Why Engineers Should Participate in Discovery

Product Talk

Are you inviting your engineers to participate in discovery with you? Does your organization prefer that your engineers only write code? Marty Cagan , in Inspired , argues, “If you’re just using your engineers to code, you’re only getting about half their value.”

How great Product Managers contribute to great engineering cultures

The Product Coalition

Great engineers leave when they are no longer excited by an opportunity. These engineers are in demand, they have other companies constantly knocking on their doors, pitching them exciting opportunities, as well as money, in an attempt to convince them to leave.

How to Hook Users in 3 Steps: An Intro to Habit Testing

Nir Eyal

Changing user habits isn’t easy — but understanding how to conduct Habit Testing will increase your odds of success. In this video, I provide a brief introduction to the three steps of Habit Testing.

Why your engineering processes need to solve real problems

Inside Intercom

I came to Intercom from a company with a culture of heavyweight engineering processes. It was a well-oiled machine with battle-tested and often updated procedures. From an engineering perspective, it successfully kept you focused on coding. When I started at Intercom, however, I was surprised at how lightweight the weekly engineering processes felt compared to my previous company. Tasks were always well-described in Jira, with clearly defined expectations.

Nine companies share 30+ best practices for creating embedded analytics products

and tested way to quantify the potential of the product is to. the need for an analytics product Whether your engineering and services team perform. You and your head of engineering should be. However, engineering might not always.

Reddit’s Nick Caldwell on engineering leadership

Inside Intercom

On day one as Reddit’s new VP of Engineering, Nick Caldwell faced a dilemma. He had just spent 13 years at Microsoft, most recently as the head of 300 engineers. At Reddit, he led a team of 35 – none of whom knew how to manage other engineers. Engineering leaders must do 2 things: a) execute and deliver high-quality software on a predictable schedule, and b) have the people skills to attract, retain and develop strong talent. I got into engineering through my father.

What is UX prototyping and why should you test at this stage?

Userzoom

Exploring the basics of creating and testing UX prototypes. UX designers and researchers follow an iterative process – testing pieces and versions of the product and making improvements along the way, until, in the end, you’ve got a thoughtful and useful product that people love.

Break point: Product engineers and the pursuit of speed and safety

Inside Intercom

As engineers, one of the fundamental things we have to learn is the extent to which we can break things – how do we get the right balance between shipping safely and shipping fast? Almost 3 years in as a product engineer here, I have changed my perspective.

The Importance of Accessibility Testing

Userzoom

Industry leaders learned that accessibility testing is an innovation driver for solutions to unanticipated problems Click To Tweet. How to run an accessibility test in UserZoom. The post The Importance of Accessibility Testing appeared first on UserZoom.

Separate Quality Testing from Availability

Under10 Playbook

Quality testing identifies anomalies or defects that are not working as expected. “Alpha” is a testing phase where a release candidate (or potentially shippable increment) is tested on client systems (such as devices and browsers) and data by VENDOR employees.

Monetizing Analytics Features: Why Data Visualizations Will Never Be Enough

engineers don’t have to recreate or replicate. models, and test their hypotheses. MONETIZING ANALYTICS FEATURES: Why Data Visualizations. Will Never Be Enough. Go beyond basic embedded dashboards to diferentiate your. application and maximize the value of embedded analytics.

Passing the GDPR test; or how we learned to stop worrying and love the EU

Inside Intercom

The EU was kind enough to provide a stress test for our email delivery pipeline during the GDPR surge on a scale that I doubt our engineering team as a whole would have agreed to, and we passed. Startups Uncategorized email Engineering european regulations gdpr

Six Time-Saving Beta Testing Tips for Product Managers

Pragmatic Marketing

If you are reading this, it probably won’t surprise you that 47% of product managers have run Beta Tests as part of their job. One in two product managers manage customer tests, and another 21% are involved in their planning. Use Your PRDs and MRDs When Drafting Test Goals.

A Guide to Collaborating With and Motivating Your Engineering Team

Mind the Product

Frustrated Engineer. Product management and engineering needs to have a constant push-pull for progress to be made. Here are some of the things to keep in mind when working with engineers that I’ve gleaned from my experience. Lose time by over-building (or worse, building the wrong solution) because, had the engineers understood the problem being solved, they might have had a better (or quicker) way to solve it. Always be Testing (ABT).

