Archive for August 2012
Can you identify with the product you work on? I have been talking about this with a number of people lately and we all came to the conclusion that a high level of identification will eventually lead to high quality.
On all levels.
So why was prototype chosen back then?
End of the final sprint just before the launch and chaos is entering our processes. Last minute additions and changes pop up. It’s weekend work and every helping hand is welcome.
I was discussing this question with a journalist the other day as journalists are amongst others the people we work for at my company. I’m not talking about the programming language but the language used for your object and function names, variables and comments etc.
A few years ago I would’ve had a different opinion on this.
You might know the situation. You have done your part as a team and everything is ready. The deadline is close now but you will meet it.
And then you are hindered by your own infrastructure..
Yesterday a friend of mine pointed me to a series of short (about 12 minutes each) videos about copyright and patent laws and the basic principles of our human culture.
I was impressed by this series and thought I share it with you.
Just recently I was speaking to and about three ventures of very different fields. One wants to sell a service to developers, the other one wants to be a specialist agency for a niche industry and the last one wants to build a tool they can sell as a service for websites that monetize through advertising.
All of them come from a techie background and all of them have a communication problem.
Ever worked for a company that equips all of their employees with the same tools (those with the same job description of course)? This is how we work here. You have to use this IDE and that virtual machine player.
Ever switched to your favorite tool instead?
In my company we are running several products in parallel. Each of our brands has a print publication, a website, a phone app and maybe a tablet app. As things go these different products can easily have different business models, target groups and potential.
That’s why there needs to be a mission statement.
Hosting is a crucial business for websites. No matter how many talented developers you employ when the hosting breaks your website breaks. That’s why any company needs to care about its server admins and how they are organized.
Having a dedicated department seems to be the worst option.