Managers gather over lunch. Sometimes we discuss a book we have been reading. Other times we discuss a particular client’s product and offer feedback. Recently we have been trying a bit of an experiment: we critique products on Product Hunt. ... Read more

Why Executives Need To Embrace Experimentation

June 12, 2014

Funding New Products: Why Executives Need To Embrace Experimentation There is no question that the game has changed, and it is going to keep changing faster and faster. Making software (and recently hardware too) is easier and faster than ever before. A motivated team, using modern software methodologies and a network of services, has the power and ability to compete with any large enterprise. Today, the only competitive advantage is the ability to learn faster. ... Read more

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