Interview: How Friends of the Earth is UX testing for GDPR

Userzoom

Big, judging by the initial testing that we’ve done so far. However in our testing, we’re finding out that people are willing to hand over their details for specific campaigns. And then we’re doing split-testing. We will be doing testing on the wording as well.

The 5 Levels of Analytics Maturity

May be a good place to beta test. at these levels, you may find Levels 1 and 2 helpful for beta testing. To some extent, you may also be able to test how people adopt and. So if you’re going to test at. come up with ways to leverage information that no software engineer.

Shift Right with Feature Flags: Best Practices for Testing in Production

Split

Continuous integration emphasizes test execution early and often, providing rapid feedback to development teams for each new code commit. The shift-left testing mantra is ‘test early, test often’. Shift-right extends application testing into the production environment.

The question you should never EVER ask your engineers!

The Product Coalition

Put your learn mode in overdrive and boost creativity by asking *stupid* questions Unsplash What do product managers want to ask at engineering meetings but are too afraid to for fear of looking stupid? Blog and on LinkedIn The question you should never EVER ask your engineers!

4 Key Data Points A/B Testing Reveals

Generation Focus

A/B testing is a crucial element in any startup foundation. Six months later an engineer saw the project, and noticing the low cost of writing the code for it, decided to do a bit of A/B testing. Thanks to the test, Microsoft went on to earn massive returns.

Building “Minicom”: How our engineering interviews illustrate our values

Inside Intercom

The engineering interview presents a unique opportunity to showcase your company’s engineering culture and values to potential new hires. After spending months interviewing at companies of various sizes and success, I saw firsthand the unique styles of interviewing and testing across our industry. It struck me that most of these interviews were so far removed from the daily routines of a software engineer.

Why Quality Automation Engineer should be among your first 10 hires

Split

At Split, our first hire was a Quality Automation (QA) Engineer. In fact, most companies don’t hire a QA engineer until around 20 employees. I believe that a QA engineer should be one of the first 10 hires of a technology company. There are many arguments for why people put off a QA hire, but they boil down to three key points: Money – We’d rather spend limited, early-stage capital on engineers building the product. These people are not selenium test writers.

An Interview with Jez Humble on Continuous Delivery, Engineering Culture, and Making Decisions

Split

Chances are if you’re an engineer or product manager who works on anything even somewhat related to continuous delivery, Jez Humble wrote your handbook. That’s my continuous delivery mojito test. As an engineer to actually have that connection to users makes them happier.

Get to Know Gauge, the New Cross-Browser Testing Framework

Amir Rozenberg

” Just like Rihanna, you might think there are too many frameworks to learn in the testing arena! Now there is a new cross-browser test framework gaining adoption in the community: Gauge , a framework sponsored by ThoughtWorks. Note that the tests will run serially.

Increase Performance in Cross-Browser Testing with Zero Effort – Here’s How

Amir Rozenberg

Introduction Are you used to getting a certain amount of data from your testing practices? Did you know that today you can extract more data from your existing testing practice…with zero additional effort. Looking for more information on performance testing?

Increase Performance in Cross-Browser Testing with Zero Effort – Here’s How

Amir Rozenberg

Introduction Are you used to getting a certain amount of data from your testing practices? Did you know that today you can extract more data from your existing testing practice…with zero additional effort. Looking for more information on performance testing?

VR In UX Research: All You Need To Know About VR User Testing

UX Studio

VR in UX research can serve as an individual tool to explore user needs and test complex user experiences. We collected some best practices for those looking to learn more about or just getting started with VR user testing. By building virtual prototypes of an environment or service, one can test the context in which users interact with a product. Applications of VR user testing in retail. It is now possible to build store layouts in VR first to test and compare them.

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How Two Companies Hooked Customers On Products They Rarely Use

Nir Eyal

It’s called “The Toothbrush Test.” Designing Customer Habits Behavior engineering community content HabitsLarry Page, CEO of Alphabet (the company formerly known as Google), has a quirky way of deciding which companies he likes. According to the New York Times, when Page looks at a potential company to acquire, he wants to know if the product is, like a toothbrush, “something you will […].

