Business Book Series: The Lean Startup

By Liza Mock on May 23, 2017 in Tips and Tricks
Lean Canvas

Running a company is never easy. Trying to start one and keep it afloat is even harder. If you’ve ever thought of running your own company, you need to be aware of how to avoid all the common pitfalls that you will be fighting against. There’s no playbook that can apply to every new company,…

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11 Essential Growth Marketing Tools for 2017

By Liza Mock on Apr 14, 2017 in Tips and Tricks

Setting up a smooth flow of information is essential to any functioning team. All of the data in the world isn’t useful in silos—you need that flow to make connections, draw conclusions, and move forward. Flow in your business’s processes means constant movement between different tools and different people. This is essential in your marketing…

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Get Early Product Buy-in Using Lean Canvas

By Liza Mock on Mar 29, 2017 in Tips and Tricks
Djedi the lion tamer

Getting decision-makers on your side early is crucial for product managers. It can be the difference between the next game-changing product and glory for you, or a business case that’s gathering dust. But winning the hearts and minds of multiple execs with multiple business requirements is as easy as convincing untamed lions to jump through…

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Introducing Gliffy Embed


A quick outline of what you can expect using Gliffy’s latest product feature: embedding diagrams.  In October we released some pretty groovy team features including private sharing and commenting. Our efforts were focused on helping teams work better together. But instead of that nose-to-the-grindstone get-work-done-faster attitude, we wanted to support teams when it came to really…

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Here’s How We Innovate From the Inside-Out


Key findings on what’s at the heart of creating, understanding and improving your product.  — It’s a Friday afternoon, mid June. We’re sprawled out in our office. Cross-legged, lounging in beanbags, leaning off desks. Still sleepy from our insanely delicious taco lunch. We’re all waiting to share our ideas on how we can make Gliffy better—from…

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How to Cut Down on Useless Meetings

By Liza Mock on Aug 30, 2016 in Tips and Tricks
The case for fewer meetings

Do you ever feel like you spend more time sitting in meetings than actually working? According to a recent Atlassian study, the average employee attends 62 hour-long meetings every month and considers half of them to be a waste of time. That’s an incredible 31 hours every month — nearly an entire workweek — wasted…

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UML 2.5 Diagram Types and Templates

By Zack Kushner on Jul 12, 2016 in Tips and Tricks

Looking for a quick rundown of the different official UML diagram types along with templates for each? Welcome to Gliffy. We’re here to help. There are, as of UML 2.5, fourteen officially recognized types of UML diagrams. These types get sorted into three buckets: Structure diagrams, Behavior diagrams, and Interaction diagrams (also considered a subset…

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Six Flowchart Types & Templates

By Zack Kushner on Jun 02, 2016 in Tips and Tricks
how to create an impact map

Flowcharts are one of the most versatile diagram types. Companies use flow charts to document complex business processes. Software engineers use them to envision data flow. Hipsters post them online to amuse each other with their snarky witticisms. Regardless of your needs, Gliffy’s free online flowchart maker will facilitate the process of creating flowcharts online….

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