I work at Zope/Zebrareach/Reac.ht – we make software. We’re always trying out new ideas, tinkering with previous ideas and generally looking to innovate to improve our products and help our customers. We are also learning practitioners of the lean philosophy.
Our latest product/experiment is called reac.ht:
With reac.ht we intend to help groups communicate internally. This post isn’t about reac.ht itself rather a mildly new approach we’re taking to the early release of software. We’re calling it Minimum Viable Software (MVS – yes, you heard it here first). The idea is to release to ourselves and our closest friends software that implements that fundamental value proposition and NOTHING else. No metadata screens, no account maintenance, NOTHING but the core value proposition functionality.
The rationale (^Hization) is that this release is perfectly coincident with what we need to be developing anyway and gets us flight time on the essential UI/UX/problem-solution fit much sooner.
Thoughts/comments? Here or on twitter @rspz!
If you, your colleagues and your organization at-large make excellent, almost-never-bad decisions stop reading here!!! Do NOT click through to the rest of this post. You don’t need it.
If, on the other hand, you, your colleagues and/or your organization could stand to improve decision making you might want to click in…
Good things CAN come from the 2013 budget sequestration.
From the FredX Facebook page:
FredX is a platform for entrepreneurs and thought leaders to Xchange ideas, create solutions, and stimulate collaboration for building and sustaining a thriving startup ecosystem in the Fredericksburg region.
At this meeting we touched on the fact that a limiting factor in the development of new companies in the region is the dearth of accessible talent and capital. Paradoxically, sequestration can help the region grow in diverse ways.
My sister (an avid and skilled golfer) sent me a link to the best golf course in America. American Lake Veteran’s Golf Course is a golf course dedicated to our military veterans.
This is not a new video but worth sharing nonetheless.
Dick Hoyt makes me want to be a better man.
It’s no secret that the leverage available to information technology innovators is HUGE. I can’t think of another human endeavor that, with the investment in an Amazon EC2 node or two and a few weekends of software development, can change the lives of people around the world. If you need a moving example of this power check the video (below) that describes a project undertaken by The MicroLoan Foundation.
In El Paso, Texas Coach Peter Morales of the Coronado High School Thunderbirds was willing to lose a game in order that his team manager get some playing time. As moving as that is it gets better.
On Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Jonathan Montanez (#22) demonstrated a level of humanity and sportsmanship that I pray my wife and I are instilling in our children.
Awesome and inspiring.