Monday, December 21, 2009

From the Intrawebs - December 21

I've decided to move the posting of my From the Intrawebs series from Friday to Monday. A bit of a theme showed up this week around presenting

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  • Achieving Flow in a Lean Startup: I believe customer development and the lean startup philosophy have value in any organization. This is a great overview of the philosophy and how to implement it for somebody who belongs in both the development world and the customer world. This defines most startup founders and product managers both.

  • Stunningly Awful Demo Evolution - Have You Ever Seen Demos Get Shorter?: Is every moment in your demo reflecting a solution to a known customer need? If not, it is time to cut the cruft and rethink that demo!

  • The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint: Product management is a presentation-heavy profession. The 10/20/30 rule is appropriate here as well as pitching venture capitalists.

  • The Myth of the Page Fold: Evidence From User Testing: I see this as an example of why bringing in usability experts (either on-staff or consultants) is important to building software. It is so easy to believe in usability mythos that are completely inaccurate and scientifically proven as such.

  • A not-so-brief chat with Randall Stephenson of AT&T: Perhaps the best Fake Steve Jobs article I've read. A compelling read on the problems with short-term thinking that had so become so deeply ingrained in the US corporate culture. WARNING: Vulgar language lies herein.



Disclaimer: Unless otherwise noted, I have no affiliation with linked properties other than being an interested reader, a happy user, or a potential customer: Nobody pays to receive a link. Any opinions of linked properties are their, not mine. I may or may not agree, but to be on this list I think their opinion is interesting.
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