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In the startup world, selecting the right Minimum Viable Product (MVP) can be a game-changer. While the Swiss Army Knife's ability to perform multiple functions is ...
In the fast-paced world of startups, achieving success is often like performing a perfect Tango dance. It's all about the right mix of innovative products and...
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7 tips to help you find the right partner for your startup
As a team of experienced MVP wizards, we understand the importance of delivering exceptional products to our clients within a reasonable timeframe. That's why...
Unlock the secret of how the Strangler Pattern can present a powerful solution for gradually replacing portions of a monolithic system, mitigating risks associated with complete rewrites.
Sharing the whys and how-tos of managing technical debt which is crucial for the long-term success of a company by implementing these 5 steps ...
Just-in-time software architecture is an approach that allows businesses to quickly adapt to changing market conditions and customer needs, fuelling growth and ...
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What is it like to be able to switch careers, but remain in the same company? Let's find out...
From living across different continents and having versatile jobs to finding her way back home and leading product management at d.labs. Here is Danijela Divac's story.
From a psychologist helping disadvantaged children to get educated, to the Chief People officer at a fast-growing tech company. Here is Katarina Ferme's story.
Are NFTs taking over the world of investments? NFTs have been filling the headlines for almost two years now
In this blog post we cover a complete brand redesign of Laundryheap, an on-demand laundry company with the hope to inspire other founders to start rebranding their products.
Raising awareness of your business can be one of the biggest challenges for small firms that lack large marketing budgets. Omar Merlo and Jaka Levstek outline how it can be done.
A well-crafted design system used with the right intentions will amplify your product. It will help the team focus on tough problems by not sacrificing the speed and quality of the product.
As we already established in the previous post - everything is a prototype. With that in mind, you should try to start prototyping as soon as possible to understand, communicate or improve your ideas. While this article tries to demystify the how-to part, you should not be discouraged to start right away, even without knowing the perfect process. Remember, everything is a prototype.
Uncompromised solution represents a solution that doesn’t compromise the experience of the end user. When the end user is a consumer, that means that the application should offer native look and feel. When the end user is a library consumer, developers should enjoy the same experience a fully native library would offer.
No matter how long you’ve been a QA tester, I bet you can still feel the excitement that a new project brings. However, each project comes with its own set of challenges, but the ultimate challenge of them all is challenging your standard set of development practices and adopting a new approach.
Having a great team culture is of substantial value. There are many vital areas that the company needs to take into account when building, and more importantly, to maintain the work culture.One, reasonably small, but also an essential part of the culture, is how each team identifies their values and beliefs.
If you told me in early 2020 that d.labs is going to become a remote-first company, I would not have believed you. We were office animals. We loved to come together, there was a real energy to our offices and we often stayed after work to hang out, play video games, chat or go to the bar across the street for beers. We took pride in our teamwork, relationships, and connections.
An indispensable template for remote-first companies used to onboard new product team members and make them feel included, informed and empowered from the first day they join your team.
"If a picture is worth 1000 words, a prototype is worth 1000 meetings" - famous saying at IDEO. On average a new product is launched every minute of the day. How do we know what will work?
Industry: Retail / Eyewear
Duration: 5 weeks
Delivery: Customer research, UX research, Value Proposition Design, Minimum Viable Brand, Wizard of Oz MVP, Solution Interviews
Tool stack: Shopify, Figma, Firebase, Iubenda
What metrics tools is your startup using to look at data and gain valuable insights?
Client: Vera - support women through their menopause
Duration: 4 weeks
Delivery: Investment deck, Customer research, Product sprint, Landing page, Wizard of Oz MVP
Is cross-team collaboration important and how can you achieve it?
Google Tag Manager is probably one of the most underutilized, misunderstood and misrepresented tools on the web. Beneath all its marketing emphasis, there exists a highly flexible tool that is only limited by one's creativity.
Industry: Electric Vehicle Retail / Services
Duration: 8 weeks
Delivery: Customer research, Market research, Minimum Viable Brand, High fidelity prototype, Landing page
Entrepreneurial and business podcasts are on the rise. They are a great way to learn more about entrepreneurship and hear the inspiring stories and different experience that founders have. We made a selection of podcasts that we like to listen to and would like to share it with you .
Duration: 4 weeks
Deliverables: Product strategy, Customer research, Product sprint, Tech prototype
What is a strategy canvas tool and how can you use it to find your unique value proposition?
Want to see if you can get to product-market fit? It might sound crazy, but launch the company first and figure out the product later.
Remote workshops are the single most popular way to communicate both internally and externally. Having in mind they are not easy to conduct, what can you do to ensure the success of your remote workshops? Here are some of the practices that have worked well for us and our clients.
Following great feedback on our top 10 business books list, we’ve repeated the exercise once more. This time we compiled a list of all the apps that we use to make our lives & work easier and better. On it, you’ll find workout coaches, meditation guides, productivity apps and other useful smartphone tools. If only one of them brings you joy and pleasure, we consider our job done!
Learn how online marketplaces evolved and what it takes to build one today: the key success factors, important trends and tactics to create a sustainable business.
Holidays without books are like cocktails without garnish – plain and boring. At d.labs, we read loads of books this summer, so we decided to compile a list of titles that we found particularly interesting and inspiring. Happy reading!
How one d.labs’ client - and friend - bootstrapped his company to become the leader in the online laundry business
Rapid application development has always been burdened by assumptions of unmaintainable and unscalable output. Rightfully so; cutting corners and fast pace are risky in engineering and too soon do errors start to pile up and refactoring discussions begin.
Learn and understand the mechanics of building a start-up in detail. What do all the methodologies actually stand for? How do they fit together? And, finally, how they can make your business more efficient and faster?
Doing remote customer discovery in the new reality of social distancing. Product teams need to accept extreme uncertainty and focus only on the immediate next step. In the end, it’s never been our job to find the perfect solution, but to try and solve customers’ problems with a best-effort approach.
The story of how we adapted our processes, communication, and culture to become a fully-remote team practically overnight. The preventive measures and internal guildelines kept us safe during the COVID-19 outbreak and also have helped other companies deal with this difficult situation.
Early listening to your future customers does take you out of your comfort zone, but the benefits of it are significant. They de-risk your endeavours, make you a more authentic company builder and vastly improve your conversations with investors.
6 techniques to help Product people who feel uneasy or reluctant to do customer interviews. Getting out of the product-building comfort zone is not easy for everyone, but by using this process, you'll be doing continuous customer interviews in no time.
The experience of co-creating over 50 businesses taught us that it was time to make the brand about what we learnt and what we believe in. So we want back to the essentials. Our deliverables might be design and code, but our work is people.