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The 4 keys to a great Product Backlog

Product backlog

A Product Backlog can answer questions like: "What are we going to work on next?" "Are we set to start working on feature ABC?" "Did you know about this bug XYZ?". This tool will be of great help getting this information to the rest of your team. What is the Product Backlog? The Product Backlog…

Jira epics, stories, tasks, bugs & custom issues

Jira is a great tool to manage your roadmap and your backlog. One of the main advantages of Jira is that it has great default issue types and lets you create any other types you may need to make the most of your project. Default issue types in Jira Epics Epics are goals or initiatives…

How to create a Product Roadmap with Jira

You want to manage your Product Roadmap with Jira? This is a good place to start learning what you need to make the most out of it. I will specifically go through the Roadmap view and Epics. The Product Roadmap view In each project there is a section in the left navigation bar called Roadmap.…

12 deliverables for your freelance project

In this post I share with you 12 deliverables that will make your freelance project look more professional. What are project deliverables for freelance professionals? It’s common to think that project deliverables are the output of your work in a project, however, I think of project deliverables as the collection of documents, designs, reports or…

The Agile Manifesto for beginners

The reason why I write a post about the agile manifesto for beginners, even though I am not a beginner anymore, is that this is the post I wish I had been told of back when I first heard of Agile. Table Of ContentsWhat is the agile manifesto and why was it writtenWhat is the…

Digital trends & bets for 2021

Gartner's Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies anticipated 5 key digital trends to watch in 2021 and beyond. Based on these trends by Gartner, the recent acquisitions and, of course, all the changes COVID19 brought to our lives last year - from a growing concern about sanitation to more awareness about public health and a mass…

4 tips to make your chatbot UX great (again)

Make your chatbot UX great again with these 4 tips brought to you by me, Cristina Santamarina, and the soon to be ex-POTUS. These tips, and the images that go with each tip, have been with me since I presented the first version of this slide at Tarugoconf in 2017. I presented in different speaking…

Product Management in Movies and TV Shows

Product Management lessons are hidden everywhere, and also in movies and TV shows. If you are a product manager like me, a lot of the situations in the videos below will remind you of some situations from your real professional life. The Pentagon wars: Scope creep You've seen it: as you iterate on an MVP…

Miro + Confluence for better product documentation

Miro and Confluence can work wonders alone, and now their combination is even more powerful than it used to be. Let me tell you about this cool new integration and how to get started! What are Miro and Confluence? Confluence is made by the great people at Atlassian, who also make Jira. Product and Project…

Team Capacity Matrix for Capacity Building Planning

One of the key tasks of an engineering manager is to identify capacity building opportunities. My Team Capacity Matrix for Capacity Building planning can help you: Know what skills are strongest in the teamHighlight capacities that need improvementIdentify members of the team that can lead training sessionsIdentify members of the team that need handholding The…

Manage your Product Backlog with Jira

If you want to manage your Product Backlog with Jira, this is a good place to start learning what you need to make the most out of it. I will specifically go through the Product Backlog view, the list and detail view, Prioritization and Dependencies Mapping. The Product Backlog view in Jira In each project…

Dialogflow CX: Google changes the conversational game

Google has finally brought visual flow building to Dialogflow. Before I dive deep I wanted to share these very exciting news with you and give you a sneak peak to what's new in conversational interfaces tools. Still in Beta, Dialogflow CX comes with more advanced features like testing, and improvements in other features released over…

Product Backlog Tools

I want to get practical and share with you the different available Product Backlog tools we can use to manage and share our plans. In a previous post I made an introduction to the definition and benefits of Product Backlogs, which may be useful if you need a little more context before we get started.…

The future of conversational interfaces

This is a collection of thoughts about the future of conversational interfaces. It will eventually become a longer blog post and I predict, amongst these other predictions, that it will be an interesting read in a few years. It is hard to make predictions in this environment, but I trust you will take these as…

Chatbots in the COVID response

Conversational interfaces like chatbots and voice apps are in the frontline of the global covid response. Dashboards, maps and APIs have been complemented with conversational projects, and health organizations use the, to bring public health information to citizens, organize vaccination campaigns and support other initiatives in their response, alleviating the workload of emergency lines. Alexa…

