10 minute read In this post, I’ll explore the benefits of developing software with cross-discipline individuals– that is, team members who are software developers, support agents, and marketers, all rolled up in one.Read More Why Developers Invent Problems, Support Agents Feel Like Janitors, and Marketers Think The Product is Lousy
6 minute read Should open source fulfill your needs to self-actualization, or just baser needs? My Response to DHH’s “Open Source Beyond the Market”Read More My Response to “Open Source Beyond the Market”
5 minute read It’s easy for WordPress plugin developers to be endlessly chasing “modern best practices” and building features they love, but actual users don’t care about. Over the past few months, I’ve been experimenting with a development methodology that avoids waste and stays focused on users’ priorities. I call it “Lazy Software Development,” and this is how it works…Read More The 5 Promises of User-Led Software Development
3 minute read Yesterday, a site I maintain, earlychildhoodeducator.com, was having issues communicating with Amazon’s Product Advertising API. Here’s what I learned about the problem and how we fixed it (in case you’re likewise having issues with it!) How we use Amazon Product Advertising API The website is for an online school, and they have links to the […]Read More Dealing with Amazon Product Advertising API Policy Changes
5 minute read How do you make money when you give your product away for free? Let’s consider the common open-source business models, and explore the viability of supporting development entirely through sponsorships.Read More To Fund WordPress Plugin Development Through Sponsorship, or More Traditional Models?
2 minute read I heard about webpagetest.org during my most recent WordCamp. It’s a service for analyzing your website’s performance. From what I can tell, it’s completely supported by sponsors, so it’s free to use. I ran my WordPress meetup’s site (which, obviously, runs on WordPress) through its analysis, and initially got C grades or so. Not fabulous. […]Read More How I Got All A's on webpagetest.org
5 minute read These are my highlights from the book “It Doesn’t Have To be Crazy at Work” by Fried, Jason; Hansson and David Heinemeier, owners of BaseCamp. Redefining Productivity We don’t believe in busyness at Basecamp. We believe in effectiveness. How little can we do? How much can we cut out? Instead of adding to-dos, we add […]Read More Highlights from "It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy at Work"
There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.Read More Protected: Improving Online Team Decision-Making and Discussion
3 minute read Software comparison articles can be helpful, but most are horrible. They should educate, compare, and recommend. But usually, they’re just filler words that convey no actual meaning. Here are some common mistakes of horrible software comparisons… Universally Picking a Winner It’s ridiculous to pick a universal winner. Eg, if you’re comparing Event Espresso to EventBrite, […]Read More How to Make Horrible Software Comparisons