Entropy crushers

It’s hard to know where to start with this piece. It’s classic Rands. But it also hits close to home after discussing the validity of product managers recently. There are so many quotable bits from this essay, but let me share those that caught my attention. Image courtesy of the Wildbit blog. First, he wisely takes the time to frame the discussion. What is the difference between project, product, and program managers? A project manager is responsible for shipping a product, whereas a product manager is responsible for making sure the right product is shipped. A program manager…

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Cultivating contentment

In the past several years, I have worked on several side projects that have never seen the light of day. For those who are not familiar with my story, I cofounded Fusion Ads and ran that business for several years before selling it late in 2011. While I was running Fusion, I launched several other projects … some to mediocre success, some to no success at all. When you start a business that does well, then move on, there is a constant internal pressure to repeat your success. The purpose of the business can be a completely different direction, but you…

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