Roll the Cards – Disrupt Your Brainstorm

You’re Stuck in Your Brain The other day I explained to Trevor Owens, CEO of Lean Startup Machine, how my team is trying out different ways of brainstorming. His reaction to one particular method was a stronger “YES” signal than most of the product experiments we’ve been doing, so I agreed to blog about it. […]

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Scrumball Lite Submitted to Apple AppStore

It is with great excitement and pride that we announce that tonight we submitted the Scrumball Lite to the Apple AppStore. The weekend at Lean Startup Machine convinced me that “http://fuckitship.it/” is the way to go. It’s time to stop being precious and tacking on features, and instead get the product in people’s hands to […]

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Lean Startup Machine Changed My Life

I just went through Lean Startup Machine – a 3-day workshop teaching Lean Startup principles (Eric Ries) by having you build a viable business in 72 hours. It was quite the experience… my team and I alternately wanted to throttle each other and slap each other on the back-within the same day. Basically it comes […]

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First Look – First Sample of the Scrumball

  Hi Scrumball Fans, Yesterday Fedex delivered our first samples manufactured with the metal tool of the Scrumball. How exciting! Here’s me ripping into the box with great speed. There was so much tape on the box, it was the packing tape version of Fort Knox, for such humble foam contents. Next, I pulled free […]

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Scrumball Pro – Pre-Look

Dear Scrumball Fans, We approved the final 3D artwork for tooling last week, and sent over the graphics design as well. We’re expecting to receive the first sample batch in about 2 weeks, which will be a huge milestone for us. With an advanced physical prototype (as in, more advanced than a doctored-up NERF ball), we’ll be […]

Scrumball Update

Dear Scrumball Fans, We approved the final 3D artwork for tooling last week, and sent over the graphics design as well. We’re expecting to receive the first sample batch in about 2 weeks, which will be a huge milestone for us. With an advanced physical prototype (as in, more advanced than a doctored-up NERF ball), […]

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The Name Games Scratch-Off Submitted

Hackety hacketing away… We designed, built, wrapped up, and submitted today to the Samsung S Pen Challenge our Name Games Scratch-Off Android mobile app. Speed-learning Android development has been interesting… some things that were fast and easy to find code examples for in iOS were very slow to do so in Android. On the other hand, there […]

Android LinkedIn Authentication made me want to Tear My Hair and Poke My Eyes Out

Apparently there exists is no single working full Android project in the google-able universe that demonstrates authentication via LinkedIn or Google completely functionally. I’m very good at finding things, and have been unsuccessful at finding a project I can import that Just Works. Even now we don’t have one, but I’ll share the following that […]

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From whence, Scrum? Pt 2

At the bare bones of developing software (we’ll focus on software, but feel free to replace that with “project” or “business” or “book”), you need to know what to create, some thinking about how you’re going to create it, people to create it, and a physical point in the space/time continuum to actually deliver it and call […]

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From whence, Scrum?

Having been a software architect/programmer/consultant for over 16 years, I’ve worked on a lot of projects with a lot of different companies. A few years ago I learned about the concept of agile software development and specifically Scrum. There are founders, die-hards, and trainers out there that discovered, designed, and perfected practice of the various […]