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Product Roadmaps Relaunched: How to Set Direction while Embracing...
by , Michael Connors

Language

English

Pages

272

Publication Date

October 25, 2017

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<div><p>A good product roadmap is one of the most important and influential documents an organization can develop, publish, and continuously update. In fact, this one document can steer an entire organization when it comes to delivering on company strategy.</p><p>This practical guide teaches you how to create an effective product roadmap, and demonstrates how to use the roadmap to align stakeholders and prioritize ideas and requests. With it, you’ll learn to communicate how your products will make your customers and organization successful.</p><p>Whether you're a product manager, product owner, business analyst, program manager, project manager, scrum master, lead developer, designer, development manager, entrepreneur, or business owner, this book will show you how to:</p><ul><li>Articulate an inspiring vision and goals for your product</li><li>Prioritize ruthlessly and scientifically</li><li>Protect against pursuing seemingly good ideas without evaluation and prioritization</li><li>Ensure alignment with stakeholders</li><li>Inspire loyalty and over­-delivery from your team</li><li>Get your sales team working <i>with</i> you instead of against you</li><li>Bring a user­ and buyer-­centric approach to planning and decision-making</li><li>Anticipate opportunities and stay ahead of the game</li><li>Publish a comprehensive roadmap without over­committing</li></ul></div>
Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Us...
by Steve Krug

Language

English

Pages

216

Publication Date

December 23, 2013

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Since<i> Don’t Make Me Think </i>was first published in 2000, hundreds of thousands of Web designers and developers have relied on usability guru Steve Krug’s guide to help them understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design. Witty, commonsensical, and eminently practical, it’s one of the best-loved and most recommended books on the subject.<br /> <br />Now Steve returns with fresh perspective to reexamine the principles that made<i> Don’t Make Me Think</i> a classic–with updated examples and a new chapter on mobile usability. And it’s still short, profusely illustrated…and best of all–fun to read.<br /> <br />If you’ve read it before, you’ll rediscover what made <i>Don’t Make Me Think</i> so essential to Web designers and developers around the world. If you’ve never read it, you’ll see why so many people have said it should be required reading for anyone working on Web sites.<br /> <br /> <br />“After reading it over a couple of hours and putting its ideas to work for the past five years, I can say it has done more to improve my abilities as a Web designer than any other book.”<br />–Jeffrey Zeldman, author of Designing with Web Standards <p style="margin: 0px;"> </p>
Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Produ...
by , Nate Walkingshaw

Language

English

Pages

250

Publication Date

May 12, 2017

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Customer Reviews
<div><p>In today’s lightning-fast technology world, good product management is critical to maintaining a competitive advantage. Yet, managing human beings and navigating complex product roadmaps is no easy task, and it’s rare to find a product leader who can steward a digital product from concept to launch without a couple of major hiccups. Why do some product leaders succeed while others don’t?</p><p>This insightful book presents interviews with nearly 100 leading product managers from all over the world. Authors Richard Banfield, Martin Eriksson, and Nate Walkingshaw draw on decades of experience in product design and development to capture the approaches, styles, insights, and techniques of successful product managers. If you want to understand what drives good product leaders, this book is an irreplaceable resource.</p><p>In three parts, <i>Product Leadership</i> helps you explore:</p><ul><li><b>Themes and patterns</b> of successful teams and their leaders, and ways to attain those characteristics</li><li><b>Best approaches</b> for guiding your product team through the startup, emerging, and enterprise stages of a company’s evolution</li><li><b>Strategies and tactics</b> for working with customers, agencies, partners, and external stakeholders</li></ul></div>
Step-By-Step WordPress for Beginners: How to Build a Beautiful We...
by Mike Taylor