Pleased to meet you: Tips for managing an established team

Inside Intercom

Even if the code, infrastructure and tests are not in excellent shape when you arrive, you won’t be able to fix them immediately. But don’t inquire just about technology, as it’s common for former engineers-turned-managers to get excited and start diving deep into the technology.

Intercom’s Rich Archbold on how to run less software

Inside Intercom

In engineering, you want to move fast, ship often and solve real customer problems. It means reducing choices amongst engineering teams and standardizing technology, so our team can spend as much time as possible delivering value to customers. Born from an engineering offsite.

5 Cross-browser Testing Mistakes You Might be Making Right Now

Amir Rozenberg

So, you’d like the recipe for cross-browser testing success? Let’s take a look at a handful of examples of mistakes we commonly see with browser testing- and solutions to deal with them. Engineering should no longer separate coding and testing between desktop and mobile.

Here’s How to Ethically Manipulate Other People

Nir Eyal

Manipulation Matrix In this short video, I talk to Amir Shevat, formerly at Google and now at Slack, about a simple test for […]. Designing Ethically Behavior design Behavior engineeringAre we using behavioral design (and ethical manipulation) for good? How do we know? Now that we have the power to profoundly change peoples’ habits through technology, how do change behavior ethically?

Creating the Ultimate Data Orchestrator

StubHub

By Corey Reed, Head of Data Science & Satya Gandham, Machine Learning Engineering Manager When you serve millions of customers every year?—?averaging like TensorFlow and ML Engine?—?to We can test one version of a model against another.

How to integrate continuous user testing into your product development workflow

UserTesting

5 Cross-browser Testing Mistakes You Might be Making Right Now

Amir Rozenberg

So, you’d like the recipe for cross-browser testing success? Let’s take a look at a handful of examples of mistakes we commonly see with browser testing- and solutions to deal with them. Engineering should no longer separate coding and testing between desktop and mobile.

How do you Implement Effective Product Experimentation?

Mind the Product

Experimenting lets us measure the impact of the products we’re building quantitatively, by testing them before and after release. We’re now seeing a shift from the idea of A/B testing as a narrow technique focused on conversion rates and landing pages towards experimentation as a broader mindset of how an entire business runs. By evaluating ideas and making decisions based on data, product managers and their engineers can eliminate the guesswork and avoid wasted time and effort.

Coda’s Shishir Mehrotra on rethinking docs from scratch

Inside Intercom

You think about things like databases or search engines or social networks or messaging tools. Product & Design Engineering Product productivityHow do you put a box around a product that defies categorization?

Product Experimentation Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them by Jon Noronha

Mind the Product

Jon Noronha joined the product team for Microsoft’s Bing search engine in 2011 when the product, as he puts it, was “in a big hole” As the years went by, however, that turned around, and in late 2015, Microsoft reported that Bing had become profitable. Experimentation Pitfall #1: Testing With the Wrong Metrics. Not necessarily when you’re a search engine. Use a testing platform that’s built to consider nuances in the data.

From Software Engineer to Product Manager to Founder of SVPG - Interview with Marty Cagan

All About Product Management

During his career he has performed most of the roles that are key to any technology company: product management, software development, product marketing, user interface design, usability engineering, technical writing, software testing, engineering management, and general management. I was a software engineer at HP Labs. I learned the hard way that it doesn’t matter how great your engineering team is if the product manager doesn’t give them something useful to build.

Product Managers Need to Show Engineers “What Good Looks Like”

All About Product Management

Much has been written about how product managers can get along with the engineering teams – however the converse is also just as important – engineers need to get along and deliver for product managers. It is therefore incumbent upon product managers (and technical team leaders) to help the developers and engineers, who are accustom to communicating just a problems, to change their behaviour and stop – think for a while and offer a solution to the problem(s) they encounter.

Move fast and optimize for the long term

Inside Intercom

As a student of engineering you’re incentivised to write a lot and to read a lot. In product engineering, you’re incentivised to deliver results and this means quickly shipping solutions to problems that are difficult to identify and hard to frame.