Here’s a long read about something most techies know: At Facebook, you are the product.
“When the soul becomes the warrior, all fear melts,
as the snowflake that falls upon your hand.”
Introduction: Recently I was talking with some people recently about “design”, and as an effort to show how the design process works, I used the process of designing a coffee mug as a way of explaining the process. This article walks you through this process, though the actual designs are up to you.
This oreilly.com article about balancing quality and product features (from the perspective of a CTO/CIO) is a good read. The editor’s note states, “This is part of a series exploring the trials and tribulations of first-time managers. Camille Fournier, former CTO at Rent the Runway, is often asked for advice on how to make the transition from an individual contributor to a manager.”
One lesson learned from Apple recently is that if your products stagnate, people will start to look around, and may spend their money elsewhere. As just one small example of this, iOS got boring for me, so I started looking around and bought an Android tablet instead of a new iPad. These days the Mac and macOS feel stagnant — or worse than that, moving in the wrong direction by removing features like Spaces — so I’m looking at desktop alternatives as well.
The words “The tyranny of the final product” remind me of every software project I’ve ever been involved with, and the few books I’ve written.
This image comes from the table of contents of the book On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction.
I thought “agile” processes would have had a big impact on software project failure rates, but according to Gartner, as of 2012 the failure rates for reasonably large projects is still very high. Image from this Twitter page.
At the moment I don’t know if this talk is any good, but I do like the pictures/slides, and I want to come back and re-visit it at some point. The title of the presentation is, “Lean Startup for Agile Product Management.”
A great quote from Jonathan Ive about focusing on product, and how when you focus on product (design), everything else just falls into place. (Personally I think this is true when someone is clearly in charge, like when Steve Jobs was in charge, or now that Mr. Ive seems to be in charge of design and software.)