Sam Dickie 👨🏼‍💻

I’ve searched high & low for the hottest beta access invites in tech to show you the dos/don’ts with early access onboarding. Here’s what I found.

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Firstly, let me get one thing straight, I’m a bit of an early adopter nerd when it comes to software products and secondly, I’m fascinated with their onboarding surveys and registration processes.


Who said you can’t make a personal website using Notion? Well… no-one actually, but I’ve recently been seeing some fantastic use cases for Notion including portfolio sites, resumes, landing pages to name just a few.

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So I thought I would set myself a challenge to recreate a few pages of my own personal website using Notion.

Like a lot of folks, I’m guilty of taking far too much time creating a “quick” website — pushing pixels around for sometimes months on end to get the perfect aesthetic look. However, trying to practise what I preach I thought I would put my favourite tool through its paces and try to recreate my personal site.

In all honesty, I thought I would just give the homepage a shot at first and leave it there. So I created a quick draft of the homepage and fired off a tweet to see if anyone was interested. I didn’t expect so many people to like and comment on the tweet. …


From a Whatsapp group prototype to $1.3 million pre-seed round — this is how a founder validated his concept with off the shelf tools and ultimately lead to him creating Amie — A unique habit-forming productivity platform.

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In 2019 Dennis Müller, a Product Manager at N26, a FinTech startup based in Germany had been personally experimenting with various behavioural change techniques. This fascination later lead him to research more about the various methods and frameworks that can help you achieve your goals.


Lean and Agile principles aren’t just adopted by software products and their teams — in fact, they started life in manufacturing in the 1930s by Toyota. This new coffee brand is bringing it back.

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I found a fascinating article in the latest courier magazine about a new coffee brand called ‘Taika’ which was developed by an ex-Facebook product designer.

Instead of developing the recipe and brand in a somewhat closed-loop, Michael brought some of his previous 8 years of experience in creating software at Facebook and applied lean and agile principles developing his recipe and brand.

“Until now, we’ve been running Taika like a private beta”. …


Dan Shipper was big productivity nerd. After his company Firefly was acquired he spent a couple of years angel investing before he began to think about creating something in the ever-expanding software productivity space.

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However, he first needed to understand the space better. So in August 2019 Dan set out to speak to people who have a similar passion for productivity and learn more about how they approach productivity and how they created their own personal productivity systems.

Unlike most user interview strategies, Dan decided to publicly publish his interviews and insight. To do this Dan created a newsletter called ‘Super Organizers’ on Substack. …


As Product Managers, how can we create new features and improvements to our products whilst also balancing the trade-offs of user experience and foster a community? In this post, I’m going to be discussing a new approach I’ve been watching closely.

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As digital product creators we all know the importance of getting feedback from users throughout the lifecycle of our of product — that goes without saying hopefully, however, when it comes to building mobile apps and getting early feedback throughout the lifecycle of your product there are a few approaches to consider at different phases:

  1. Pre-launch: low/high fidelity usability prototype testing (Maze.design, UsabilityHub etc.)
  2. Alpha/beta launch: Surveys, user interviews, feedback widgets, TestFlight
  3. Post-launch: Focus groups, surveys, community forums, user interviews, feedback widgets, TestFlight and …..

In this post I will be discussing a new approach I’ve been watching closely the last few years relating to post-launch testing and community building for mobile apps — however, it should be noted that the majority of what I mention can be used in web apps too. …


With the recent announcement at this years WWDC 2020 keynote, Apple unveiled the long-awaited iOS14 update. But are we overlooking something huge as product creators?

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This year Apple unveiled a new take on their previous Today page widgets and moved them to the home screen.

This isn’t by any means any huge amount of innovation on Apple’s part — Android devices have had widgets for a while now. However, the reason I’m so interested in this improvement is due to the exposure these new widgets get to users home screens.

Apps have previously followed a uniform grid layout with very strict design parameters to adhere to. After a while they all look the same — it’s hard to make your app stand out from the average person’s 60–90 other apps on their smartphone. …


Announcing our first Spark cohort of 2020

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This year we quietly launched our first incubator programme at ucreateSpark.

Spark is a 6 week, rapid, early-stage launchpad for passionate startup founders looking to rapidly validate their startup idea and ultimately save time and money in the process.

We invited a small group of early-stage founders to embark on a 6-week programme to validate their business concepts through a series of rapid experiments helping them to clearly articulate the problem they are trying to solve and guiding them to validate their core assumptions prior to determining their MVP solution.

We have been blown away by the progress made in such a short space of time from each of the founders we have had the pleasure of working with — ranging from creating a fully functional MVP app, acquiring first customers and generating revenue and obtaining hundreds of survey responses and early adopters. …


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This year we have been quietly developing and launching our first micro-incubator programme at ucreate. Since 2015 we have been working with talented founders as their tech partner across a variety of industries and technologies.

During this time we noticed founders were overlooking a fundamental step before partnering with us - validation. Prior to starting the development phase and launching their MVPs many founders had undertaken little to no market validation or customer development.

One of the biggest risks with missing this critical phase is, ultimately, you build the wrong solution and waste months or years creating something no-one needs or wants. …


The evidence-driven problem development framework

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So you’ve just had that shower moment and thought of a potential solution to a big problem. This could be huge!

You rush to your computer and start fleshing out your unicorn idea. Perhaps you're the type that:

  • starts with writing a business plan
  • performs a Google search to see if any similar products exist already
  • you have some handy design skills and begin creating some wireframes
  • you have some technical skills and begin creating a prototype or MVP

Regardless of the type of person you are, you're missing a fundamental step prior to scoping and developing your proposed solution: Problem validation!

About

Sam Dickie 👨🏼‍💻

Lead Product Manager @ucreate_ & Founder @nocodetech (acquired) + BetaTesta — www.samdickie.me

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