By David Grieser
You hear the loud-pitched fire alarm going off, alerting you of smoke… It could be real fire! Fortunately in most cases it’s just over-cooked food.
Now imagine burning food every week, day, meal, or hour! The battery in your fire alarm might just give up. Or you, tired of the annoying and incessant sound, might just pull the plug!
While we’re quick to pull the plug on fire alarms, why have we let them become the driving force for software development?
By Poornima Vijayashanker
I just finished a one-on-one with Adam, who is a student in our Lean Product Development Course. Adam is a software engineer in Florida, who works for a large software company. He often has to pull all-nighters to try to keep up with the demands of management, and he’s just tired!
Adam decided to take our course, because even though he knows how to build a product, he is tired of the inefficient practices that are in place at his ...
By Justin Reyes
It’s no question that many startups are embracing lean methodologies and maintaining a lean culture as they grow and scale. One such company is Gumroad. Despite receiving a large round of VC funding they have kept a lean engineering team.
Gumroad is a platform that lets individuals easily sell their digital goods. One just needs to create a digital product, upload it to Gumroad, and then Gumroad takes care of the rest! It creates a simple link to the digital ...
By David Grieser
Is that feature done? Has that bug been fixed? These are the types of questions programmers get asked. Usually from a product manager that has a timeline and needs things done. This is their job. Yours is to provide the end result and know that what has been developed works! But sometimes you're just not sure.
You may be fortunate to have a manager that pushes back for you to give you the time you need for development. If not, ...
By Lee Munroe
Every product has a back log of ideas and feature requests so how do you know what features are worth the time and effort developing?
In March I shipped Flask, a tool that lets you create and share a to-do list without the hassle of registering, onboarding, downloading, installing etc.
It was an MVP (Minimal Viable Product). I skipped a bunch of features I figured I would implement later. First I wanted to see if people would use it and how ...
If you’re a woman in tech there are a number of organizations with chapters around the world that have made it their mission to support you and your career! Here’s a list of the most active organizations we’ve come across in 2013 that specialize in supporting tech professionals. Of course there maybe many more we’ve missed, and if yours is one of them, then please tweet at us, and we’ll be happy to add yours to this list! (Please only submit organizations that ...
Taking an idea from inception to a product that can be shipped takes more than just coding skills. It begins with doing market research to identify customer segments, validating that one or more segments has a problem through customer interviews, and then finally translating customer needs into features.
Initially, much of this work can be done individually by either a startup founder or a product manager. If they are initially creating a concierge MVP, then there isn't much that needs to be ...
Whether you have an interest in Google Analytics and internet advertising, or your boss or coworkers do, as a coder you’ll likely at some point need to install a cookie tracking script. Developers often question the necessity for such codes, the security of them, and the privacy of the networks that use them. In this article we will explain what purpose this tracking serves, why it’s vital for measurement and effectiveness of online advertising, and what a software engineer needs to ...
Happy to announce that Heroku is sponsoring a full scholarship for one student to participate in Femgineer’s Lean Product Development course. This scholarship will be available to any student who meets the following eligibility criteria:
Genuine financial need
Product idea is in a prototype stage
Product idea must be a software application (web or mobile)
Demonstrates a strong desire to attend the course
To apply for the scholarship here are the following steps:
Fill out the scholarship application.
Once we receive your scholarship application, we'll review it within 48 hours, ...
My first job was at a big company. It gave me the comfort of a steady paycheck and a stable pace of life. I had features that I owned, but after a couple years I realized where my career was headed, I was going to be a one-trick pony! Sure the pay was great, but if I didn’t do something immediately to change my situation then I could be laid off with minimal transferable skills.
Fortunately, I thought ahead, and decided to ...