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YANSS 122 – How our unchecked tribal psychology pollutes politics, science, and just about everything else – You Are Not So Smart
We aren’t treating tribalism as a basic human drive, but that’s what it is. Fast food lowered the cost to satisfy a basic drive, and we grew fat. Then we figured it out. Social media lowered the cost to exhibit tribal behaviors, and we are growing apart. But we can figure this out too. In…
Empathy in Technology Product Design with Venture Capitalist Sarah Kunst from Proday on the Hanselminutes Technology Podcast: Fresh Air for Developers
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Product Warrior Podcast: Janna Bastow Talks the Challenges of Established Products - Mind the Product
Product Warrior Podcast: Janna Bastow Talks the Challenges of Established Products
BY DAVE MARTIN ON FEBRUARY 9, 2018
This week’s Product Warrior podcast, supported by Mind The Product, centres on the challenge of “adopting” an established product from previous product management.
ProdPad and Mind The Product co-founder Janna Bastow explains how existing products in different growth stages come with additional product challenges compared with greenfield products. Such challenges include:
Business and operational constraints
Messy backlog of features and bugs
Click here to listen to Janna on the Product Warrior podcast in iTunes, or use the player below.
Janna advises that we consider different user personas around the cohorts of new and advanced users. Consideration of these user groups is key when interpreting experimentation results, she says. Advanced users needs will evolve with the product.
Based on her experiences of working with many product managers around the world, Janna shares how changing an established product introduces a fear of upsetting the user base and of a negative impact on numbers. She warns against the following bad habits:
Stalling decision making until perfect data is found
Making decisions based on unclean data or not enough data
Shock when your data points you in the wrong decision
Janna shares her personal experiences of the difficulties in staying true to the strategic focus of the product and avoiding becoming a feature factory. She explains how to use your roadmap to stay aligned to company strategy.
Listen to the podcast to hear Janna explain the detail.
Next Thursday’s episode features a story from BrandWatch with senior product manager Mark Rogers.
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About DAVE MARTIN
Dave Martin is Chief Product Officer at Tes Global and a podcasting blogger at Product Warrior. He is passionate about lean product management, growth innovation and process improvement. His product battle scars and learnings come from working or consulting interesting folks such as PepsiCo, Google, Monster.com, Essence Digital, Skybet, Comparethemarket.com, Bauer Media, ThoughtWorks and various startups.
Reese Roper is the lead singer for the legendary Christian band Five Iron Frenzy. He offers some interesting insights to the phenomena of Christian music in the 90’s. Reese is very honest about his thoughts on the Christian music scene and the marketing that went into it. We also dive into the aspect of…
Dan Wilson on New ‘Re-Covered’ Album, Working With Adele Through ‘Tears of Laughter’ & Cold Calling Pop Stars | Billboard
Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Dan Wilson joins the Pop Shop Podcast to talk about his new album “Re-Covered,” working with the ‘super funny’ Adele, and cold-calling pop stars in the hopes of collaborating with them on music. Plus, we’ve got chart news updates about Arcade Fire, Cardi B, Nicki Minaj and more.
Michael O. Church is a software engineer, blogger, and frequent poster on Quora. He writes about the pernicious, hidden attitudes and patterns hiding under the surface of Silicon Valley.
“As an industry, we don’t focus on the right things. We can do a whole lot better in terms of the companies we can create, the products we build. There’s a low quality of what’s being done. There are a lot of rich douchebags getting funded.”
Everyone agrees there are problems in Silicon Valley. There are problems in any culture. But what causes Michael O. Church to be so vocal?
“When I was seventeen I wanted to be a writer. I studied Math because it was much more employable, but I’ve always had that inclination to write. As for the vocality, I’ve seen some really good people out there, but I’ve also seen some severe injustices.”
Michael argues that “we have this epidemic of criminally underqualified, well-connected individuals getting funded and acquired. In this frothy state, tech seems to be all about distractions.” Examples of distraction companies might include a new way to share photos, a new ad-tech company.
