Q: How do you decide that it is the right or not the right time to ship out the product?
Norlan: When my wife can actually use it without asking me for help.Q: Any surprising moments, at the top of your head, that you had with Wakulu?
Norlan: That there are people actually interested in the productQ: Given your experience with Wakulu, if you are to advise people who want to develop their own product from scratch, what would your advices be?Norlan:– A solid idea that you and your team believe in. It’s important to be on the same page.
– Everything is temporary until you actually ship the product and people started using your app.– Don’t be afraid to throw away your code if you are not happy with the outcome. It’s not a waste of effort, the experience you gain from it is valuable on your next design.– Build the bare minimum of the app. You still don’t know if your app is worth using so why implement all the features?– Test early.– Have fun.
For more non-programming tidbits of a programmer, you can check Norlan’s blog site. What makes him smile…
I guess most of us do not really bother what/who are behind a product, except when it goes boinkers probably. But does it ever cross your mind that the internet browser, Netscape, benchmark for being a good product is that when a programmer’s mother can actually use it? I always find those little tidbits interesting. Here is an example of a developer’s quirky thoughts. =)