Amy Bayersdorfer Long

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'One of the greatest actors': Daniel Radcliffe pens moving post about Alan Rickman

The unfortunate news that actor Alan Rickman, 69, died after a battle with cancer has brought sorrow to movie fans all over the world. But for those who loved the "Harry Potter" franchise, a heart-wrenching note posted on social media by Daniel Radcliffe is perhaps the most poignant tribute …

A Tribute to Alan Rickman: Reading Between the Black and White

When I was 8 years old, I first discovered the world of Harry Potter. My mom had always been a strong advocate of reading a book before watching the movie, so in 2001 (the year the first movie came out), I began reading <i>Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone</i>. That first book drew me deeply into the …

Product Managers and Project Managers Have This in Common

I wrote an article recently about the differences between product management and project management. I was glad to read the feedback. There is a lot of confusion around these roles, and I hope I was able to provide an interesting perspective. But the comments suggested that there is more to …

The 4 Best Hot Chocolate Recipes To Ring In the New Year

<i>BY RICK MARTINEZ, BON APPETIT</i><p>Photo: Alex Lau<p>We drink hot chocolate because it's rich and creamy, warm and luxurious. It's a comfort food, to pick you up when you're feeling down, or when you're just really cold. It's best served next to a skating rink or some other snowy Christmas movie backdrop. …

How to Build an Accurate Product Roadmap with Customer Feedback

Customer experience is everything at Help.com. If our customers aren’t happy, we aren’t either. One of the most important parts of customer success …

Portfolio for JIRA – product managers edition

There are a lot of stakeholders involved in the planning process, each with different needs, and as you’d expect, they all use Portfolio for JIRA …

Project Management

5 Ways to Recognize a Great Product Manager

• They are well versed in their products<br>• They stay attuned to their customers<br>• They can lead and communicate a vision equally well with engineering teams …

Getting Stakeholder Engagement Right

Identify the StakeholdersA stakeholder is anyone who has a stake in the product, who is affected by it, or who shows an interest in it. While this …

Product Management

Product Management + User Experience / Wednesday, February 3 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The intersection between Product Management and User Experience is growing—and full of opportunity and even a little mystery.Product Managers and UX …

7 Qualities of Great Software Product Manager

Fine software project management is key to building engaging and scalable web apps. You can have a whole army of great developers, but it will only …

The Challenges of Being a Product Manager

I got a call from the hospital. His voice was faint. "Brian, I am not going to be able to come in for a few weeks. I am not well." "What happened?" I asked. "Well, as you know, the pressure of the upcoming product launch has been tough," my colleague said. "And I just felt a bit out of control."<p>Who …

Why Release Dates Are Irrelevant To Product Managers

What’s a product roadmap with dates? A release plan. Or at least it might as well be. I’m going to say this again and again until my voice is hoarse …

Product Management

The Future of Product Management: What’s on the Horizon for 2016?

The cloud is here to stay, we’re using more mobile data than ever, microinteractions are in, fully flat design may be on its way out, and Oxford’s …

Product Management

Getting to “technical enough” as a product manager

“Why are you the product manager for search if you’re not technical?”The question was posed with the blunt earnestness you come to expect of social …

Product Management

Great Product Managers Build Walls

One of the best product managers I ever worked with created a physical boundary in her cube by placing a rug on the floor. When anyone (especially pesky sales folks) would start to stroll into her space uninvited, she would whip around and grumble, "You have not been invited into my office, …

The Product Manager Chameleon

Lots has been written on what attributes help define a great product manager. When you put them all together, what emerges is actually a list of …

Product Management

10 Necessary Traits of PMs that Can’t be Taught

And how I hire for them.<p>I “read” (listened to) The Sales Acceleration Formula recently, and aside from being a great book about growth, the author …

Why Interrupted Sleep Is Worse Than Short Sleep

Illustration by Peter Oumanski for TIME<p>Illustration by Peter Oumanski for TIME<p>Illustration by Peter Oumanski for TIME<p>Illustration by Peter Oumanski …

4 Easy Ways to Organize Your Vacation Photos

From the first day of camp to the Fourth of July parade, you’ve snapped quite a few pictures this summer. We’ve found four apps that will help you …

16 New Books to Read This September

September is all about fresh starts, and if you’re looking for life advice, this month’s book picks are full of it. Whether you want it with a dose of humor (Mindy Kaling), from someone who is living the dream (Elizabeth Gilbert) or from a fictional character who totally gets you, there’s at least …

The 50 Best Tips to Get Your Home Super Organized

Your mess is simply no match for these helpful solutions.<p>Your mess is simply no match for these helpful solutions.

Marriage Isn't Safe

My husband says I've still "got it" and he laughs at my jokes, or perhaps he's laughing at me. Either way, it doesn't really matter. There's laughter happening here and that can only be a good thing, right?<p>We also annoy each other. Such is life when a man and a woman decide to shack up and …

15 Amazing Women Landscape Photographers You Should Follow Right Now

Landscape photography can be a bit of a boys club, and while 500px is sometimes accused of being part of the problem, we’d much rather play a part in …

Give it a Swirl: Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

<i>If the grocery store isn't your favorite place, it should be. We're sleuthing for the best back-of-the-box recipes and each week we'll share our latest find.</i><p><i>Today: This choose-your-own-adventure cheesecake can be elegant or messy, but is delicious either way.</i><p>Earlier this week, while loitering in …

Dessert

16 (Delicious, Unexpected) Reasons You Should Pick Up A Box Of Cake Mix

Forget sticking to the directions on the box.<p>Yes, cake mixes are great for making cake, but that's not all they're capable of. In fact, you won't believe all the awesome things cake mix can do. These 16 recipes use cake mix in unexpected yet delicious ways!<p><b>1. No-Bake Funfetti Cheesecake Cups</b><p>This …

10 Free Android Apps Everyone Should Download

Every time I get a new Android smartphone or tablet, I install certain apps right away, before I even really start to play with the device — apps I …

8 Easy Summer Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again

<b>1. Asian Kale Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing</b><p>Believe or not, this salad will have you eating your vegetables (and, most surprisingly, your kale) with pleasure and abandon. Bright, bold flavors and textures abound: earthy kale; cool and crunchy carrots, bell peppers and red cabbage; toasted …