Criticism and Two Way Streets A post by Jason Fried titled “Give it 5 minutes” reminded me of a great technique I learned about from Bill Buxton. Bill is a Principal Researcher in Microsoft where his main role focuses on designing a company that permits great design to happen. As many have learned to their peril, it’s not simply a case of just dumping talent in a room full of Ikea furniture. Free Agile Project Management Templates in Excel Agile Project Plan Template An agile project plan is based on features. The plan estimates how long it will take for each feature to be delivered, without much detail on how it will be delivered. And because the project plans are focused on features, you can group similar features into sprints. Online Collaboration Tool Prioritize and plan Prioritize your backlog and break it into iterations. Don’t guess how much your team can do—use our groovy velocity charts to plan realistically. Monitor progress
Screw the Power Users I designed HomeSite and TopStyle for power users. Only power users would want to edit HTML & CSS by hand, so I made sure to cater to them. Those products were filled with features and tool buttons, and their settings dialogs contained dozens of geeky options. Customers liked them that way. Agile Excel Spreadsheet for the Product Backlog I want to show a real easy way to put user stories in a spreadsheet-based product backlog. I wrote this after seeing someone tweet a screen capture of a product backlog I made nine years ago and thought to myself, “Yikes, that's out of date for how I do it today …” So in this post, well look at an agile product backlog template in Excel. As you probably know, I'm a big fan of writing the product backlog in the form of user stories and of writing user stories in the form: “As a _____, I ______, so that _______.” An example being: “As a frequent flyer, I really want to be able to connect to the internet while flying so that I can update my blog while traveling rather than having to save this as a text file and updating my blog later.”
Will new a royalty deal mean more money for labels and musicians? Ever wonder how musicians and music publishers get paid for all the digital music distributed by streaming services, stored in media lockers, and distributed via playlists and special bundles? Music publishers and artists have been wondering, too — because, for most artists anyway, the money from these new services hasn’t amounted to a hill of beans. Now, there’s an answer: A new agreement between music publishers, record labels, digital media services, and mobile phone companies for the first time establishes payment standards and mechanical royalty rates for new digital music business models. Assuming the settlement is approved by the Copyright Royalty Board, that means music publishers, record labels, and even actual songwriters will be able to participate in the royalty stream from new digital music services, like Apple’s iCloud and streaming outfits like Spotify. What’s the new deal?
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Is Direct Selling The Next Driver Of Startup Commerce Companies? Editor’s note: Jeremy Liew is a managing director at Lightspeed Venture Partners. Follow him on Twitter @jeremysliew. The April 5 edition of The Wall Street Journal had two articles about direct selling. One notes that the key driver of Coty’s takeover attempt of Avon is the ability to move additional product through Avon’s dominant direct sales channel in Brazil. Rarely say yes to feature requests - Inside Intercom Here’s a simple set of Yes/No questions that you can quickly answer before you add another item to your product roadmap. Saying yes to a feature request – whether it’s a to an existing customer, a product enquiry, a teammate, or a manager – is immediately rewarding. It’s an unspoken transaction where you barter long term product focus in exchange for short term satisfaction. Buying short term joy for the cost of long term pain is the human condition.
Project Tracking for Software Teams Test and deploy your code to production at lightning speed with high-performance pipelines. Start small and scale up as needed. Quickstarts Read more “We moved from month-long deployment cycles to daily deployments […] to 6 data centers worldwide […] We (now) see 4,000 change lists a week, at check-in we run 20K tests and the check-in experience takes about 10 mins.” Read more Cloud Communications And The Future of Marketing In The Post-PC World Editor’s note: Dan Kaplan does Product Marketing for Twilio, which is hosting a conference on cloud communications in October. Follow him on Twitter @dankaplan. If you are a marketer who has spent the last 10 years mastering the art of capturing and converting customers on the desktop web, the rapid rise of smartphones and the iPad might make you nervous. You’ve built businesses on paid search, written essays about optimizing lead forms and studied the ever-changing subtleties of SEO. Using cookies that follow us around the web, you’ve turned display advertising into a performance medium.