Forecast.io

Ever since it launched a few weeks ago, I’ve developed a mild obsession with Forecast.io. Quite simply, it is the most impressive standards-based web app I’ve ever seen. Whether you judge it on its design, data, or performance, it does everything exceedingly well. The only deal is, there are some intriguing mysteries about how all…

Product management for the web: the book

It’s official: I’m writing another book! And, happily, I submitted the introduction and chapter one to my editor today. Here’s an excerpt to let you know what it’s all about: Whether you are new to web or app design and development, or have been doing it for years, you probably know the drill pretty well…

Completely amazing and utterly boring

That phone in your pocket…becomes just a part of your life. It’s something you use, something you rely on. And then completely forget about. And in its own way, that’s actually kind of mind-blowing. I really like these two Wired reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5. They are completely spot on. Since…

The Minimum Viable Mobile User Experience

Slides and notes from my University of Minnesota Web Standards presentation about how product management methodology can increase design and development success. The presentation highlights what what “minimum viable” means (it’s not just the least amount of work possible!), ways to think about design and feature prioritization for web and mobile, and how to communicate about…

2012: a great year

2012 was a really great year, and I thank everyone who played roles in making it so fantastic. I’m particularly indebted to my coworkers at Capella. I made a major transition from design and design management to product management when I accepted a job here in 2011, and it’s been a wonderful career change. I…

Technology alone is not enough.

Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing. I’ll never forget the thrill of seeing Steve Jobs on stage at WWDC in 2010 and 2011. In 2010, the enthusiasm was about the new iPhone 4. There was so…