My counterargument to this was–if you are a twenty-something who wants to build a product, and your choices are to either go to Google and be the fifty thousandth engineer, or to go build a “distraction” company, the latter choice is of far greater value for the marketplace as a whole.
A distraction company may be trivial in what it provides to the marketplace. But it serves as a powerful set of lessons to the people who build it.
Michael responded, “The issue I have is not the existence of trivialities; that’s part of the experimentation process. My issue is more with the press and the venture capitalists. The adult supervision.”
“It’s not typical that a 22 year old gets funded, but if you act like Evan Spiegel does, you should not be running a company. This is a guy who represents a certain type of privileged, arrogant personality that I think just has to go.”
“Steve Jobs was a great businessman, but if you look at his cultural effects they were negative. The problem with Silicon Valley right now is that it celebrates the asshole. They are being held up as the type of person that we should aspire to.”
There is a dystopian color to Michael O. Church’s posts about technology culture. I asked him if his skew is a product of an unusually high number of negative personal experiences.
“We all pay attention to what we learn about, and through the blog posts that I write, I hear a lot more stories that are similar to my negative experiences. My actual attitude is not anger or hatred–it’s more disappointment. But I’m actually quite a happy guy.”
His writing is sometimes so fervently negative, he seems like a caricature of someone in Silicon Valley, rather than a real human. I mean this as a complimentary nod to his writing style.
He is creative and more self-aware than an occasional reader might presume.
I asked if it was a fair assessment that he errs on the side of being extreme when he is writing about something that upsets him.
“I would not use the word extreme, I would use the word impassioned. I’ll take a moderate stance but with a lot of force behind it.
“I feel like my generation needs to wake up. Right now, the people who are held up as wunderkinds, or on 30 under 30 lists, those people were produced by the baby boomers who we need to kick out.”
Some of Michael’s best writing is a recent piece on what he calls software politics. Anyone who has worked in a big technology company can identify with some of his assertions.
“In many companies, it’s not the best people who get the best projects. It’s the politically-enabled people. Software politics is all of the nonsense that has nothing to do with writing great code, solving problems, and building things. And there’s a lot of it.”
“If you are 22 years old right now, and you think software engineering is a low politics zone, you are going to be disappointed.”
One dimension of software politics is a distinction between two tracks: the managerial track and the principal engineer track. Both positions designate a higher pay grade and more responsibility.
Michael argues that it is much easier to become a manager than a principal engineer, which perversely leads engineers towards a managerial track.
“Companies need managers. There are managers out there that add a lot. But that’s not the selection process. I don’t think the ladder climbing proves anything other than that they are good at playing politics. Some people know how to play politics, and they are good managers, but I don’t see a correlation.”
Game design was our final topic of conversation. Michael designed a game called Ambition, which exemplifies some of his beliefs about the trade-offs between luck, skill, and fun.
“Card games are interesting in relation to the current trend in board games.” Influenced by the German style of board games, there has been decreased impact of luck within games.
“Monopoly was actually designed to be painful. The original game was called ‘The Landlord’s Game’. There’s a huge amount of luck. Relative to that, card games are hard because shuffling inherently injects a random variable into the game. But that’s OK”
“I engineered out the card luck, and I actually measured it. I’ve run simulations, and I found that about 3% of the variation comes from the luck of the cards. So I added some luck back into the game and it became more fun.”
“If you have a If you take out all the luck, you end up with a very dry game.
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Free audiobook of Car Wars, my self-driving car/crypto back-door apocalypse story | Cory Doctorow’s craphound.com
Last month, Melbourne’s Deakin University published Car Wars, a short story I wrote to inspire thinking and discussion about the engineering ethics questions in self-driving car design, moving beyond the trite and largely irrelevant trolley problem.
Shortly after, I went into Skyboat Media’s studio and recorded an audio edition of the story, which the Deakin folks mastered with visuals and SFX to produce a smashing video.
I’ve extracted just the audio as an MP3 for your mobile listening/podcast pleasure, as well.
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Cory Doctorow joined us this week to talk about open source, the open web, and internet freedom. Cory is a science fiction author, activist, journalist, co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of many books.
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