Language

English

Pages

155

Publication Date

October 27, 2016

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<p><em>Note: This book comes with <font><strong>29 WordPress training videos and support</strong></font>.</em></p><h2><strong>Updated for 2017! Learn WordPress and build a professional website you're proud of!</strong></h2><p></p><p>This book comes with:</p><ul><li>29 WordPress training videos that go along with the chapters of the book</li><li>Unlimited 1-on-1 WordPress support to answer your questions</li><li>A custom WordPress theme built by the author</li><li>Unlimited access to a members-only forum for the readers of this book</li><li>Plus unlimited access to future videos and training sessions</li></ul><p>All of the above are available through a free membership that comes with every book. You only pay one price for the book, and the rest is yours for free!</p><p>Because the truth is, you're going to have questions while you're learning WordPress and building websites.</p><p><strong><em>That's why you'll get videos and support to go with this book, so you can get unstuck fast!</em></strong></p><h2><strong>Why WordPress?</strong></h2><p></p><p>Websites are like Internet real estate, and everyone from average Joe to the tech entrepreneur is grabbing their piece of the web and getting their own website.</p><p>The only problem is, paying someone to build a website for you is expensive. Like, really expensive.</p><p>And learning to code websites from scratch can take FOREVER.</p><p>So where does that leave most people who want a website for themselves or their business, but can't afford an expensive web developer and don't have time to learn to code?</p><h2><strong>That's where WordPress comes in.</strong></h2><p></p><p>WordPress is a content management system that allows nearly anyone to build a professional-looking website for very little money and in a relatively short amount of time.</p><p>So whether you want to build a personal blog, portfolio, business website, or full-on eCommerce website, learning how to build, launch, and manage a WordPress website is the first step.</p><p>That's exactly what you'll learn in this book!</p><h2><strong>In this book, you'll learn how to build a beautiful website on your own domain from scratch, no matter how little you know about websites or WordPress.</strong></h2><p></p><p>This book starts from the ground floor, assuming you have nothing but an idea. You'll learn the exact steps to take, from A-Z, to get your new website up-and-running in no time.</p><p>And with this book, if you ever feel lost, you can simply ask the author through the members-only access that comes with this book!</p><p>Of course, if you already know a little about websites or WordPress, you can skip ahead all you want and go into the more intermediate topics if you'd like.</p><h2><strong>Here are a few of the beginner topics covered:</strong></h2><ul><li>How websites work</li><li>How WordPress works</li><li>How to get a domain name and hosting</li><li>How to install WordPress</li><li>WordPress pages and posts</li><li>WordPress plugins and widgets</li><li>How to use categories and tags</li><li>All about WordPress themes</li><li>WordPress plugin recommendations</li><li>And more...</li><li><em>Plus videos that go along with each of the beginner topics<em></em></em></li></ul><h2><strong>Here are a few of the intermediate topics covered:</strong></h2><ul><li>WordPress theme customization</li><li>SEO and marketing for WordPress</li><li>Transferring WordPress websites</li><li>How to start a podcast using WordPress</li><li>And more...</li><li><em>Plus videos that go with nearly all of the intermediate topics</em></li></ul><h2><strong><em>So download the book, Step-by-Step WordPress for Beginners. You'll be glad you did!</em></strong></h2>
Wordpress for Beginners 2017: A Visual Step-by-Step Guide to Mast...
by Dr. Andy Williams

