Project managers (PMs) are deadline chasers. They think clients want the earliest possible ship date to reduce costs. But that’s a common misconception. What clients really want is the best possible product with the earliest possible ship date. Continue reading “How project managers and developers can both (happily!) give realistic ship dates”
Until 2014, I was the only project manager (PM) for the company I co-founded 9 years ago. While my co-founder, Ben Cheng, became the technical and product bottleneck, I became the project management bottleneck when our team grew to 20+ developers and 10+ projects. Continue reading “How I became the PM bottleneck as a founder: And how I unblocked it.”
As my company’s grown, the number of internal / external meetings and tasks has become crazy. I have no time to wander around in office and have casual chats with fellows any more.
While people in the office have coffee and casual chats I am usually running for the next scheduled meeting or discussion item. Casual office chats is one of the things I miss most. Continue reading “I Gave Up My Desk for a Week and This is What I Learned: Management by Wandering”
Google Analytics is a great way for business owners to track and analyze where your users are coming from, what they are clicking on around your site, how long they stay on, and where they’re dropping off. With this rich set of data, you can figure out how to increase sales. This article will explore what Google Analytics can do for your business and the basics of how to use this powerful tool.
We recently did a quarterly review with our content interns and found that one piece took 3 x 8-hour days to write.
An editor, full-time staff, and the intern were involved over the course of three weeks, which made our intern’s piece more expensive than our in-house staff writers’ pieces. You’re probably asking, why did we hire him?
Continue reading “Interns Are Not Good Free Labor”
About nine years ago, I co-founded a company with Rick and Roy and created a product that helped businesses create forms and collect payments via Paypal. It ate up three of our lives and made life better for some small businesses. Honestly, this first product didn’t disrupt an industry. It probably only took a handful of clients from bigger competitors and we don’t have investors from Silicon Valley. Oursky has no valuation. Instead, we started getting paid to make other people’s products. Yes. We became an agency. We gave up being a sexy startup to become just another agency. And we got more jobs than we could handle, so we recruited more developers to help.
Now, we’re an agency that’s worked with listed companies like Yahoo! and Philips and created products with half a million active users. We’ve also opened up a satellite office…in Taiwan. I’m sharing this because I’m one of thousands of tech founders around the world who started companies not based in Silicon Valley that make money, have happy clients, and great team members.
Continue reading “Why I didn’t build my company in Silicon Valley”
Even after creating award-winning apps featured in Apple App Store, Oursky’s team still faces the same startup hurdles every time we create a new in-house product. In addition to our many client projects, Oursky has developed in-house products such Shotbot and MakeappIcon. Upon reflection, we realised that many of the ups and downs we faced could be addressed by Isaac Lidsky’s TEDTalk about facing your fears: “What reality are you creating for yourself?” Here are some of our startup reflections based on his advice. Continue reading “9 Startup Lessons from Isaac Lidsky’s TEDTalk”
Just wrapped up your latest contract and swamped with potential clients? Do you want them, but not sure if you can take the extra load? We currently have 13 active projects and 18 open products. We’d love to share with you how we do project management.
First thing: we just use simple spreadsheets.
We’d love to share with you the 5 simple templates that help our teams every day.
I went from a part-time designer in a local Hong Kong tech company to one of its partners. Before I joined full-time, I taught myself CSS when I worked as a web designer for a number of agencies and clients. Since joining this company 6 years ago, I’ve been involved with 50+ projects (including in-house ones), including Apple’s Best New App 2016.
As our development team grew, I couldn’t just pass my Sketch design files with “a common understanding” to our senior developers, so I wrote this CSS checklist for the company. I’ve added additional notes on the concepts behind the checklist items. Continue reading “5 Front-End Design Essentials for Developers”
Make Products that Pay
Someone once said, “Love is great, but you can’t eat love. You have to have money to eat.” A product is no different. Products are great, but they won’t feed you. Revenue does.
Revenue is a bottom line for any company. You may be a startup company or an agency building an internal app in between contracts. It doesn’t matter whether you have one or ten products. Turn that hobby pet project into a self-sustaining business. Even if you don’t intend to make it big, make it pay off.