Victoria Blake's Blog

Hidden Features in Product Builds

Once we get past POC and MVP, we need to start thinking about the entirety of the product we’re building. Here are four features that our clients commonly overlook, but, like the parts of an iceberg supporting the surface, are needed to support the whole.

By Victoria Blake, Vice President of Product
June 15, 2017

Discover, and Discover, and Discover

We just completed a huge, deep, complex, and super sexy Discovery for a client I can’t name. But I can say that the timing was tight, the expectations were high, the info going in was murky, and the result at the end was, as our VP of Engineering likes to say, “baller level ten.”

By Victoria Blake, Vice President of Product
May 18, 2017

Open Letter to My Future Hire

Dear You--

By Victoria Blake, Vice President of Product
October 20, 2016

Saying No & Behaving No

My kid is a year and a half old. She is accumulating language at a startling rate. A few weeks ago, she started saying “no.” No has quickly become her favorite word. She uses it to mean everything from “I’d prefer to have sugar, please,” to “get that toothbrush away from me.” Sometimes she really means no, but when she really really means it, she doesn’t say the word. She behaves no by turning her head, or, worse, swatting the offending thing away.

By Victoria Blake, Vice President of Product
October 3, 2016

The Problem with Scope Creep in an Agile Shop

Scope creep is a huge risk factor to a project going off the rails. It’s also diabolically difficult to measure.
By Victoria Blake, Vice President of Product
May 16, 2016

Why I Love T-Shirt Sizing

My husband and I are involved in a never-ending construction project that takes us to wonderful Portland businesses solely in search of odd things. A few months ago, we went to the stone yard. At one end of the stone yard were the boulders. They were big. Big enough that it was hard for me to conceive of anybody buying a boulder, because where would they put it? Other stones were arranged in progressively smaller sizes, from boulder down to dust. Which got me thinking about sizing, and about software.

By Victoria Blake, Vice President of Product
March 22, 2016

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