Date: June2015

Thinking Out Loud

Where are we at?

Where are we at?

The industrial era was a time where people learned a useful skill set, took a job, crafted a lifetime career, and retired on a pension. A lot of people found jobs that allowed them to coast along doing the same old stuff for decades. Then the world discovered computers and joined them together, and created […]

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Executable ideas will be the most valuable products of the 21st century

Executable ideas will be the most valuable products of the 21st century

Ideas are nice, but only executable ideas produce economic and social benefits. The laws of impermanence now rule the marketplace. Execution rules. Entrepreneurship and self-employment are the strategies most likely to succeed. Startup companies and individual entrepreneurs are the powerhouse of the next economy. There are tens of thousands of startups – working right now on new […]

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Do-able

Do-able

Lean entrepreneurs can talk about the minimum viable product, but far more important is the maximum do-able project. Source: Seth’s Blog: Do-able

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Start broad, then go deep

Start broad, then go deep

The currently accepted wisdom is to start with “horizontal” prototypes, followed by “verticals”. Horizontal prototypes Horizontals are simple mockup simulations used during the project scoping phase. They are primarily used to get an overview from the user’s perspective. Horizontals give a broad view of the entire system, so you can concentrate on the big picture, rather than […]

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The Next Feature Fallacy

The Next Feature Fallacy

A few weeks ago, I read this tweet, and found myself nodding my head in vigorous agreement. The Next Feature Fallacy: the fallacy that the next feature you add will suddenly make people want to use the entire product. — Joshua Porter (@bokardo) May 14, 2015 For people who love to build product, when something’s […]

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How to solve the only problem you have

How to solve the only problem you have

Here are some fake problems you think you have : What shall we call this? What color is the logo? Should we include (insert desirable feature here) Which blog platform is best? Facebook or Google advertising? Is C++ better than PHP? Should we get an office? Here is the only real problem you have : Does […]

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Once upon a time

The industrial era was a time where people learned a useful skill set, took a job, crafted a lifetime career, and retired on a pension. A lot of people found jobs that allowed them to coast along doing the same old stuff for decades. Then the world discovered computers and joined them together, and created […]

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Only include what you can build

Don’t prototype features or functionality that cannot be implemented. How many times do you get a nice looking PhotoShop design as your brief? It’s nicely sliced and diced ready to roll. Sweet. You are really happy, because the client has clearly got his shit together. You start translating into HTML/CSS or binary code, or whatever you […]

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When to Prototype

When your product is multi-functional When there’s a steep learning curve for newbies When you need buy-in from diverse stakeholders When you find it difficult to describe with words and arm-waving  When you are not sure of the requirements Prototyping is most beneficial in systems that have lots of interactions with the users. Apps that require […]

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Your Rosetta Stone

Your Rosetta Stone

In product development, the minimum viable product (MVP) is a method that exposes your idea to potential customers in a tangible form, so that they can grasp your vision, and give valuable feedback before committing resources. It’s a way to find a profitable product/market fit, or to exit gracefully. Minimum time and cost, minimum risk. The prototypes that you […]

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