Virus Basics for Product Managers working in solutions against COVID

The COVID pandemic increased the general public's interest in public health and health sciences, and pushed a new wave of e-health products that aimed to identify symptoms early and limit transmission through contact tracing and followup. Learning about viruses and understanding how they work is vital if you want to build solutions against COVID. Hundreds…

Privacy in the times of coronavirus

This pandemic is fought with medical care, information and data. As already discussed, data can be very useful to fight disease and a lot of technology initiatives are already dedicating efforts to fight coronavirus through databases, dashboards, chatbots, 3D printing of medical supplies, work and delivery groups... In this crisis governments are fully aware of…

The challenge of coronavirus control in African countries

On Jan 30, 2020, WHO declared the current novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. On March 11th the WHO raised the alert and declared it a pandemic. It's the first time the WHO has called an outbreak a pandemic since the H1N1 "swine flu" in 2009. However, all…

Maps, dashboards and APIs in COVID-19 data projects

This is a collection of resources for inspiration, design patterns and data sets you can use to stay informed or as you work on your own data project around COVID-19. Dashboards & Maps While dashboards have their disadvantages (my ex-colleague Lucy can convince you, this is her blog post) they are very appreciated by a…

Eva, the chatbot for health, can now answer questions about coronavirus and send alerts about the #covid19 crisis

The World Health Organisation has officially declared the Coronavirus a pandemia. My previous experience working as a technology consultant in public health has led me to be increasingly interested in disease and, specifically, in transmission processes and in the power of data to predict, prevent and control outbreaks, as well as in the power of…

My thoughts and 5 TED talks about humans, epidemics and data

Humans can leverage the power of data to combat epidemics such as the coronavirus outbreak that has put the world in siege during the first quarter of 2020. Epidemiology Epidemiology is the branch of medicine which deals with the incidence, distribution, and possible control of diseases and other factors relating to health. It plays a…

Remote, right: Tools & tips for working from home

Remote work isn't new, but it's certainly a trending topic in the last few months, following the announcement of schools and workplaces being shut down due to coronavirus. The searches for remote work and coronavirus in Spain peak as a lot of professionals and organizations consider remote work for the first time. Time and cost…

Free icons and stock images for your projects

I try to use visual elements like icons and stock images in my presentations to convey messages without the need for words whenever I make a presentation for work, teaching or speaking at events. I like the words I speak to be most of the words you perceive while I am speaking. My talks are…

Haute Couture Coworking at SoHo House

Vogue publishes that SoHo House, the Club network, is getting into coworking, opening a work plan that starts at 400$ in NYC and planning to offer coworking plans in their other locations - including Berlin and Barcelona - over the next months. Coworking started as a low-end alternative to traditional Business Centres, the space dominated…

Conversational interfaces integrated in everyday objects

Conversational interfaces integrated in all sorts of devices are changing the way we interact with technology and are in the roadmaps of a lot of different companies. Amazon and Google are investing a lot of resources to bring their smart assistants to everyday objects, and so are manufacturers of a lot of different products. A…

Defining conversational interfaces

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Defining conversational interfaces is a great point to start from if you are considering starting a project or even a career in conversational interfaces. A lot has been spoken about conversational interfaces. As we already saw in this blog, conversational interfaces are not only super popular and present in our culture through things like movies…

Talking Heads: A history of Conversational Interfaces from the Middle Ages to our days

The history of conversational interfaces starts a long time ago. They are slowly but steadily reaching homes all around the world. Amazon had sold 100 million Alexa devices by January 2019 and the numbers only rose through the year. For iPhone users this kind of interaction was not new. iOS has Siri since 2011 and…

7 movies that affected the way we look at conversational interfaces and AI

Movies shape the way we look at the world. Science fiction has undeniable affected our capacity to be admired by technology. When we think of conversational interfaces and AI our expectations are high compared with the technology and products available to us as consumers. This is a list of 7 movies that have affected the…

Retail at home: Online shopping & apartment stores

Retail has been deeply impacted by the digital transformation of companies. Ecommerce has changed the way consumers shop, and the world of retail will never be the same. With a growing demand from customers to comfortably shop from their own homes, some brands have taken a fresh look at this pattern and have suggested an…

