There are many uninformed opinions on what product managers actually do. Now, just for the fun of it, there is the solution:
You may have notice the link from Ellen post that I quoted last week about How to deal with Software Engineers. Hilarious, yet so true…
Programming can be so easy at times. Until someone cares about testing.
I found this hilarious article on how developers make assumptions based on their own culture and mindset. These assumptions turn out to be totally wrong as soon as someone lays a bit more attention on them. But have we not all made one of these errors before?
It’s a fun article with a very true background.
This is something for a laugh: Cartoons of the different types of software engineers. Personally, I like the Teflon-gineer most, but also found real-life examples of all other types.
Tom Fishburne, a marketing cartoonist I like, posted a cartoon and an article on Brand Purpose, stating that brand purposes can be successful but need to be considered properly. After all, commercial brands need to make money. (Non-profit brands are an exception.)
In order to create a meaningful brand purpose, this article shows what needs to be regarded.
I just came across this shop, which offers posters for start-ups. Product Managers will also love them!
I personally like top “Get Shit Done” mug best. It’s simple and strikingly motivating.
And I do not have any benefits from recommending this shop – I simply like it.
I was unaware that Google kerns text differently than usual when searching for the term “Kerning”, as this post illustrates. This is a very pretty and nice feature, but in fact it does not provide any use. Still nice.
I was also unaware that the term “Keming” exists, which stands for too tightly kerned text.
I was unaware that the term “Hockey Stick” was so wide-spread that even cartoons cover it, such as this one (quite funny).
The Hockey Stick is the phenomenon that sales increase slightly in the first three quarters of the year, with a sharp peak in quarter four. The resulting sales chart looks like a hockey stick.
Happy Easter! I hope you are enjoying your Easter holidays.
Now that we’re at it: Did anyone else notice that Easter Eggs in software became really rare? Ten years and longer ago, it seemed to be good practice to include an Easter Egg, undocumented feature, or funny functionality in any software. In today’s times, this is not the case any more.
There are probably a series of reasons:
- Security concerns: Unknown features may include security holes.
- QA concerns: Unknown features may not be allowed by Quality Assurance.
- Audit acceptability concerns: Each feature needs to be documented in order to have the software audited or certified.
All these are valid reasons, so probably the era of Easter Eggs is over. Except during the Easter holidays.