I haven’t updated my followers about Brain Drain lately, and we were supposed to have released to market at the end of July. What has happened? Continue reading
So it is now early August and Brain Drain has launched! I say ‘launched’, but it was a soft launch and we are positioning it as a beta release (hey, some products spend their whole lives in beta so who cares? It is all about managing expectations). So far, so good. But now the fun really starts so if I keep on top of MutterLog I should continue to give you updates as well as posting interesting things about product development and business in general.
Having passed such a massive milestone in the life of Brain Drain, I thought it might be a good time to start a series of posts sharing what I’ve learned so far. Continue reading
I entered the world of the startup hoping to be able to adopt lean startup practices and get an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) to market quickly, avoiding big design up front and focusing on learning from real customer feedback (apologies for the buzzword-heavy opening sentence). Continue reading
So things are settling down at Brain Drain. My various worries and issues have calmed down and I’ve begun to see the occasional heated arguments as an inevitable consequence of being in a very small office with two other very enthusiastic co-founders. The fights still happen, but they don’t worry me as much as they used to, and I’ve come to realise they don’t worry my colleagues either. Continue reading
First day back in the office after Easter – I was dreading it. But Granddad didn’t think the website problems were a big deal at all. He quite strenuously said they weren’t my fault. I think they were, at least in part (I should have tested it!) but at least I can remain employed for a little longer.
It goes to show how rusty you can get after taking time out of the workplace. I have a sense now of how difficult it must be for women returning to work after having children – especially if they have taken a couple of years or more out. I felt as though certain parts of my brain had just fallen asleep and I’m not sure they are fully awake yet. This is probably contributing to my ongoing confidence issues so I can only hope they will recede in time.
I’m delicate flower with self-esteem issues. There, I said it.
One of my major areas of focus since starting at Brain Drain has been pricing.
Ah, pricing, pricing, pricing. Continue reading
It is time for me to fill a bath with research and data and have a good old soak. These guys have done a lot of thinking already; the challenge will be getting it out of them and into some kind of sharable structure. There’s no point in fantasising that the sheet of paper before me is clean white virgin territory.
Having been brought in to lead product management (or rather be product management) in a start-up is somewhat discombobulating. When I’ve created new products before I’ve been in a corporate environment, maybe supported by a team, certainly surrounded by colleagues with diverse valuable skills and experience.
In my first MutterLog post, I gave a brief impression of my experience working at the Google Campus Cafe near Old Street’s so-called “Silicon Roundabout” in London (next time I work there I am so not wearing a suit). I must be clear – that is not my permanent place of work! We have meetings with partners and potential users in London and our user experience partner is based in the Google Campus so it was a good place to settle in between meetings.