Working with application development – either on the web, on the desktop or any other place – is often quite interesting. When making new releases features are added, changed – or in rare cases removed.
As a developer – or “software product manager” – it must be an interesting challenge to keep up with the users and the market to capture the features and changes to a product, which will make it better from release to release.
There are probably many ways to try to keep up – by doing research and by listening to user feedback seems to be two obvious choices, but I’m sure, there are many others. Some, I’m sure is also just a gut feeling of what might be cool new features. If you’re good – and now the users, the market and the competitors, you’re making steady progress.
Yet sometimes you miss. The slow adoption rate of Microsoft Vista might be a sign of a very public miss.
It doesn’t have to be a big miss, to chase a user away.
This weekend it happened to one of my favorite iPod Touch games – Tap Defense was upgraded to version 2.0 – and while most of the updates probably are great, there’s one little detail, which probably ensured I’ll rarely play it again (unless I find a way to fix it).
I used to play Tap Defense a lot while listening to Audiobooks and Podcasts. The new version has been updated with sound effects and music – and now the podcast or audiobook goes away (pauses) when the game is launched.
I’m sure TapJoy, developers of the Tap Defense game, are proud of their new sounds, but if I need to choose between the game and my listening to podcasts, the game looses. Please bring the ability to keep listening to what every the iPod plays, back in version 2.1.
It’s that time of the week again, and since my list for the weekly review was pretty slim, I thought I’d share one of my productivity gems. As the name suggest it’s a weekly process where the activities of the past week as well as the coming week is reviewed and processed.
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In March 2003 I barked about a Meeting clock. It must be a great idea, when MAKE reference it and sort make it a reality almost 4 years after, right? – If you liked the Meeting clock, there probably are a few other inspirational toughts in the Project Management category, enjoy.
With email, instant messaging, texting and mobile phones, we’re always reachable. Being available always can be a problem. Here are a few tips on how to detach your self sometimes and get a little time to get work done.
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Make a small list every day of the items you need to do. Use checkmarks and track your progress throughout the day an notice which thinks out side the list, eats you time away. Run with the system a week and use the result.
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Every workplace seem to have a certain fondness for mettings, and some organizations seems to have so many meetings that they hardly have time to mind their business. There are a few tricks, which can help you make the most of meetings – or at least lessen the pain.
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Generally I’m a fan of the GTD-thinking, and while I may not be following the system (yet anyway) I have picked up a few habits, which seems to help a lot. I’ll try to post a few items on some of the things, which seems to work for me. First item on that list, is the ”no morning meetings”.
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The past months my calendar at work seems to have been a pure mayhem of meetings, seminars and other activities away from my desk and the feeling of during actual work. There are however one trick, which seems to do magic – make a meeting without inviting anyone.
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It seems most software has a lot of features, that we don’t know about or don’t use. Some of these features can actually prove themselves highly valuable in the every usage of a given program, and one of the small but powerful tips is how to color code your mail.
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I’ve been reading a lo ton the GTD philosophy the past six months, and while I haven’t fully adopted the preaching’s, some things are working better for me, than in the past in terms of time and project management. This is how I try to work towards less stressful days and more actual work.
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