Tag: Business

  • Product management for open source products

    This post was due about 4 years ago. In the meantime things changed. Some didn’t 🙂 I would like to propose that open source projects should create an in-house product management organisation/working group/team to work as part of the wider open source project community. This is not easy because, in the world of open-source software, […]

  • The business solar system

    Money or profit is the sun. Mercury is sales. The closest to it, taking all the heat. The ones on the sun side are cold calling, direct sales. On the backside, in the hot dark, commercial contracts, deals, and new business. Venus is marketing. Looking cool on the outside but a literal hell on the […]

  • Gutenberg, more than an editor, the future of web editing

    Did you or a friend ever start to move furniture around the house? For any reason. Like making more “space”, or adding order to chaos? Or removing clutter, unearthing things to throw away?  Did you, or a friend, got at the end of exhausting days of work only to realize that you solved none of […]

  • Opportunity Is What Happens When Luck Meets Preparation

    Take the other pill: Yet, who am I to argue with Seneca? I think, all opportunity is based on a weird arrangement of the universe, on a specific moment. I think, there is no opportunity without luck. This might well be the reason for ninety-nine in one hundred startups failing. And, it is a soothing fact for […]

  • Be Better: Don’t Be Hooked ™

    “all humans are motivated to seek pleasure and avoid pain, to seek hope and avoid fear, and finally, to seek social acceptance and avoid rejection.” ― Nir Eyal, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products First, ignore pleasure Pleasure is temporary. Pleasure comes to you without your effort of seeking it out. The only thing you have to […]

  • I hate the MVP culture

    In product development, the minimum viable product (MVP) is a product with just enough features to gather validated learning about the product and its continued development. (the wiki) This is what happens when efficiency concepts permeate culture. The MVP, a good idea gone bad: Tinder the MVP of dating Online dating as the MVP of courtship […]

  • Hands On Management Is Great Unless The Hands Are Always On

    “If Your Boss Could Do Your Job, You’re More Likely to Be Happy at Work”, said Harvard Business Review. That means, employees are far happier when they are led by people with deep expertise in the core activity of the business. Indeed an old assumption, one going back to days of middle age guilds, that true […]

  • Opinion on medium.com

    You can’t make unicorns like that. Automattic, the “WordPress company”, is valued at 1.16 Billion medium.com is valued at 600 million medium is supposed to be an unicorn This is peanuts. Asking for money for profile tools? Paying for premium access to followers? Ha ha! It is as if google would drop its advertising business and get […]

  • Smart people shine in the light, wise people glow in the dark

    find out why this is important We like trinkets, since forever. We love shiny new toys and sparks and glitter and just about anything bright that beautifully distorts the light it reflects. So do crows. Because we’re all crows who hoard crap, because its shiny and pretty, we inadvertently have expanded this behavior on how we […]

  • What is product management?

    In a previous article I have talked about management in general. I was explaining my opinion on how management is any activity that creates empowerment. By effect, management as an activity should result in ability, motivation, drive and action. But it is only management if the four results are intertwined by a common goal. Considering […]