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.