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… Continue reading Gutenberg, more than an editor, the future of web editing

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… Continue reading Opportunity Is What Happens When Luck Meets Preparation

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… Continue reading Be Better: Don’t Be Hooked ™

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… Continue reading I hate the MVP culture

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… Continue reading Hands On Management Is Great Unless The Hands Are Always On

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… Continue reading Opinion on medium.com

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… Continue reading Smart people shine in the light, wise people glow in the dark

What is product management?

© 2011 Martin Eriksson. Re-use with appropriate attribution. 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… Continue reading What is product management?

What Is Management?

​First management is not a “business term”. Management is just a generic human activity, mainly: Management is any activity that creates empowerment But what is empowerment? Empowerment is the complex result of of ability, motivation, drive and action. Only when all four components are active, does empowerment start. There are four basic tenants of empowerment:… Continue reading What Is Management?

Leader over population

Look at these: I am so tired of this leader versus manager, boss vs manager, leader vs boss differences. In fact there are none. I believe that those who make these comparisons don’t get the following: You can’t compare managers to leaders. Leadership is a function of management. So a manager is a leader, by default. Not… Continue reading Leader over population

Three human qualities that make a saint

get them and the gates will open by themselves 1. Wisdom Here are the components of wisdom: grasp + insight = synthesis memory + association = expression synthesis + expression = wisdom Grasp is the ability to understand the domain, globally seeing all the connections between the intricate parts. Not everyone shares a strong grasp… Continue reading Three human qualities that make a saint