Foreword to Digital Product Management

Digital Product Management: Design websites and mobile apps that exceed expectations written by Kristofer Layon was published by New Riders earlier this year. It’s a wonderful book on the product management process, from understanding the market and defining your value, to prioritizing features and creating a roadmap, to testing an MVP and measuring your success. [Keep Reading…]

User Experience Coaching for Drupal.org

Yesterday the Drupal Association announced that I will be their user experience coach for the reinvention of Drupal.org. It is such an honor to have been awarded the opportunity to guide their extensive user research and product strategy initiative over the next several months. Many organizations would prefer to outsource to agencies to solve their [Keep Reading…]

Equality and Transparency at Conferences

Yesterday I received information that speakers at GiantConf were being unequally compensated. [Their response] I did not take the news well. I got angry and I reacted harshly rather than respond with mindfulness and compassion. Feeling deceived, I went to a negative place rather than attempt to make the situation positive. I appreciate that the [Keep Reading…]

Who Do We Think We Are?

In my April contribution to The Pastry Box Project, Who Do We Think We Are?, I share my frustration with the rampant intellectual bullying I have observed in our community, and how I’ve overcome my own tendency to contribute to it. Now we’ve all heard the saying about the cobbler’s children having no shoes, and [Keep Reading…]

Who Gets Billion-Dollar Acquisitions?

Oculus VR acquired by Facebook for $2 Billion in 2014 WhatsApp acquired by Facebook for $19 Billion in 2014 AirWatch acquired by VMware for $1.54 Billion in 2014 Nest acquired by Google for $3.2 Billion in 2013 SoftLayer acquired by IBM for $2 Billion in 2013 Tumblr acquired by Yahoo for $1.1 Billion in 2013 [Keep Reading…]