Tool tips is a regular series where Hightail employees share their life’s most essential apps, online services and websites. Next up is Senior Product Manager, Adriano Blanaru.
As a product manager, when it comes to understanding the health of the product, user behavior and impact of the changes we make, analytics is key. We use Heap Analytics to track what’s going on in Spaces, so I naturally spend a decent chunk of my time sifting through data and performing analyses in there. However, when it comes to more complex data studies, I still have to resort to the good old Excel, which is probably my favorite tool of all times (I’ve been using it heavily since my old days in finance, in the 90’s and 00’s). Google Sheets is great for simple tables and numbers when multiple people have to pitch in, but it’s still nowhere near Excel when it comes to more involved tasks.
I work closely with Hightail’s Design team, so I’ve become an avid user of Sketch, which allows me to explore flows, mockups and designs on my own without depending on or, more importantly, bugging my designer colleagues. When it comes to providing an outlet to my creative and tinkering needs, I’ve been playing with Sketch for illustrations as well. Maybe it’s not the best tool for this purpose, but it’s powerful enough to allow me to give form to my love for Formula 1 racing and the great Ayrton Senna.
As a DIY’er, I love to fix and build things, and Instructables is a great resource. From metal forging to furniture building and electronics, it’s an almost endless source of inspiration and instructions. Couple that with YouTube tutorials and the right tools, and I have the feeling that I can figure out how to do anything.
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