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Janessa Olson's Blog


Janessa Olson is a Data and Tools Product Manager at Kongregate. She enjoys talking at length about flowcharts, user research, how underrated FF8 was, and her theories about why Nintendo took years to mass produce a backlit handheld. She spoke at GDC 2020 about Minimum Viable Products, and now has a YouTube channel for all things Product and Video Games. You can find her waxing poetic regrading all things Product and Video Games (and the occasional dog) on her twitter @LittleDovah.                              


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Posted by Janessa Olson on Tue, 12 May 2020 10:43:00 EDT in Design, Production, Console/PC
Many folks know about the Game & Watch, but how many know the impact that it had on Nintendo's handheld gaming? In this video, learn more about how important Product Vision is, how you can use it to drive your product growth, using examples from Nintendo.

Posted by Janessa Olson on Tue, 02 Jul 2019 10:55:00 EDT in
How one of Nintendo's least-known Minimum Viable Products shaped the history of handheld gaming.

Posted by Janessa Olson on Wed, 08 May 2019 01:28:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
History remembers the Game Gear as a failure. History is wrong.

User testing is putting a product in front of a human (ideally someone who would be a potential user of the product) and watching them interact with it. By the end of this article, you'll know how to get out there and quickly test products of your own.

Janessa Olson's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 07/01/2019 - 10:35]

I like how you touched ...

I like how you touched on animations with movement within games- not a thing I had thought previously but still tremendously important to player experience and growth. r n r nI haven 't played Spiderman I know, I know , but another thing I loved about Super Mario Odyssey is ...

Comment In: [Blog - 07/02/2019 - 10:55]



Comment In: [Blog - 02/19/2019 - 05:27]

Hi Bryan I 'm more ...

Hi Bryan I 'm more than happy to share new ideas, I hope they serve you well. : Thanks for reading