Just recently I did a review of a number of prototyping & wire framing tools that would enable me to create many rough sketches during ideation phase together with Product Managers I work with and then move on and refine gathered ideas to a higher fidelity both visually and conceptually. Depending on the context, you should have a different tool or rather a pair of tools as they usually complement each other nicely. InVision This tool is at the same time powerful and simple to use. Within minutes you can transform your static assets into dynamic prototypes. It features not just hotspots but also hover states, which allow for even more realistic interactions. In the mean time, while you do all this stuff, you can get

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My big passion is creating products. It was not until 2013 that I came to discover it, when I joined a very successful start-up, which was heading towards expansion to Asian markets and looking for a trader (i.e. someone who buys/sells financial instruments in order to profit), willing to learn new tricks. It was not all planed ahead. In fact all this came as a huge strike of luck or perhaps the better wording is Serendipidity. I was in the right place, met the right people, had the knowledge and skillset and was given an opportunity to head an amazing product and develop it further. Learning on the job, how to be a Product Manager I was taught many lessons. Now and then I

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You probably know me a little bit already, but who is actually Vasco Duarte you might ask? I did not know Vasco until September of 2015. At that time I wanted to go for a conference to learn, meet new people and grow. There were only a couple of places I could choose with my limited training budget. Prague was close to my heart and an obvious choice. I lived in Prague for more than a year and still feel that the city is... no, no, not my second home but in fact home. I was hired by a Scandinavian investment bank (yeah, I am a strange Agile Ninja) and moved there just after wedding with my wife. A great honeymoon indeed. But, I digress :) Of

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Getting Started

My first blog is now live! I had thought many times about starting one but I never felt right about it. Was it just about the time commitment, or nothing interesting to say? I realy don't know. Eleanor Roosvelt - Do one thing everyday that scares you Yeah, it is a bit scary. At least from my perspective. Will I be able to keep it up, what if I have a writer's block, do I have anything interesting to share at all? Those questions are instantly popping up when I think about bloging. It should not be that bad, given I already had a lot of fun setting up the blog on Google Cloud Engine and customizing the design. Not to mention inventing the name of

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