Dear Slack, It's 2018 and there is still no easy way to disable Slack notifications while on vacation. The workarounds are not adequate and it's been over 3 years since you first said that a vacation mode was in the works. What gives? https://twitter.com/SlackHQ/status/639582799922634752 WorkaroundsWe use Slack at my work and most people that I … Continue reading Dear Slack: Where’s vacation mode?
I got the idea for this post after going on a work trip recently to a conference. A co-worker sat down next to me and placed their phone face up in their lap. It was on silent and they were paying attention to the speaker, but every few minutes the screen would flicker on and … Continue reading Notifications are distracting! This is how I manage them.
I recently finished reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. As an entrepreneur and person that builds products for a living, I found his story highly fascinating. Most people know Steve Jobs for the products he created at Apple and his prickly personality. However, there is much more to his story than that. As a … Continue reading Book: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Vision. Every great product needs it. CEOs and product managers are expected to have it. But where does vision come from? A gut feeling Perhaps it's just intuition. That spidey-sense of knowing exactly what to build next. Steve Jobs was probably the master of intuition. He had a knack for turning out successful product, … Continue reading A great vision is informed by customers
One of the things I think Google does a great job at is asking for feedback on their products. I came across a recent example of this when booking a flight through Google Flights, which went through an overhaul earlier this year. After searching for a flight and staying on the page for 10 seconds, … Continue reading Happy users can ‘dislike’ your product too
Ten years ago, I was a huge user of RSS. I loved the simplicity of it and ability to follow topics that interested me. My preferred reader was Google Reader, whereby I could simply add a URL of a site that I wanted to follow and subscribe to updates in close to real-time. Since I … Continue reading How do you get your news?
When I think back, it's hard to pinpoint what exactly got me interested in the breed. I neither had greyhounds growing up nor knew anyone who did. The only thing that really stands out in my memory is in 2011 when I saw the movie 50/50. The main character's girlfriend surprises him with a greyhound … Continue reading Why greyhounds?