Thoughts on product development
10 great product development content from 2023
2023 was another great year for product development writing, and this year we decided to resume our tradition of listing 10 notable pieces.
January 11, 2024
More product, fewer PMs
There has been a lot of discussion about how many Product Managers (PMs) are required in a product team. This conversation gained momentum after Airbnb restructured their product management organization, followed by articles about how startups are thriving without any PMs.
December 14, 2023
The better Jira alternative
Jira and other issue trackers have been the go-to-tool for tracking software development work for the last decades. However, are they right for modern product teams?
October 18, 2023
Fixing a 3 second lockup in our app by switching from Apollo Client to URQL
By replacing our GraphQL client, we were able to remove a bunch of unnecessary processing and prevent our app from freezing up
February 8, 2023
How to write great one-pagers, PRDs, Specs, and more
Creating effective product description documents: best practices and key takeaways for aligning your team
January 17, 2023
Lessons learned from moving to Recoil.js
We moved to Recoil.js to help remove unnecessary re-renders in our React application. Here are some tips we learned along the way.
October 12, 2022
Issue trackers considered harmful
Issue trackers are great at what they were built for. Namely, tracking bugs. But using them for tracking a product development workflow has a lot of issues, perhaps not widely known in the tech community.
August 16, 2022
Kitemaker for designers
Someone told us that "Kitemaker does for product teams what Figma did for design". Find out why.
June 1, 2022
10 great pieces on product development from 2021
Here is a list of a few excellent product development articles written in 2021.
January 5, 2022
How we use Kitemaker (to build Kitemaker)
How we use our own tool to build our tool!
March 3, 2021
Empower your engineers
Why and how to empower your engineers.
January 14, 2021
10 great pieces on product development in 2020
Here is a list of a few excellent product development articles written in 2020.
December 22, 2020
Right-sizing elements of work
Right-sizing work items is one aspect we have been thinking a lot about.
December 1, 2020
You should consider making your web app offline-first
The benefits and how-tos for building an offline first web app.
November 26, 2020
Scrum Guide 2020 implementation
The 2020 Scrum Guide was recently published. Here is some of our thoughts.
November 24, 2020
Work isn't issues, and teams aren't assignees
What we call things colors how we think about them.
November 19, 2020
Finding order in the chaos of product development
The best and worst part of product development is the mess.
November 18, 2020
Building a rich text editor in React with SlateJS
Building an awesome editor for your React-based web application is by no means easy. But with SlateJS things get much easier.
September 22, 2020
CSS is giving us a headache. Maybe Tailwind CSS is the cure?
This is a post about the pain that comes from trying to scale CSS in a large project.
August 26, 2020
You need to get your team talking
At Kitemaker, we’re firm believers in the fact that the single best way to get your team to perform better is to get them to collaborate more closely.
July 6, 2020
The hardest part of finishing something? Starting it
A particular form of procrastination I've found in others and me — failure to just get started.
May 27, 2020
Why we’re building Kitemaker
In this article we describe the background for why we started building Kitemaker.
May 25, 2020