Once in a while I feel that I need to do this more often, to pick up on my blogging and tune my skills. The problem is that after a while I drift off and stop posting, focusing on building stuff and not talking about them. Not being able to talk about them sort of kills the spirit as well but that’s just a lame excuse. This is the 2016 iteration. I’ll try to focus on product development, architecture and code, we’ll see how that goes.

This mini-series focuses on ad-hoc quick-and-dirty product development, building a mini-product from scratch. In my previous posts I’ve summarily talked about the product idea generation process, product naming strategies and customer profiling and it was fun. After sketching out the idea and pinning down the prospective customers it’s time to validate and polish the idea. This phase is essential and skipping it is usually the biggest mistake a value builder does (that’s what we are right? call it whatever you want but in the end we create products and…Continue Reading “a mini-product from scratch – #4, idea pruning and validation”

This mini-series focuses on ad-hoc quick-and-dirty product development, building a mini-product from scratch. In my previous posts I’ve summarily talked about the product idea generation process and product naming strategies and it was fun. It’s now time to get into it and we’ll start with probably the most important product decision we’ll have to make – “who’s gonna use it and who’s gonna pay for it?”. I know you have an idea and it’s the best idea ever – something catchy, that actually does something…Continue Reading “dailytraks – a mini-product from scratch – #3, who’s gonna use it and who’s gonna pay for it”

In my previous post I introduced you to a mini-product that I’ll be building in the open. I talked about the idea, or the “why” of our product. But hey, if we’re going to build a product we need a way to refer to it… basically everywhere. It’s OK to call it “the product” but that’s cold and inexpressive and we don’t really like that, so we’ll need a name. Don’t worry, this doesn’t have to be the final name – most likely it won’t be the…Continue Reading “a mini-product from scratch – #2, the name”

Because I need to tune my process I’m going to build a mini-product from scratch. First, some history. Once upon a time… just kidding.   So let’s begin. The core product, idea, “the why” or the “benefit” is the first thing that we need to figure out. That’s the need for the product, and the seed crystal that everything else gravitates around. You can get it from an instant flash, an organized idea pool or brainstorming session or you may even steal it (and make it better…Continue Reading “a mini-product from scratch – #1, the idea”