Friday, November 21, 2008

Visual Search Platform Viewzi Launches Timeline View

Visual Search Platform Viewzi Launches Timeline View
This is phenominal. Viewzi offers you multiple lenses through which you "view" your results. It is fantastic. You package your searches any way you like. I think this is on the list of "next big things".

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Requirement Gathering Junk Piles

Haven't posted for a while because at Big Corp we've been "requirement gathering". Big Corp is between processes now - and there's a big push for User Centered Design. As this all gets sorted out, we still have to deal with the old process. Old processes die hard. 

So we still have Product Managers walking into meetings with lists of unrelated demands that they call "business requirements", devoid of any substantiation on how these things will help the end product. Here's a few examples:
  1. "Make the header on the weather larger"
  2. "Put 50 video links on the page"
  3. "Increase click through"
  4. "Make modules customizable"
Granular, disconnected requirements that are layered into the development process without an overall strategy will kill your product. Over time - sprint by sprint - the product will degrade in appearance, function, and ability to generate revenue. This is the requirement gathering junk pile. 

That's what I've got for today.