June 2011

Agile in FDA Regulated Medical Software – Partnering

This may be generic advice, but it might not be a familiar concept for those in IT working within a large organization doing validated software: Once you adopt the practices described in my previous blogs about regulated software, you will find that you aren’t working alone anymore. The tight feedback cycles allow you to regularly check-in with the business and involve them in building the software. Once this h
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Lean User Experience at the Chicago Lean Startup Circle

Bob Moll, Pathfinder Software’s Lead User Experience Designer, and Bernhard Kappe, Pathfinder’s CEO are giving a talk on Lean User Experience at the Chicago Lean Startup Circle on June 30th. User Experience is critical to the success of a software product: Well designed apps get used and recommended, poorly designed ones get discarded. But traditional user experience is slow and expensive and doesn’
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It’s not about software

In a recent article, John Gruber masterfully compared Google’s and Apple’s software strategy. He insightfully concluded that Apple solved the software distribution problem through their app store therefore doesn’t have to rely on browser based software. As a result of that, they can have all the benefits of native apps. Read the article, I was impressed by its sobriety. He does have a grave misconce
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Facebook and Twitter for Customer Acquisition

In a lean startup, marketing is a process of discovery using fast feedback loops, just like customer development and agile development. Customer interviews and the process you use to get those initial interviews will give you some initial information and validation on your positioning (unique value proposition) and channels. But that’s only the beginning. You’ve got to test your messages and your channels
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How to Run a Brainstorming Session

Brainstorming sessions are great for solving problems and generating ideas. You will enhance your results by remembering a few key guidelines for running your session. 1. Create Specific Questions in Advance To engage a group, it pays to have a plan. For brainstorming, the plan can be quite simple. Start your session with a question. For example, “What words describe the personality our product might want to co
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Comparing video conferencing platforms

Recently I have been tasked with researching options for video conferencing platforms that one can integrate with a software product. I will share it how I see it and I would love to hear what you have to say. High expectations We used to sit down at our desk, plug in or adjust the external web camera, turn Skype on and start chatting on our hard-line cable or DSL connection. Dropped frames and pixelation came with i
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Sticky Notes, Walls and Whiteboards: When to Use Low-Fi Methods

In the age of hi-fi tools, low-fi tools still have their place and a very important place. But when should you go with low-fi? Here are some insights. Team Involvement When team participation is needed low-fi methods are almost always the best. Everyone can relate to and use a whiteboard, markers and sticky notes. Also, with low-fi tools people can easily work together or in teams. This creates a productive chemistry
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