Language

English

Pages

222

Publication Date

November 02, 2016

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Master Wordpress using our step-by-step visual approach (<b>over 250 screenshots</b>). This book is a major new release for 2017, covering the latest version of Wordpress.<br /><br />Building a beautiful, professional looking Wordpress website, is no longer the domain of computer geeks. Wordpress makes it possible for anyone to create and run a website that looks great on any device - PC, Mac, tablet and phone, for hobby or business.<br /><br />The primary goal of this book is to take anyone, <b>even an absolute beginner</b>, from zero to Wordpress "guru" in a few short hours. I'll hold your hand, step-by-step, all the way.<br /> <br />You get to watch over my shoulder as we explore the Wordpress Dashboard.<br /><br />Inside this book, veteran Wordpress expert Andy Williams will start at the very beginning. You'll learn important topics like:<br /><br /> • The two different versions of Wordpress.<br /> • Website hosting and domain registrars. How to set this up with separate registrar and host, for more security.<br /> • How to install Wordpress.<br /> • An overview of the Dashboard including how to find hidden items.<br /> • Cleaning out the stuff that is installed by default.<br /> • Finding and installing Wordpress themes to instantly change the look and feel of your website.<br /> • Plugins. What they are and how you can use them to create magnificent websites.<br /> • How to update Wordpress, themes and plugins.<br /> • Every single Dashboard setting, what they do, and what you should use in the settings of your website.<br /> • How to find and use the RSS feeds on your site to help search engines find your content.<br /> • The importance of user profiles, and how to assign a "Gravatar" image to your email address.<br /> • How to create great navigation systems on your site, with custom menus, internal linking and related post sections.<br /> • Enabling and dealing with visitor comments.<br /> • Using the media library for images, video and more.<br /> • The difference between pages and posts, and a simple way to know which one you should be using for each bit of content you publish on your website.<br /> • Effective use of categories and tags. Using these incorrectly can get your site penalized or even banned from search engines.<br /> • How to write posts, and even schedule them so they will be published at some future date.<br /> • Using post revisions.<br /> • Two different types of homepage. A blog style page v a more traditional "static" homepage. <br /> • Using widgets on your site to add neat features.<br /> • This book does not focus on any particular Wordpress theme (website "skin"). Instead, it teaches you how to master Wordpress so you can choose and use any theme you like.<br /><br />You'll also be shown how to install and configure a few plugins to:<br /><br /> • Automatically take database backups and email them to you on a schedule you choose.<br /> • Automatically create important legal pages on your site, like terms and privacy policy.<br /> • Help reduce the amount of comment spam your site receives.<br /> • Setup good SEO practices.<br /> • Setup social sharing buttons on your site, so visitors can easily tell their friends about your great web pages. <br /><br />Most people learn better when they can actually see what they are reading about, so one thing this book isn't, is shy about screenshots. There are over 250 of them, showing you exactly what you will see on your screen, and prompting you to take specific actions as you learn and master Wordpress. You may have heard that Wordpress has a steep learning curve. With this book, you won't even notice it. Each chapter ends with a "Tasks to Complete" section. By completing these tasks, you'll not only become proficient with Wordpress, you'll become confident at using Wordpress. By the end of the book, you'll be building great looking, professional Wordpress websites that look fantastic on any device... And you'll enjoy doing it!
Liminal Thinking: Create the Change You Want by Changing the Way ...
by Dave Gray

Language

English

Pages

184

Publication Date

September 14, 2016

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<p>"Why do some people succeed at change while others fail? It's the way they think! Liminal thinking is a way to create change by understanding, shaping, and reframing beliefs. What beliefs are stopping you right now?<br /><br />You have a choice. You can create the world you want to live in, or live in a world created by others. If you are ready to start making changes, read this book."</p>
CSS: The Definitive Guide: Visual Presentation for the Web
by , Estelle Weyl

Language

English

Pages

1092

Publication Date

October 16, 2017

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<div><p>If you’re a web designer or app developer interested in sophisticated page styling, improved accessibility, and saving time and effort, this book is for you. This revised edition provides a comprehensive guide to CSS implementation, along with a thorough review of the latest CSS specifications.</p><p>CSS is a constantly evolving language for describing the presentation of web content on screen, printers, speech synthesizers, screen readers, and chat windows. It is used by all browsers on all screen sizes on all types of IoT devices, including phones, computers, video games, televisions, watches, kiosks, and auto consoles. Authors Eric Meyer and Estelle Weyl show you how to improve user experience, speed development, avoid potential bugs, and add life and depth to your applications through layout, transitions and animations, borders, backgrounds, text properties, and many other tools and techniques.</p><p>This guide covers:</p><ul><li>Selectors, specificity, and the cascade</li><li>Values, units, fonts, and text properties</li><li>Padding, borders, outlines, and margins</li><li>Colors, backgrounds, and gradients</li><li>Floats and positioning tricks</li><li>Flexible box layout</li><li>The new Grid layout system</li><li>2D and 3D transforms, transitions, and animation</li><li>Filters, blending, clipping, and masking</li><li>Media and feature queries</li></ul></div>
JavaScript: The Good Parts: The Good Parts
by Douglas Crockford

