When you’re building a product with the Agile methodology, as we do here at Solstice, the backlog is your source of truth for the path to an MVP (minimum viable product). For large corporations, filling and prioritizing the backlog can involve details and decisions from a variety of different teams and business stakeholders. In order to stay on the right direction to accomplishing and building the right product, there are a number of best practices to think about.
Let’s just get it out there. The Scrum Master role and the project manager role are very separate and distinct. For someone new to Agile, the project manager and Scrum Master roles might seem similar, or even identical. But it is so important to recognize the differences between the two, recognize where some tasks may overlap, and recognize how they complement one another in large-scale projects.Read More
After presenting this topic at the Digital Strategy Innovation Summit in New York City last month, VP of Strategy and Innovation, Kelly Manthey sits down with Senior Marketing Manager, Megan Gilmore, to discuss the shift we are seeing in digtial marketing roles.Read More
Years ago, the wheel facilitated agriculture and commerce, allowing human beings to settle down and colonize. The printing press democratized learning, facilitating idea sharing and catalyzing the expansion of knowledge. And the compass ignited the Age of Discovery, bridging the distance between previously isolated cultures. We are born innovators. Innovation is actually part of what makes us human. It powers growth and pushes humanity forward. It transforms how we create, what we create and where we create. Innovation creates the core of who we are today, and who we will be tomorrow.
The manufacturing industry is ripe for disruption ... again. If we go back in time, the first wave of industrial change from information technology came when automated processes created efficiencies never seen before. Decades later, technology disrupted the industry again by enabling coordination across individual activities in the supply chain to better integrate operations. Now, the next era of tech disruption is here. Smart products.Read More
I recently ventured down to SXSW Interactive and it was an amazing experience. So many different tracks, so little time. One of the sessions that resonated with me was from Evernote CEO, Phil Libin. He started off with having the entire room of 500+ people stand up to play a game of Paper, Scissors, Rock. Everyone had to throw at the same time and if you tied or lost to Phil you had to sit down. After 3 rounds the crowd dwindled down to 10 people and they all received 10 years of premium Evernote service for free (why did I throw paper!?). This was a great segway into his discussion about the different phases of business that organizations go through: Paper, Scissors, and Rock. Phil mentioned how he commonly hears investors talk about how a space is "too crowded" to invest in. In his mind, it doesn’t matter how crowded the space is, as long as there are no “rocks” in the space. Let me explain...Read More
Contributions to this blog were made by Jessica Seiler
Feedback is a powerful tool that can help shape your product vision. It’s given in every scenario from the design of a logo to an interaction on an app. Sometimes, its tricky to give the right kind of constructive feedback that will really propel your project forward. Oftentimes, a major improvement can be made to the feedback process simply by educating those involved on how to give good feedback.Read More
Happy April Fool's Day! In typical tech fashion, innovative companies across the country are taking this year's April Fool's jokes to the next level (remember last year?). To save you from embarrassment of thinking that you can finally get an Uber cat driver, I am bringing you a roundup of today's best April Fool's jokes.Read More