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More Newspaper Industry Musings

photo credit: dno1967 There’s a good article over at the Guardian entitled Memories of a Paywall Pioneer by former Salon.com managing editor Scott Rosenberg. He reflects on Salon’s experiences with various subscription and advertising strategies and muses on how Rupert Murdoch’s move to charge for content is likely to play out. I especially like this succinct formulation of the bad business strategy
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Your SDLC or Your Product – You Decide

…or the telephone game photo credit: tallkev Last weekend I was watching a movie with my kids. In the movie there was a chain of monkeys that needed to pass on the message from one character to one on the other side of the chain. The message went something like, “Don’t throw us over the wall. There must be another way. We will all be killed.” As it went through the chain and the receiver heard, “Throw us over the wal
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Innovation and Treating Developers Like Adults

Well-well look. I already told you: I deal with the god damn customers so the engineers don’t have to. I have people skills; I am good at dealing with people. Can’t you understand that? What the hell is wrong with you people?– Tom Smykowski photo credit: sdminor81 I get a lot of grief when I talk about agile practices and how it ends some inefficiencies, i.e. less personal activity during work hours
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Signs of the Nextpocalypse

Q: What is the NewNet? a) The increasing prevalence user-generated information on the Internet b) Push-web triumphs over pull-web c.) Social media d) An attempt to sell subscriptions to Om Malik’s new “research” service Answer: d. GigaOm Pro: Fresh Internet buzzwords, unsullied by the taint of the latest crash. Can I have my Web 2.0 back, please?
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Software Development and Wasted Motion

All the good stories in agile software development start “three manufacturing efficiency experts walk into a bar…” But seriously, I think it’s clear that software development has a greater affinity to manufacturing than to construction. So, its good to see the Lean and manufacturing folks get a little blog buzz over at AgileSoftwareDevelopment.com with Jack Milunky’s post The 7 Software
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Thinking about starting a SaaS or eCommerce business?

I’m approached by people every week that think they have a great “new” idea for a web startup.   The ideas run the gamut from those that aren’t yet technologically possible to those “new” ideas that I have received 10 similar calls on over the past year.   Here are some things to consider: Think about the business need and revenue model first.  Who are the users (your “customers”), what is the application or service
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Ten Keys to Successful Software Development: #9: Respect the Process

Software Development is difficult to get right. According to the latest figures, only 32% of software development projects are successful, and 43% of the features developed are not used. We’ve been successfully developing software for over 10 years, and have put together a list of 10 successful patterns (what works) and antipatterns (what doesn’t) based on this experience. The first installment covered #10, Tools and
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Contrasting Apple and Microsoft's Product Strategy: A Tale of Two Spills

Daring Fireball had another insightful article on the contrasting product strategies of Microsoft and Apple last week. Well worth a read in it’s entirety if you’re thinking about your own product strategy. A few observations were particularly trenchant and relevant to me in light of my own recent experience: Microsoft is no longer ignoring Apple’s market share gains and successful “Get a Mac” ad campaign.
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Want to go viral?

This last weekend, my wife was sitting at the computer and laughing.  I asked what was so funny, and she showed me a youtube video by Sons of Maxwell, a band from Halifax, Nova Scotia, called “United Breaks Guitars.”   The song tells the story of how United Airlines broke the lead singer’s guitar, and the 12 month saga of trying to get reimbursement: The video does not have a lot of production value, but its got humo
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What will Happen to a Giant

Although I’ve seen so many players rise and fall over the years, what has inspired this post is the irony of what is happening to Microsoft. In the early years of my technology career it was Microsoft’s ownership of the PC O/S market that primarily allowed other compatible hardware manufacturers to create innovation and eventually marginalize IBM’s dominance of that market. In the early years of PCs, the applications
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