The Illustrated Primer

Tag: feature functionality

Just Say No to Features

To hit the market early and within budget, your feature development strategy must focus on creating the bare essential functionality. So in this vein, you should make it prove itself to be a “worthy survivor”. Your features need to be tough, resilient, and lean. I have come to embrace the U.S Navy SEAL’s “hell week” screening approach before letting any one of them into my development cycle.

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Designed for Humans

After participating in and leading many painful software design meetings, I have come to the realization that the best way to sell the top design idea is to first share some of the alternative and inferior ones.

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Crafting Great Software Features Part-1

Most failures in software usability can be attributed to poor decisions at the executive level, which are promulgated due to a culture of silence. Developers and designers should be encouraged to think critically about their work and be provided with official channels for expressing their opinions (in a non polemic manner).

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Bells and Whistles

The car industry more than any other manufacturing sector embraced a strategy that focused entirely on building a product with the highest degree of obsolescence and greatest curb appeal. Traditional engineering principles like longevity, efficiency and environmental friendliness were sacrificed and replaced with a lot of chrome, fender size, overpowered V8 engines and pink leather.

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The Illustrated Primer