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Interaction design (IXD) – design/strategy

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Image courtesy: http://www.amazon.com/About-Face-Essentials-Interaction-ebook/dp/B001C323BI/ref=pd_sim_kinc_1?ie=UTF8&m=AH9CGK6QR37LL

Image courtesy: http://www.amazon.com/Inmates-Are-Running-Asylum-ebook/dp/B000OZ0N62/ref=pd_sim_kinc_2?ie=UTF8&m=AH9CGK6QR37LL

I have always believed in IXD as a forefront of developing and building and selling products customers would love.

I have been in the Product industry for long enough and used to recruit/closely work with a fairly large sized IXD and graphic design team in my previous company so understand the importance of this.

Cooper (http://www.cooper.com/about/books.html) is a major IXD company and I found references to some books by Alan Cooper from Marty Cagan’s book – Inspired so decided to give those a read. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

January 16, 2011 at 9:46 pm

amazon kindle – amazing app for iPhone 4/iPad

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I wanted to read up a few books and decided to download it wirelessly on my mobile devices namely the iPhone 4 and the iPad. It’s been about 1-year since I became a Certified Agile ScrumMaster and I am now in the Product Owner role in Product Management in a company which uses Agile methodologies heavily. It was but natural that I read up as much as I can on Agile best practices.

1. Agile Estimating and Planning – Mike Cohn

Agile estimating and planning - Mike Cohn

2. Succeeding with Agile: Software development using Scrum

Succeeding with Agile - Mike Cohn

It was fabulous! The ease of use of connectivity with amazon servers and the instant 1-click purchase made things so simple that I was left wondering: Why would anybody want to goto Barnes and Noble anymore when ease of use of book purchases trumps every other mechanism! This is high quality information at my fingertips within a single click!

I also was freely able to use amazon’s Manage my kindle option to send an ebook to my iPad and then because that was at home, transfer and download it on my iPhone 4 which I had in my pocket!

Awesome – amazon.com – the kindle app on the iPhone 4 and iPad rocks!

Written by Naveen Athresh

December 30, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Silicon valley product group (SVPG)

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Inspired - Marty Cagan

Image courtesy: http://www.amazon.com/Inspired-Create-Products-Customers-Love/dp/0981690408/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1293701512&sr=1-1

http://www.svpg.com

http://svpg.com/inspired-how-to-create-products-customers-love/

A couple of months ago, I got this fantastic opportunity to attend this training and found it extremely value adding. My friend recommended it to me and I jumped at this chance!

I am a products person and have been in this field from the beginning of my career so this is the only language I understand. I am in a job where I have to travel occasionally and work across distributed time zones and multiple cultures/people and it is a very valuable learning experience in building products and productized service offerings for the future! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

December 18, 2010 at 9:19 am

My iPad – first impressions!

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I got my iPad that I was lusting for since I saw Steve Jobs make his keynote in Jan this year.

1. The keyboard is awesome. For good measure and based on my experience from my iPhone, I had asked for the keyboard dock as well but it looks like I might not be using too much of it since I am typing this post off my iPad and it’s incredibly responsive.

2. The app store does not work at all. I am hoping with the International launch this issue will be resolved, even my old iPhone apps don’t get installed on this. This is a big letdown for now but since it’s gate controlled by Apple, it will have to wait for now.

3. The iPad for me right now is only a pretty web browser and an email device.

4. The iPhone 3 update brought with it the ability to cut/copy/paste so my old issues from my 2008  iPhone days with this are resolved for now.

5. File types such as zip etc. were not recognized on my iPad. PDF of course is also built-in natively into Mac OSX so it will work. It had worked even on my iPhone.

6. Enough things have been said on the iPad minimalistic design approach which is Apple philosophy as even Jack Sculley had remarked about this as one of Steve’s main strengths from the 80’s in his presentation talk at a TiE forum I attended some months back.

The iPad is a style statement – period. No questions asked.

7. I have the Wi-Fi only version since I had to look at the real value the 3G version had to offer in India. The 3G case is what I gave as my verdict but my cousin who bought this for me did not find the 3G version at the Apple store at Leawood in Kansas last week. I spoke to their store rep as well who confirmed a waiting list for the 3G version and I did not want to lose this opportunity to procure it legit without paying duty on it.

8. 3G card for the iPad is a micro card so I have to tweak the BSNL data card for 3G and there is no guarantee it will work with HSDPA connectivity. Also, the base issues of using this device in a market where it has not been officially launched yet remain such as lack of 3G, lack of the App store access which limits the usage of the device whose real power is in it’s apps aka my iPhone.

9. There is no file system here as well in virtual access terms though the iPad runs the stripped down version of the Mac OSX.

10. YouTube videos run flawlessly on my iPad.

11. Obviously no Flash after Steve Jobs made his intentions public here. This means even my wordpress photo upload did not work in addition to Flash enabled websites so I had to switch back to my desktop to upload the pics of my iPad. So, HTML5, here we come!

12. The iPhone 4.0 update should resolve many issues of the current iPad including the famous ‘multi tasking’ feature or lack of it right now on the iPad but it is a revolutionary device alright. Magical – not sure.

13. Learning for me was minimal since the user interface is a copy/paste of my iPhone of yesteryears!

14. I tried to download the famous iBooks amazon kindle killer app every which way but to no avail. Apple chopped me off saying I am in a country where I can’t download it’s apps – even the free ones. Well, this is legit for now since they also are busy tying up with publishers to make the iBooks app a real kindle killer. Let’s see. Till then, my amazon kindle is going strong and this iPad will not be my kindle replacement.

15. The color on the iPad is amazing – in Steve Jobs’ words. It uses LED-backlit with In-Plane Switching (IPS) found on LCD TV’s than on notebooks. It is also really sharp with the oleophobic coating to prevent hand grease/is fingerprint resistant and the capacitive touch screen multi touch technology making it really immersive. Yes, even this screen has the accelerometer so it switches from landscape to potrait.

Overall, I am happy! This is a very addictive device.

Written by Naveen Athresh

May 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Higginbothams/Gangarams – the new MG Road

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With the Namma Metro firmly entrenched into MG Road, the landscape of this usually busy street has totally undergone a metamorphosis! These are landmarks the erstwhile Bangalorian cannot miss easily. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

March 6, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Return to the Little Kingdom – book review

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Image courtesy: http://www.amazon.com/Return-Little-Kingdom-ebook/dp/B0033ZAW34

Steve Jobs is my guru (like Jack Welch of GE) and anything he does or is connected with him interests me since there is so much to learn from this cult figure!

This is a fantastic book on Apple’s formative years, Steve Jobs, the early years in Silicon Valley, Steve Wozniak and overall, very well written. I strongly recommend this book. I just finished reading it and could not put it down.

Written by Naveen Athresh

February 27, 2010 at 8:45 am

The Warren Buffett CEO: Secrets from the Berkshire Hathaway Managers

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Source: http://www.amazon.com/Warren-Buffett-CEO-Berkshire-Hathaway/dp/0471430455

How often do you wonder how Warren Buffett manages to be a hands-off manager or how hands-on he really is. His empire is over $37 billion (2009 figures as quoted on Wikipedia) and he is my guru and one of the most enigmatic figures you would find. But, have you wondered how his businesses run? How does he manage such a large empire so efficiently? His annual report mentioned Ajit Jain who is heading several reinsurance businesses for Buffett and his name even found a mention on the 2008 copy of the Berkshire Hathaway annual report  – http://www.berkshirehathaway.com/2008ar/2008ar.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajit_Jain

Written by Naveen Athresh

November 26, 2009 at 1:24 pm