Steve Jobs on the Value of Saying No

I ran across a great segment of Steve Jobs talking at the WWDC in 1997 just after he returned to Apple.  Similar to my post about pruning the decision tree, he speaks about the power of saying no to the bad ideas.  “Focusing is about saying no,” he says.  His analysis of what was wrong…


How much did Steve Jobs Mean To the Tech Industry?

  This picture says it all.  The front page of Hacker News is completely dominated by the news of Steve’s death.  Even as someone who never owned an Apple product, he had a huge influence and raised the bar.  Not just once, but at least 5 major products from him changed the state of the…


Pruning the Decision Tree in Test

Yesterday I wrote about the need to reduce the number of things a project attempted to do in order to deliver a great product.  Too many seemingly good ideas can make a product late or fragmented or both.  The same is true of testing a product.  Great testing is more about deciding what not to…

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Pruning the Decision Tree

A great post by Marc Randolph got me thinking.  He tackles the question of why Netflix made the moves they made recently.  Specifically, why did they spin off their DVD option as a company called Qwixter?  The answer: focus. What separates successful ventures from failures is choosing to do the right things.  What separates great…

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Follow my adventures at //build/

This week I’m attending the //build/ conference where Microsoft is revealing many of the details about Windows 8.  If you want to see what is going on, follow my Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/steverowe,  I’m posting some pictures, linking to summaries, etc.


Listening to the team

There is an old saying in software that goes something like this, “Scope, Timeframe, and Budget: Pick two.”  Being a tester, I would rephrase this a little as, “Features, Timeframe, Budget, and Quality; Pick three”.  It’s usually possible to hit all three of the first choice as long as you are willing to sacrifice quality. …

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