Journal

Perspectives from 10 years of digital product development as a distributed team.

Feb 2016
Lessons from a year of side projects
Building products for yourself is a whole lot more difficult than doing it for clients. Jon explores where we went wrong last year.
Dec 2015
How businesses can benefit from short sprints
Working in sprints is something both small and big businesses can do to help their teams be more creative. But we can’t talk about sprints without talking about agile businesses first.
Nov 2015
The State of Hanno: November 2015
Open sourcing our company operations manual a year ago in our Playbook was a pretty big deal for us at the time. Here's how it all panned out.
Oct 2015
How we used lean design to help refugees in Berlin
How can we use the power of lean design to help refugees arriving in Berlin? Marcel shows us how a social startup can be built in a single weekend.
Oct 2015
Team retreat: Rethinking our social purpose in Croatia
Anyone who’s familiar with the game Two Truths, One Lie can start taking a guess as to which of the following statements are true or false: 1) remote teams benefit hugely from going on team retreats, 2) Hanno has gone on 4 team retreats, 3) post-its aren’t practical for remote teams. Let’s start by looking at the first one...
Jul 2015
Oskar the Slackbot is now open source
We’re glad to announce that our Slackbot 'Oskar' is open source. You can now check out our public GitHub repository to clone and fork it.
Jun 2015
Oskar: from idea to execution
Taking a product from idea to execution is never easy. In this post, we show you the technical challenges we faced when creating our very own internal tool.
Jun 2015
Case Study: Getting to launch with one of the Bay Area's hottest finance startups — Mirror
6 weeks to revamp UI, UX, branding, messaging and marketing site for Mirror's product and platform
Jun 2015
Here’s the tool we’ve built to overcome remote isolation in our team
If you have been working from home, you may have noticed how easy it is to slip into remote isolation. Here's an automated tool we built to resolve this...
Jun 2015
Reinventing Organisations: next steps towards ‘going teal’ at Hanno
How we'll be working our way through the challenges of self-management in the next few weeks.
Jun 2015
Why offline-first matters, and what developers should know about it
Summary of Marcel's talk about offline-first at jsDay, the annual JavaScript conference in Verona.
May 2015
How we use OKRs to boost our team
A look inside how the team at Hanno uses OKRs to gain huge growth at home and at work.
May 2015
How to get hired by a remote team
Getting a great remote job is tough. Here are a few words of advice to increase your odds.
May 2015
Case Study: Helping a young startup uncover their potential and win user growth — Zirx
Since our very first sprint ZIRX managed to secure a total of $36.4 million in funding and continued to expand rapidly
May 2015
Plotting our new route towards Social Good
If we don’t find a way of turning our emerging vision into immediate actions, it will be in danger of remaining simply an idealistic ambition, gathering dust instead of momentum.
May 2015
Navigating the stormy seas of organisational change
We've been going through some challenging transitions in the last few weeks. Here's how we've been trying to reduce the stress and trauma that comes with that.
May 2015
Getting into remote design thinking with MURAL
We've already talked about how we started to get into design thinking. But the biggest challenge was yet to come.
May 2015
The State of Hanno: May 2015
It's time for massive change. Here's why we're going to give up profit maximisation and become a social good business.
Apr 2015
A simple experiment, a huge impact
Here is a Design Thinking exercise that we did at our recent workshop, and what we've learned from it in terms of user testing and idea validation.
Apr 2015
A shipmate got to have a code
Improving our code quality has always been an important part of our process. To help us get closer to producing the best code we can, we've defined a set of rules we call Pillars. Here's how it all came about.