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Startup Product and Iteration Z

In February, I attended the inaugural Startup Product Summit, which was a fabulous one-day conference event in San Francisco.  Startup Product is part movement, part community of passionate product people, and part embodiment of one of the most talented people-organizers and evangelists of product excellence that I’ve ever met, Cindy F. Solomon.  The event itself […]

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Compare and Contrast: Sprintly and Pivotal Tracker

Pivotal Tracker is a pretty popular cloud tool for managing agile product development, and while there are many things I like about it, I have also been messing around with Sprint.ly since I heard the CEO, Joe Stump, speak at a product management event a few months ago.  I compared and contrasted a few aspects […]

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Coursera: Leading Strategic Innovations in Organizations

I’m about half-way through the course offered by David A. Owens, Professor of the Practice of Management and Innovation at Vanderbilt’s Graduate School of Management, where he directs the Executive Development Institute.  I’m enjoying the course, partly because I’m highly interested in innovation and how it happens, but also because Owens delivers the course well.  He’s […]

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Betrayed by a well-liked product

Originally posted on Iteration Z:
This post title may seem a bit dramatic, but this is exactly how I felt a few days ago when a product I use every day made a UI change that made me want to tear my hair out.  As many of you know, I work extensively with Cindy F.…

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What’s Happening at Startup Product Summit SF2

Originally posted on Startup Product:
The team at Startup Product is excitedly planning the details for Summit SF2, on October 11, 2013, and we wanted to share some more information about what you can expect from what will surely be a fabulous event, packed with great information delivered by excellent speakers that represent the best…

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An almost great UI for a subscription recipe service

Originally posted on Iteration Z:
RelishRelish.com was recommended to me last year, and though I didn’t stick with the service (my fault, not theirs – I just wasn’t organized enough to use the recipes all the time), there was a lot I liked about the aesthetic design of their site. Subtlety and Calm It conveys…

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Creating a formal business structure with the help of online legal services

Originally posted on Iteration Z:
A Quick History I created two companies before I set up Iteration Z, both in the late 90’s.  One experience involved purchasing an existing local brick-and-mortar business, while the other was in the technology realm – a niche web hosting company with a subscription-based business model.  In both cases, I…

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Courses: Gamification and Human-Computer Interaction on Coursera

I’m a learning junkie, and have just completed my fifth course on Coursera, with three others underway.  Two of the courses I particularly enjoyed were Gamification and Human-Computer Interaction, and both are set to begin their next run in the next few days.  Human-Computer Interaction begins on March 31, and Gamification on April 1.  If […]

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A Glimpse of the Next Generation of App Designers

Check out this Balsamiq blog post about a group of 8th-graders from Bullis Charter School who are being taught how to design and build apps.  Totally inspiring!  I was born before most of the world could conceive of “apps,” though by the time I was in high school, we did have a handful of computers with […]

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First Impressions: Sprintly for Agile Product Management

A few weeks ago, I attended the first StartUp Product Summit in San Francisco, and I was really happy with the event.  I shared some thoughts about my favorite speakers after I attended, but since then, I’ve also been checking out the products some of those speakers make.  I’ve been kicking around an idea for […]

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Book Review: Sketching User Experiences

Last fall, I took a Human-Computer Interaction course offered by Stanford’s Scott Klemmer on Coursera, and one of the books he recommended was Bill Buxton’s Sketching User Experiences.  Subtitled, ‘getting the design right and the right design,’ the book is highly engaging and full to the brim with rich content.  Published in 2007, the title […]

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My take on the StartUp Product Summit

Yesterday was the first “StartUp Product Summit,” co-produced by Cindy F. Solomon and Nadia Eghbal, and I felt it was an unqualified success.  The energy in the room was palpable, and the team designed the day to be not only informative, but also very interactive.  The crowd was welcoming; it small enough to have the opportunity […]

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Guest Post: MOOCs – Boon or Bane

While I’ve been knee-deep in Udacity’s CS-253 Web Development course, I’ve also been exchanging emails with Soumabha of Bytes and Banter. He, too, has been taking advantage of courses at Udacity and Coursera, so I asked him what he thought the pros and cons of these new educational systems are. Below are a few of […]

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