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Pause, plan, proceed

by Jon Helmberger | insights | March 24, 2020

The process of planning is just as important, if not more important than the plan itself.

From Atoms to Pixels: Digital Product and Manufacturing
From Atoms to Pixels: Digital Product and Manufacturing

This is the fifth in our series of posts on The Product Mindset. See the first post in the series here: The Product Mindset. At first glance, software companies and manufacturing companies seem diametrically opposed: pixels vs atoms, machine learning vs. machines,...

Hybrid Cloud: “the best of both worlds”
Hybrid Cloud: “the best of both worlds”

Cloud deliveredThe cloud has successfully delivered on its promise to bring highly-scalable, resilient applications with seamless deployment while reducing infrastructure cost. This change has also assisted in more agile development with a better focus on return on...

The Product Mindset: Let Them Eat Cake
The Product Mindset: Let Them Eat Cake

For a clue about what a company or team (or a person or nation) values, just look at what it celebrates. After all, we celebrate things we're proud of or things that are meaningful to us. If you work in business or technology, you're likely familiar with the rituals...

The Product Mindset: Your Secret Weapon is Value
The Product Mindset: Your Secret Weapon is Value

This is the third in our series of posts on The Product Mindset. See the first post in the series here: The Product Mindset. As we've explored throughout this series, a surefire way for companies and teams to improve their value to their customers and align their own...

In Progress and the Curse of Reductionism
In Progress and the Curse of Reductionism

This is the third in our series of posts on The Product Mindset. See the first post in the series here: The Product Mindset. As we've explored throughout this series, a surefire way for companies and teams to improve their value to their customers and align their own...

Preparation Tips for a Virtual Interview
Preparation Tips for a Virtual Interview

Be prepared for something newSeeking a new job can be a stressful and time-consuming process. A virtual job search, though, is a new experience even for a seasoned job hunter. Virtual interviews are becoming more common, and while many of the old interview tips still...

Spring and Spock: Happy Together
Spring and Spock: Happy Together

Things change for the betterAbout four years ago I wrote a blog post describing how to use Mockito to mock dependencies within a Spring test.  You can find that blog post here: https://solutiondesign.com/insights/spring-and-mockito-happy-together/.  In the...

The Product Mindset: It’s Your Users’ Product
The Product Mindset: It’s Your Users’ Product

Insight This is the second in our series of posts on The Product Mindset. See the first post in the series here: The Product Mindset. Several years ago, one or another of my daughters (I have three) said, "Whoa. Dad has an Instagram?" First of all, my Instagram...

The Product Mindset
The Product Mindset

Insight Product is enjoying a moment. Twenty years ago, when I first landed a job with the title of "Product manager, interactive media," not many people even knew what the job was. (Confession: I may not have even known what the job was!). Now every smart company is...

What’s New With Microsoft in Autumn 2020
What’s New With Microsoft in Autumn 2020

There are so many great things happening in the Microsoft space these days, it’s hard to keep track of them all. I for one continue to be amazed at the pace in which Microsoft releases new Azure products. With hundreds of available products surrounding compute,...

Software Development with Agile Hybrid Projects
Software Development with Agile Hybrid Projects

Is Agile the only way?Often software development projects in highly regulated industries combine delivery methods of both Agile and traditional. The complexity of delivering projects in specific industries such as finance, medical, insurance and education require...