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Certifications vs Experience

Certifications vs Experience

Rewind to 2 years ago…I was in my final interview for a product manager position at Modus Create, Inc. I was set to speak with one of the founders. I blatantly remember him asking me “So, why don’t you have your PMP certification?” Before I could really think about a polished, polite response, it slipped…

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Product Manager vs Project Manager

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 Manager’s responsibilities are the same. They are not. I’m not sure if the words sounding so similar has created this thought process or if there…

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9 Ways Agile Developers Can Improve Their Scrum Skills

9 Ways Agile Developers Can Improve Their Scrum Skills

With more than 10 years of experience in Scrum and Scrum-like teams, I finally decided to get certified as a ScrumMaster. What I thought would be obtaining a piece of paper, was in fact an eye-opening experience. I strongly believe that a lot of my fellow developers don’t understand how empowered and self-organizing they can…

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Tip and Tricks for a Successful Interview

Tip and Tricks for a Successful Interview

Is the forgotten New Years resolution coming to haunt you? Maybe it is the winter doldrums or the impending birth of spring. You want a change and decided that a new job is the answer. Perhaps you’ve been wanting to switch jobs for a long time and a recent round of cut backs has forced…

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WhatApp Valuation

Why WhatsApp is (maybe) worth $19B – in 3 words

In 2007 (seems like ancient history) E-Bay bought Skype – an acquisition that shocked most everyone both in both dollar value and strategic fit (and brought back memories of the Web 1.0 bubble). Now about seven years later, Facebook shocked almost everyone by acquiring WhatsApp. For over seven times as much. People might be amazed…

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Mail Letter GIF

Rebooting Hardware Businesses

Previously I wrote about business model disruption as one of the 3 common contexts for mobile initiatives Modus Create engages in. A second is transition from hardware-based (HW) business to software (SW) (which is often accompanied by business model disruption). Two years ago Mark Andreessen described this trend in a now famous Wall Street Journal…

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Angry Birds

The Novelty Era of Mobile is Officially Dead

Meet Your Phone Remember the early iPhone commercial where the user double taps the New York Times website to zoom in on a photo? This was perfectly acceptable in 2008. In 2013 it’s a groan engendering exercise to happen onto a website not formatted for mobile display. Double-tap and pinch to zoom interactions seemed groundbreaking…

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