Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Just like with Thanksgiving, it is hard to have a blog and not make a New Years post. New Years posts tend to be one of two types: retrospective or aspirational. I'll focus on the latter.

My primary goal is to make my blog a better place for you. Here is how I hope to accomplish that:

Frequency: The last few weeks has seen a dip in quantity of posts. I want to keep a solid rythym going in posts with at least one new content post and one From the Intrawebs post a week. If you have any questions about product management or software development in general, feel free to send me a note via e-mail or Twitter.

Quality: Higher quantity is useless if the quality isn't worth reading. I spend a lot of time trying to gain product management knolwedge (from web sites, books, the PDMA's Visions journal, iTunesU, and anywhere else I can find). I want to more explicitly include and reference those sources to provide backing to the comments I make. While blogs will always be anecdotal and subjective, I would like to provide some weight to those anecdotes.

Voice: By the end of the year, I want to have identified my voice, so if you see a post, you'll know it's the Software Maven, even if my name isn't on the post. While that is most easily accomplished through humor (Hi, Cranky Product Manager! :), and I would certainly like to incorporate more humor, I want something different.

Interaction: I stepped outside of my comfort zone by having phone calls with people I respect for my Career Change series. I want to bring more of that kind of interaction into my blog. Again, ping me if you have ideas or would like to collaborate on something.

If you made it this far, thanks for reading. My blog has been an incredibly useful tool for myself over the last few years as I've organized my thoughts. As I move into the future and achieve these goals, I hope it becomes a valuable tool for you as well.

I hope 2010 is a happy, prosperous year for you! Happy New Year!
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