Sarah McCasland

Sarah McCasland is a Product Manager at Modus Create and an advocate of remote work, agile methodologies, and process improvement. Sarah has spent the last 10 years working with development teams to deliver products in a variety of industries while helping teams grow and excel. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys running, traveling, being a tea snob, and trying new wines.

Posts by Sarah McCasland

February 23, 2017

Product Manager vs. Project Manager

A strong product development team will usually have two extremely important roles defined: the Project Manager and the Product Manager. One common misconception is that the Project Manager and Product...

January 24, 2017

Managing Project Scope Creep

When building software, there is always a desire to want more. Whether that is better performance, more product features, or any other things that deviate from your original roadmap, your...

November 10, 2016

Effective Project Manager Tips

Managing software projects is the most challenging, frustrating, humbling, job you can accept. It’s also the most rewarding, fulfilling, fun, job I’ve come to love. Projects will fail for a...

October 26, 2016

Sustainable Pace in a Remote World

Sustainable pace is a theory that transformed thinking for software development. It was originally presented by Kent Beck to counter the idea that a 40 hour work week was something...

June 14, 2016

The Costs of Culture

As a product manager at Modus Create and having worked for other companies both large and small, my perspective on culture has shifted over the years. A good culture based...

May 6, 2016

Product Teams: Get to MindTheProduct 2016

The Conference for Passionate Product People MindTheProduct 2016, San Francisco edition, brought together 1,200 creatives from 12 countries and 38 states. From Martin Eriksson’s opening to his closing remarks, excitement...

March 15, 2016

Project Managers: Your Agile Is Wrong

Buzzwords…they are everywhere. Agile, scrum, kanban, and lean have found their way into this bucket, and for good reason. But why? When implemented correctly, these frameworks can help provide big...

December 22, 2015

The Extrovert Who Went Remote

It was 2011. I had just finished reading Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It – a book focused on delivering results from anywhere versus sitting in an office...

November 3, 2015

Perfecting user stories into products

User stories are a foundational piece of agile software development and product development. They lay out the product’s requirements, but also allow each requirement to have a back story. Using...