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How to sink a product/platform business?

How to sink a product/platform business?

How can one recognize whether a product company has a chance to be truly successful, or well, it's doomed for a somewhat vegetative existence? If I had the decent answer to that problem, I'd probably be crazy rich already -…

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Stacking projects upon product development (is wrong)

Stacking projects upon product development (is wrong)

Pros and cons of both product-oriented and project-oriented development are well known, but some companies try to mix both paradigms, apparently to get the best of both worlds. How does it look alike in practice? Does it make sense? What…

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Knocking down a featurestein

Knocking down a featurestein

Story #1I'm a serial note-taker. I've used dozens of apps to improve my note-taking: tag information, simplify formatting, improve navigation, etc. I wasn't limiting myself to free software only: paying for software was never an issue - as long as…

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When people care about what you do (for them)

When people care about what you do (for them)

Last week we've released a new mobile app for our business users (we have a SaaS-enabled Marketplace, so we have apps for those businesses' customers as well). There were no advertisements, no marketing, no previews. We were polishing it quietly,…

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Developers who don't ask WHY

Developers who don't ask WHY

TL;DR Over the next few years we'll likely see another big shift in software developement industry -> basic app building knowledge will commoditize & another generation of smaller & bigger development centers will pop up. This model is…

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Strongholds: Conway's Law in micro-scale

Strongholds: Conway's Law in micro-scale

TL;DR No org composition is perfect & given forever - things that didn't matter much when you were 10 may suffocate your whole engineering unit when it grows to 30. That's why engineering units should keep evolving - to…

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