Ringing in the new year

January 1, 2012

“To absent friends, lost loves, old gods, and the season of mists; and may each and every one of us always give the devil his due” – Neil Gaiman

Well 2011 is over and it’s been a year of losses and occasional wins. Here’s to hoping that 2012 is a year of victories with occasional losses.


Think before you speak, design before you code

April 7, 2009

The productologist has a critique on Tufte. His main point being that Tufte, even though he rails against powerpoint gives little guidance on how to usefully utilise the tools available.

His advice (Emphasis mine)

So, what’s the point? For Product Managers, espcially those in software, presentation plays a big part in your success and the success or failure of your product. Search your hard drive for Powerpoint files and see how many times you have to communicate complex ideas using the limited forum provided by Powerpoint. Try using a pad and paper to map out your presentation, instead of writing it directly in Powerpoint. You won’t rely on the tools it provides and instead, will think harder about how to best communicate the data. 

This advice is really more general rather than just planning a presentation

  • Cenceptualise before you design
  • Design before you code
  • Plan before you execute
  • Use a whiteboard before using a tool
  • Think before you leap

As they say a man with a crappy plan will beat one with none!