The Minimum Viable Feature

You’ve been there. A customer asks for a thing they consider to be an easy ask and it’s not in the current product. It might actually be easy or it might be quite hard – you don’t know yet (and you have a sneaking suspicion for one or the other). You could say “no, not ever”,…

Write Down Your Goals

If there’s nothing else you remember from this post, spend 15 minutes writing down your goals for your next project so that you explain them better to the people who matter. The simple act of writing down your goals is a powerful organizer for you, the people you are interacting with in your project, and…

Ideas are a Dime a Dozen

I know: ideas are a dime a dozen (or perhaps cheaper with inflation these days). Yet the process of creating, nurturing, and executing on ideas is one of the most critical tasks we do. Getting ideas from start to finish (from inspiration to the point of execution) faster means that you can choose from more…

Who won Super Bowl 49 on Social Media?

Who won Super Bowl 49 on Social Media? We all know it now — in Super Bowl 49, The Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots left their bodies on the field as they battled for the NFL’s Lombardi Trophy. While all of metro Seattle is still smarting from the loss, and New England continues to celebrate,…

Imagining the machine

Photo by zigazou76 You’ve probably been there: a meeting where there’s a great idea to make a new feature. “Wouldn’t be great if…” is often the trigger to a neat, as yet unproven idea. So how can you get more information to help your team decide whether the idea might actually work? Start by imagining…