Friday, October 28, 2011

Steve Jobs and the 60 minutes interview

In preparation for his new biography entitled Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, Isaacson went on 60 minutes to discuss Steve Jobs and his life leading up to his death.

The interview is broken into 2 parts and I highly recommend watching (may take some time to load):

Part 1:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

StarWest 2011 Keynote Presentations

I've uploaded two Keynote Presentation's from this years (2011) StarWest conference.

The first is James Whittaker's Keynote entitled All That Testing is Getting in the Way of Quality:

Monday, October 10, 2011

Expandable Post Summaries for Blogger

Expandable post summaries are the method by which each blog post consists of a short intro paragraph followed by a "Read More" link. They make for faster viewing and loading of web pages while still giving readers access to the information they want. Turns out blogger makes it very easy to do this.

Using a feature called jump breaks or "after the jump" summaries, edit a post and in the "Compose" mode there is a icon that looks like this:

Insert the jump break after the paragraph or line where you want the introduction to end and everything below that line will appear once the user clicks the "Read More" link. That's all there is to it!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

James Bach's Open Lecture on Software Testing

I got to talk to James Bach last week at StarWest 2011 in Anaheim. I joined his Critical Thinking class for its final 2 hours on Tuesday after walking out on my boring afternoon half-day tutorial on Open Source tools.

I was surprised when I was able to catch up to and chat with him after the class. I asked about the books he recommended that were on sale at the convention at which point he gave me his copy of Captivating Lateral Thinking Puzzles he'd shown in class. (Thank you, although my girlfriend finds it amusing to open the book and quiz me randomly.) In our chat I told him I enjoyed this Open Lecture:

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Learning about customers

Working for a startup company you go through a lot of problems, potential solutions and more problems. I was reminded of my company in the article by Startup Lessons Learned entitled Validated learning about customers. Eric Ries, who writes the Startup Lessons Learned blog, describes two scenarios with two fictional companies.

My company is like the first company in his post: the metrics of success change constantly and our product definition fluctuates regularly. Our development team is always busy but those efforts don't exactly lead to added value to the product. We are pretty good at selling the one-time product but we have to put a lot of effort into each sale and so the sales process isn't scalable. Worse it's frustrating that management doesn't see this.