CAT | The right tool
I just got invited to a creative workshop that is supposed to synchronise ideas about a future product. When this workshop got announced it was announced to far too many people in the room with more than necessary kinds of experience. The idea was to be brainstorming.
With no clear goal..
Managing is a lot about reporting. Either you need to report to someone or you need to get reports to base your decisions on some facts. Preparing such reports is tedious though and can be automated.
I’ve chosen Google Docs for it.
Using these features could become a problem though..
Everybody who ever had to translate Photoshop designs into CSS must’ve thought at some point that this tedious work should be automated. Now long after my coding days a solution seems to exist.
Lately I get in touch with quite a few startup ideas. Since I am working for a publisher most of these ideas revolve around some form of digital journalism. They want to have a website, something readable on desktops, tablets and smartphones. Oh and they don’t have any technical skills nor too much money.
So I say WordPress.
When you need to create something from scratch you usually try to achieve your goal with off the shelve software in order to get a head start and to benefit from its maturity. You choose software by matching it against your requirements.
Sometimes though you should adapt your requirements to available software.
I just stumbled upon a news on VentureBeat saying PHP developers can now build mobile apps from their IDE. In PHP! This sounds as if you can code in PHP which then will be transformed into native code.
But it’s not working like that.
“Why do we need our software to be proprietary at all?” I was asked by my boss a couple of weeks ago. And by proprietary she meant things built on our own instead of taking something from the shelve.
I’m sure there are good reasons for being proprietary.
Over the past few days I have been spending some free time to put up a new blog for a friend of mine who want to start a new business. Because having just a blog isn’t enough infrastructure I setup a few Google Apps as well.
I was surprised how well integrated everything feels by now.