Language

English

Pages

176

Publication Date

May 08, 2008

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<div><p>Most programming languages contain good and bad parts, but JavaScript has more than its share of the bad, having been developed and released in a hurry before it could be refined. This authoritative book scrapes away these bad features to reveal a subset of JavaScript that's more reliable, readable, and maintainable than the language as a whole—a subset you can use to create truly extensible and efficient code.</p><p>Considered <em>the</em> JavaScript expert by many people in the development community, author Douglas Crockford identifies the abundance of good ideas that make JavaScript an outstanding object-oriented programming language-ideas such as functions, loose typing, dynamic objects, and an expressive object literal notation. Unfortunately, these good ideas are mixed in with bad and downright awful ideas, like a programming model based on global variables.</p><p>When Java applets failed, JavaScript became the language of the Web by default, making its popularity almost completely independent of its qualities as a programming language. In <em>JavaScript: The Good Parts</em>, Crockford finally digs through the steaming pile of good intentions and blunders to give you a detailed look at all the genuinely elegant parts of JavaScript, including:</p><ul><li>Syntax</li><li>Objects</li><li>Functions</li><li>Inheritance</li><li>Arrays</li><li>Regular expressions</li><li>Methods</li><li>Style</li><li>Beautiful features</li></ul><p>The real beauty? As you move ahead with the subset of JavaScript that this book presents, you'll also sidestep the need to <em>unlearn</em> all the bad parts. Of course, if you want to find out more about the bad parts and how to use them badly, simply consult any other JavaScript book.</p><p>With <em>JavaScript: The Good Parts</em>, you'll discover a beautiful, elegant, lightweight and highly expressive language that lets you create effective code, whether you're managing object libraries or just trying to get Ajax to run fast. If you develop sites or applications for the Web, this book is an absolute must.</p></div>
Lean UX: Designing Great Products with Agile Teams
by , Josh Seiden

Language

English

Pages

208

Publication Date

September 12, 2016

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<div><p>Lean UX has become the preferred approach to interaction design, tailor-made for today’s agile teams. In the second edition of this award winning book, leading advocates Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden expand on the valuable Lean UX principles, tactics, and techniques covered in the first edition to share how product teams can easily incorporate design, experimentation, iteration, and continuous learning from real users into their Agile process.</p><p>Inspired by Lean and Agile development theories, <i>Lean UX</i> lets you focus on the actual experience being designed, rather than deliverables. This book shows you how to collaborate closely with other members of your Agile product team, and gather feedback early and often. You’ll learn how to drive the design in short, iterative cycles to assess what works best for the business and the user. <em>Lean UX</em> shows you how to make this change—for the better.</p><ul><li>Frame a vision of the problem you’re solving and focus your team on the right outcomes</li><li>Bring the designers’ toolkit to the rest of your product team</li><li>Share your insights with your team much earlier in the process</li><li>Create Minimum Viable Products to determine which ideas are valid</li><li>Incorporate the voice of the customer throughout the project cycle</li><li>Make your team more productive: combine Lean UX with Agile’s Scrum framework</li><li>Understand the organizational shifts necessary to integrate Lean UX</li></ul></div>
Design Systems (Smashing eBooks)
by Alla Kholmatova

Language

English

Pages

Publication Date

October 15, 2017

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As the web continues to become more complex, designing static pages has become untenable, so that many of us have started to approach design in a more systematic way. In this book, Alla Kholmatova sets out to identify what makes an effective design system that can empower teams to create great digital products.<br /><br />Not all design systems are equally effective. Some can generate coherent user experiences, others produce confusing patchwork designs. Some inspire teams to contribute to them, others are neglected. Some get better with time, more cohesive and better functioning; others get worse, becoming bloated and cumbersome.<br /><br />What are the key qualities of a well-functioning, enduring design system? Throughout the book, Alla will share an approach that will help you every day with your work.<br /><br />PART 1: FOUNDATIONS<br /><br />In the first part we’ll talk about the foundations of a design system – patterns and practices. Design patterns are repeatable, reusable parts of the interface, from the concrete and functional (like buttons and text fields) to the more descriptive (like iconography styles, colors, and typography). Patterns interconnect, and together they form the language of your product’s interface. Shared practices are how we choose to create, capture, share and use those patterns by following a set of principles, or by keeping a pattern library.<br /><br />Chapter 1: Design Systems<br />Chapter 2: Design Principles<br />Chapter 3: Functional Patterns<br />Chapter 4: Perceptual Patterns<br />Chapter 5: Shared Language<br /><br />PART 2: PROCESS<br /><br />A design system cannot be built overnight – it evolves gradually with your product. But there are certain principles and practices that we can follow to make sure the system develops in the right direction and provide us some degree of control over it. The second part of the book focuses on practical steps and techniques to establish and maintain a design system, including planning the work; conducting an interface inventory; setting up a pattern library; creating, documenting, evolving and maintaining design patterns.<br /><br />Chapter 6: Parameters Of Your System<br />Chapter 7: Planning And Practicalities<br />Chapter 8: Systemizing Functional Patterns<br />Chapter 9: Systemizing Perceptual Patterns<br />Chapter 10: Pattern Libraries

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