Thursday, January 31, 2013

Triangle of choice in software development

Yesterday I had a chance to listen live to the true legends of lean software development principles who visited Tallinn: Mary and Tom Poppendieck

One of the main things I remember from this 2-hours long presentation:

An ordinary triangle of choice (a client has to give up one of them - can't get all three at the same time):

Time-Money-Quality

...should rather be thought of as:

                               Time-Money-Scope

...because there is anyway so much waste in software development.

And scope cannot be given up without having trust between vendor and client.

Wise thoughts.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Review: Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems

Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems
Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems by Steve Krug

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Short and effective, well-written and well-designed book about the Web site usability testing.
Main points of this book were covered in Krug's first book ("Don't Make Me Think"), but "Rocket Surgery Made Easy" goes more in details. Sometimes, the details become rather trivial.
All in all, an easy reading with several relevant recommendations, but it is probably enough reading only the first of the two books.

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