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How to Stay Focused for Product Teams

Posted on July 10th, 2020.

Teams often lose focus on top priorities for a multitude of reasons. At Focus, we believe that staying concentrated on what “matters” is one of the most important skills for product teams. Here are some sources of distraction your team may face: The team works on a hard project for too long. Instead of validating the main...

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OKR

5 OKR Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Posted on May 18th, 2020.

While speaking at many management conferences, I see that a lot of people struggle with setting OKRs (objectives and key results). The most important part I want to point out is that people often make similar OKR mistakes.  In this article, you find the top 5 mistakes that companies make when setting OKRs and the ways on how to...

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Interviews

Jedrzej Kaminski: About skills for PMs, technologies, A/B testing, meetings, and OKRs

Posted on March 27th, 2020.

This week, we interviewed Jedrzej Kaminski, a Product Manager at EyeEm. Jedrzej shared his expertise in A/B Testing and data analytics to discuss measuring success when conducting research. He also answered burning questions on technologies he uses on a daily basis, his experience at EyeEm, and how to make different transitions into...

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Startup Journey

Founder’s story: Why did I create the OKR software?

Posted on February 28th, 2020.

As an entrepreneur or a manager, do you want to build an amazing team that achieves new heights in the business?  Well, of course, you do… And I wanted the same. The real question is – how to manage the team and increase productivity? This is the story about problems I had managing my previous startup and why I created the OKR...

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Focus Updates

Meet Focus bot for Slack

Posted on January 16th, 2020.

We’re incredibly excited to announce that Focus has launched the bot for Slack. It’s a big step for us for helping teams to build high-performing culture through effective scrum meetings and employee recognition. Status meetings are a serious waste of time  The majority of employees hate meetings. A Korn Felly survey reveals that...

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Scrum

Scrum Master: How to run Scrum Meetings with a Team?

Posted on December 12th, 2019.

There is a focus on high-quality of product development in Scrum methodology. That’s why scrum meetings have high priority and run by a scrum master. The main goal of the scrum meeting is team synchronization.  Who is a scrum master? The better definition of a scrum master role is “servant leader”.  Scrum master’s goal is to...

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Scrum

8 Key Rules on How to run Better Scrum Meetings

Posted on December 5th, 2019.

Scrum standup is a daily meeting that helps product teams to be more effective and analyze their routines. The recommended length of the meeting is 15 minutes, however, it depends on the team size. All members of the product team participate in the standups, not only the product owner and scrum master. Scrum meetings or Daily Standups...

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Scrum

Great Scrum Master

Posted on November 28th, 2019.

The Great Scrum Master is a very practical book by Zuzana Sochova who is an expert in Agile and Certified Scrum Trainer with more than fifteen years of experience in the IT industry. We decided to share with you key points from this book. Who is a scrum master? How to become a scrum master? How to do the best as a scrum master? In...

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Team Management

5 Essential Steps to Building an Amazing Team

Posted on November 21st, 2019.

Let’s start at the end: There’s a team that loves your company. They’ve already achieved outstanding results in the area your organization operates. They are full of energy and tell anyone who will listen how awesome it is at work in your company. If you ask for working overtime, they do it – and happily. If you don’t, they...