Avoiding The Shelf-ware Trap

Steven NgDesign, Random, SoftwareLeave a Comment

My Graveyard of Organizers How often have you bought something that was supposed to revolution some pain point that never came into fruition? I definitely have. My best worst example is personal organizers. Most of my life, I’ve wanted something to help me organize my life from a time management perspective. I’m no spring chicken, so let’s say I’ve been searching for such a … Read More

Boring, But It Works

Steven NgDesign, SoftwareLeave a Comment

Hot or Not If I surveyed a hundred people about how pretty our user interface is, I would bet that about half would say “meh”. And that’s OK. Assign It To Me is boring, but it works. First off, beauty is subjective. Beauty can help sell, but beauty won’t keep customers around. If it did, enterprise software in general would … Read More

Wheels, Mousetraps and Other Clichés

Steven NgProject Management, SoftwareLeave a Comment

It’s A Matter of Perspective In just about every possible discipline, “reinventing the wheel” is considered a wasteful use of time and effort. To coin another cliché, what you really want to do is “build a better mouse trap”. The problem, however, is that those two clichés describe the same activity. A lot of people who are criticized for reinventing the … Read More

Not Now, Later.

Steven NgSoftwareLeave a Comment

From Idea To Product A lot of people have great ideas for products. The challenge of turning those products into ideas is that the ideas are usually only half-baked. What is in your head often comes out a lot different in reality. Things don’t flow as well in the real world as they do in your head. You can start … Read More

Not Invented Here

Steven NgSoftwareLeave a Comment

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle When you’re building an application, it makes sense to take advantage of as many open source libraries as you can. These libraries can often save a lot of time… or not. Fit or Misfit When you’re building an application, it’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming your Google results for some function you want will … Read More