Digital transformation

When people think of digital transformation too often they only think of websites and database and social network profiles. Digital transformation, however, is way more than just that and affects businesses and organizations in deep ways that ideally lead to the discovery of new business models. These transformations and business models ultimately shape our society…

Gender biases in Google Translate

Google Translate, the go-to reference when it comes to translating words online, relies on artificial intelligence to suggest translations and lets users suggest improved translations for words and sentences. According to Wikipedia, Google Translate helps over 500 million people translate more than 100 billion words - every day. In this post, I explain what's behind…

10 movies about the fascinating world of fashion

If you like fashion there's nothing like movies about fashion designers and publications to enjoy customs and learn more about this fascinating world. This post is a collection of 10 movies you need to watch. Movie descriptions are spoiler-free and come from IMBD. Link is in the movie title. The Director: An Evolution in Three…

Machine learning in media

Machine learning is a field of computer science and artificial that tries to answer a question already formulated in 1959: How can computers learn to solve problems without being explicitly programmed? A computer program is said to learn from experience E with respect to some class of tasks T and performance measure P if its…

The tokenism of women in technology and 7 things companies can do about it

In order to boost the figures about women participation in the technology industry some organizations have started campaigns that tokenize women in the industry and pay little favour to the #womenintech movement. This post explains what this tokenism is about and gives 7 examples of things organizations can do about it. Wikipedia says: Tokenism is the…

50 ideas para tu primer chatbot

Muchas empresas encuentran los chatbots interesantes como tecnología y saben por la prensa que las grandes marcas ya los usan pero no saben muy bien cómo aplicarlo a su línea de negocio. Como pasa con cualquier tecnología realizar un proyecto sin tener claro un objetivo suele acabar mal. En este artículo quiero daros ideas para…

Flexible plans to attract more members to your coworking community

I wrote a guest post for The Power of Coworking, a blog by Alex at the coworking space SHHARED in Germany. In the post I gave tips for coworking space managers to expand their community into remote workers living rooms. This post is a summary of the most important thoughts and includes a link to…

Pioneering conversational experiences

Conversational interfaces continue to slowly but steady take over their share of the market. I've been hoping for a full blooming to happen soon for a while already, but I continue to enjoy the continuous discovery and learning that comes with pioneering. The team at botanalytics.co asked to interview me after a call as part…

Brainstormings, the ultimate tool for creativity

Brainstorming sessions supported by simple things like whiteboards, post-its, or static notes, allows for faster changes, more divergent thinking, and more creativity. Teams and individuals all over the world use brainstorming to find creative solutions. In this post I explain some of the ways in which you can structure your brainstorming to make the most…

GitHub Projects Kanban to manage product backlog & sprints

Use the GitHub Projects kanban to manage the product backlog and sprints. Product backlog management and sprint management are two of the most critical tasks for product owners. There are other tools, like Jira, but with GitHub could make it easier for technical teams to get started with kanban and improve their delivery. The 4…

Leaving my job in Conakry, my home in Berlin and starting a new life in Cordoba

During the last year I have worked as a Project and Product Manager for an NGO called eHealth Africa, and living out of Conakry with ocasional travel to other countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone or Democratic Republic of Congo. All the while I kept my books, cooking appliances and other dear possessions in my rental…

7 conversational design tips for instant improvement in the UX of your chatbot or voice assistant

I discovered chatbots in 2016 and immediately fell in love with them. I was immediately interested in understanding the UX implications they would have and how we could, as product managers, define the ultimate characteristics of a chatbot that looked and sounded empathic. In this post I suggest a few design tips and tricks for…

How to open a Word document on Google Docs?

For years I have been using Google Docs as my main text processing tool. Just like many of you I started using Microsoft Word in high school and upgraded to Pages when I started using a Mac some years later. These are great test processors but lack two very important features: collaboration and version control.…

7 (more) tools for productivity I use & love

Productivity can be enhanced with the right apps. Do more in less time with these 7 tools for productivity! The Noun Project In the last year I am writing a fair share of proposals and specifications for software apps as part of my job at eHealth Africa. Text is good for detail, but nothing beats…

How to calculate dates with timeanddate.com

When managing projects or planning events or social media calendars I often find myself counting days between two events or calculating when x days from now will have passed. The usual solution has been to grab a calendar and use my finger to count days forward or backwards, or to count some days like this…

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