Mick Sanders

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Donald Trump to the Mentally Ill: You’re Fired

It’s no coincidence his supporters mock Heidi Cruz for having allegedly suffered from depression. Trump has been dismissing, misrepresenting, and …

A New Skill Model for Product Managers

<i>UPDATE: Based largely on the feedback I received from this piece (thanks to everyone who commented!), this model has evolved into the</i> <i>CORE Connective</i> …

Product Management

Scrum vs. Kanban: How to combine the best of both methods with Scrumban

Though scrum is by far the most popular agile methodology, in recent years, many organizations have been experiencing issues with it and are moving …

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3 Simple Ways Product Managers Track Their Competitors

As a neophyte Product Manager, I relied heavily on my design skills. I cared a ton about making a consistent product. It felt like solving a puzzle …

Headspace app generates buzz as meditation turns ultra-trendy

Andy Puddicombe, a trained Buddhist monk, wants to spread health and happiness by teaching our technology-addled minds to slow down and live in the moment.<p>Naturally, he's doing it through an app.<p>In just a few short minutes a day, users can listen to meditation guides for topics as varied as anxiety …

Buddhism, the Second Largest Religion in the World?

Reincarnation forms the basis of Buddhism. It is the pillar of belief which gives rise to the cause-and-effect way of living, or karma. Karma …

The Buddha’s Guide to Mindfulness Practice

Mindfulness, at its roots an originally Buddhist meditation technique, has exploded in popularity over the past decade. What was once exclusively a …

Springboard Raises $1.7M For Its Mentor-Based Approach To Online Learning

There are already plenty of large online learning companies — known as MOOCs; massive open online courses — that use the Internet to democratize education through distribution. Leadig lights Coursera ($146 million), Udemy ($113 million) and Udacity ($160 million) have collectively raised hundreds …

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 …

Zenefits Launches Its Own Payroll Platform

Zenefits CEO Parker Conrad danced around a question about building out payroll services at Disrupt SF 2015. “I can’t announce anything about new products specifically, but you know payroll’s a very important spoke,” Conrad said at the time.<p>But the cloud-based HR unicorn <i>has</i> built a payroll product, …

Mace Training

If Jon Snow (<i>Game of Thrones</i>), King Leonidas (<i>300</i>) and Maximus Decimus Meridius (<i>Gladiator</i>) all worked out together, this is probably the workout they’d choose.<p>Mace Training, inspired by the ancient Persian warrior elite, is an improvement on the sledgehammer that is believed to be a more effective …

Workouts

Data Science Programming: Python vs R

<i>“Data Scientist – The Sexiest Job of 21st Century.”- Harvard Business Review</i><p>If you are already into a big data related career then you must already …

Gest is here to kill the keyboard and mouse

Being hands-off usually means relinquishing control. With Gest, it’s the exact opposite.<p>Remember Tony Stark in his lab in <i>Iron Man</i>, browsing through a …

Let’s talk about Product Management

I spent over a decade as a product manager at a number of different companies. One thing I realized was how little we talked about the job of product …

Try the ‘Humane Burpee’ for a Ridiculously Good Workout

You’ll pack more work into 4 minutes than most people do in 30<p>One of my favorite exercises to do when I’m time crunched: the humane burpee. (Those are two words I bet you never thought you’d see together.)<p>Created by my good friend Dan Martin, a powerlifter and former firefighter, the exercise works …

Workouts

Now You Can Design Your Own Raspberry Pi

Hardware startups building atop the Raspberry Pi microprocessor — of which there are plenty already — can now order custom tweaks to the hardware to better tailor the Pi to fit the needs of their business.<p>The customization service for volume Pi orders was launched yesterday with Pi manufacturer …

Python vs. R vs. COBOL: Which is best for Data Science?

We put the hottest languages to the test!<p>Sorting an Array<p>Working with tables of data:<p>Searching for a value in a Table:<p>The competition is really …

A Criticism of Scrum • Aaron Gray

So Scrum. The most popular agile software development methodology, with seemingly around 70% of agile teams using it. What is it all about? Is it …

Meet Snickerdoodle, an affordable, powerfully maker-focused Raspberry Pi rival

The $35 Raspberry Pi mini-PC serves as a cheap, yet damn fine introduction to both computer programming and the joys of what’s become known as “making”—using cheap, sensor-laden computer boards to power devices that interact with the world. Makers can create some amazing projects with the Pi, but …

From Denver To Durango: Biking 500 Miles On The Colorado Trail

<b>Biking from Denver to Durango on The Colorado Trail</b> is no easy feat. Its highest point is 13,271 feet above sea level and most of the …

Product Managers: Stop Hiding Behind "Technical Debt"

Thanks to Daniel Elizalde for his recent guest post on how amazing product managers stop adding features and start eliminating technical debt. It was a good summary of the challenges that product leaders face working to create the greatest value for their customers and company. And it provided a …

How Software Will Transform Employee Engagement

Managers: have you wanted to know what drives your employees well before their scheduled review cycles? What if you could encourage a peer review process that takes place more frequently? How about incentives: do you ever feel like you’ve run out of ideas on rewarding your employees? Or perhaps you …

Foods That Are Making You Fat

Whether you jumped on the healthy eating bandwagon for the rapid weight loss or long-term health benefits, we're sorry to say, you <i>can</i> have too much …

Lyme Disease Is Spreading, Government Research Finds

Lyme disease is gradually spreading from the Northeast and becoming more common farther south and east, government researchers reported Wednesday.<p>A county-by-county look at the infections shows it’s found in four times as many counties now as it was in 1993, a team from the Centers for Disease …

High-Quality Whey Can Boost Exercise Benefits and Help Optimize Your Health and Longevity

<b>By Dr. Mercola</b>As you age, your body gradually loses its ability to produce critical amino acids—the essential proteins you need for energy …

Banana peels are your new weight-loss weapon, seriously

We’re serious: Banana peels are the new weight-loss weapon. Best of all, you can just toss them into your morning smoothie along with that whole …

Nutrition

Busting the Most Common Myths in HR Technology

Last week was a great week. It was my fifth time attending SHRM Annual and my fourth time presenting. It’s always an honor to be there sharing …