2011-06-28

Why Diaspora will fail

Matthew Rogers back in 2010 – Why Diaspora will fail:

"Facebook isn't evil by accident. Its massive numbers of users allow it to be that way. If the majority of people actually cared enough about their online privacy, then they'd leave Facebook."

(Via Andreas Schiffler – Re: Replacing Facebook.)

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 19:46:21 +0000

What happens to user experience in a minimum viable product?

Ryan Singer at Signal vs. Noise – What happens to user experience in a minimum viable product?:

"Features can be different sizes with more or less complexity, but quality of experience should be constant across all features. That constant quality of experience is what gives your customers trust. It demonstrates to them that whatever you build, you build well."

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 10:04:08 +0000

How To Run A News Site And Newspaper Using WordPress And Google Docs

Lauren Rabaino – How To Run A News Site And Newspaper Using WordPress And Google Docs:

"1. Reporters and editors compose all stories in Google Docs. Using labels and native commenting, the stories get sent through the editing process.

2. When a story is ready to publish, it gets sent from Google Docs to WordPress with one click.

3. In WordPress, editors can publish the story to the web, then set up a print headline and print subhead.

4. The story then appears in inDesign, where print designers can lay out the print newspaper."

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 10:00:36 +0000
2011-06-21

Do the right thing, wait to get fired

Chade-Meng Tan – Do the right thing, wait to get fired:

"I recently learned that one reason he was so successful was because he was unafraid to speak the unpleasant truth to his superiors to their faces."

(Via Brian Fitzpatrick.)

Tue, 21 Jun 2011 10:03:11 +0000
2011-06-16

The trouble with usability experts

Stijn Debrouwere – The trouble with usability experts:

"Some engineers make unusable software because they're clueless about interaction design. Many others just make unusable software because we don't give them enough time to do a proper job. Hiring a usability expert won't solve that."

Thu, 16 Jun 2011 19:17:45 +0000
2011-06-14

Marketing to your own team

Matt Linderman at Signal vs. Noise – Marketing to your own team:

"It’s a good lesson: You’re not just sending out a message externally, you’re sending one out internally too. If your employees don’t believe it, the whole plan falls apart."

Tue, 14 Jun 2011 12:44:37 +0000

Content marketing is not enough — The fulfillment gap

Natasha Gabriel – Content marketing is not enough — The fulfillment gap:

"Too many companies focus on the on the point of sale as the key milestone, doing everything they can to close a sale. This is a flawed mindset. Instead of just trying to get money from customers, companies need to focus on getting customers satisfied with their purchase.  A big part of this is the disconnect between sales and fulfillment."

Tue, 14 Jun 2011 13:40:54 +0000
2011-06-11

Reading Feeds

Tim Bray – Reading Feeds:

"Speed and polish and good defaults win; how many times do we have to re-learn this?"

Sat, 11 Jun 2011 21:00:36 +0000
2011-06-09

The Mistake at the Heart of Agile

Gojko Adzic on a presentation by Michael Feathers – The Mistake at the Heart of Agile:

"Both scrum and XP had the same organisation context – protecting the development organisation from the rest of the business. 

[…] Keith Braithwaite said these ideas were implemented to give developers “a safe place to work” in the face of chaos on the other end and that such structures should be considered a temporary barrier."

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 13:43:00 +0000
2011-06-05

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of REST APIs

George Reese at O'Reilly Community – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of REST APIs:

"The data in your API calls should not look like highly normalized representations of database tables. They should represent a model of the data in a way that makes sense to API consumers. When you map APIs to your data/object model, you often end up with a chatty API."

Sun, 05 Jun 2011 20:33:44 +0000
2011-06-04

Caring

Seth Godin – Caring:

"If you want to build a caring organization, you need to fill it with caring people and then get out of their way."

Sat, 04 Jun 2011 21:13:48 +0000