In a medium sized software house in Wrocław, we’re currently looking for a new person who knows how to design applications, network management tools, procurement or social platforms, and such. For those who don’t know, that means Digital Product Designer. If you want to know what qualities and skills you need to start working on such position (not only in Monterail), read on.
We’re just a month away from the start of VueConf 2017 in Wrocław, Poland. If you use Vue as part of your daily development toolkit, you’re probably starting to make preparations for the trip. However, if you don’t have your ticket bought already, before you book a hotel room and find a convenient flight, there’s probably one more person you need to get on board: your boss.
MVP—a popular concept in the startup community—stands for Minimum Viable Product. It’s a product with just enough features to gather validated learning about the market and your potential customers. Clearly, the entrepreneurs from my story thought they can’t validate their ideas without investing in development. But I’m going to show you that building MVPs without coding is possible and that such MVPs can be sold in an attempt to validate almost any market need.
Frankly, it’s nearly impossible to design a damn thing without asking questions, conducting research, and talking with people. Even when someone gives you an exercise—let’s say “Design a logo”—you don’t start drawing just like that. You start a conversation in your head. You examine what is given to you. You always draw from experience, even when you think that you’re coming up with things on the fly.
As I was contemplating the problem of few women in IT, I approached my friend Mateusz Sławiński, a Talent Manager here at Monterail. We had a long conversation that yielded some eye-opening (at least for me) conclusions. This blog is more or less a distilled essence of our conversation augmented with research that I had a lot of help with from my female colleagues. Thank you!