Nerding out on Pokemon Go – This Mobile Life Podcast S1E12

Nerding out on Pokemon Go

This is the final episode of This Mobile Life for Season 1! ‪I was chatting to my brother Raymond Ho about Pokemon Go over dinner. So I decided to pause the conversation, finish dinner and record our conversation as a podcast. Its titled “Nerding Out On Pokemon Go” which was the sentence uttered by my brother after we finished recording! We recorded a 35 min in-depth chat about how the game has evolved after 1 week. He’s been playing Pokemon since the Gameboy & Nintendo DS days.

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Create a blueprint with wireframes – interview with Jenny Hsu

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Here are the highlights of my discussion with Jenny Hsu, Business Analyst at GPY&R, about wireframes. A wireframe for apps is like the blueprint to building a house. In this interview, Jenny walks us through the process of starting a product, then creating its blueprint through wireframing.

This interview also showed a good comparison of working with the waterfall model versus working with the Agile method as mentioned in our last podcast, episode 9*.

Jenny and I worked at the same time for Asia Pacific Digital Group (formerly called Next Digital). She has been instrumental in the development of many products, including OfficeMax, Jenny Craig and White Lady Funerals.
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Making Products Useful With Jobs To Be Done

One of the usual ways to design a product is by looking at the average characteristics of the target users using personas. This approach to make products useful has been around for many years. It the standard used by product makers and marketers.

Clayton Christensen, who popularized the Jobs to be Done approach, argued that people with very different characteristics use a product generally the same way. A highly educated grandfather in the suburbs will use the radio the same way a young girl from a remote settlement area would. If we were to base product design on characteristics then, we are sure to fall short. There has to be other ways that will help determine if a product is just right, or needs more work. Continue reading

Create a blueprint with wireframes – This Mobile Life Season 1 Episode 10

Create a blueprint with wireframesWe have a new podcast episode for This Mobile Life! Season 1 Episode 10 (S1E10) is on “Create a blueprint with wireframes”. Its an in-depth chat on why we use wireframes and write requirements. We also discuss how we do it. I interview my good friend Jenny Hsu, business analyst from GPY&R.

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Agile toolkit for product teams – Podcast Show Notes S1E9

In Season 1 Episode 9 of This Mobile Life, I sit down with my good friend Alwin Chin. The topic we discussed was “The Agile Toolkit For Product Teams”.

Alwin’s background

Alwin Chin is a Start-up Entrepreneur, Software Engineer/Architect with a passion to see IT craftsmanship come to life in the business world. A true technical specialist with numerous years of experience in Web technologies and eCommerce applications development. Alwin loves not just technology, but Agile processes and methodologies like Scrum, XP and KANBAN bringing together teams for a common good. He has experience working at Macquarie Bank, NBN, Transport NSW and as the founder of the startup Stampii.

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Podcast summary

We discuss the following on the podcast:

  1. Background of agile software development
  2. Agile process – standups, retros, estimating, showcases
  3. Agile, scrum, or lean?
  4. How to manage a software team
  5. Can agile work with mobile apps?
  6. Can non-tech people hire developers effectively?
  7. Do 10x developers exist?
  8. Working with a remote development team

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Starting a new on demand service – Interview with Ilter Dumduz, Blys

I spoke with Ilter Dumduz, co-founder of Blys for Episode 7 of This Mobile Life. Ilter formerly worked with Freelancer.com, Domain.com.au and Glamcorner. Blys provides on demand mobile massage service in Sydney. Blys is very new and was launched in March 2016.

Building an on-demand service business

What was very interesting with this interview is that we get a glimpse of how someone who has extensive knowledge of on demand services, marketplaces, and eCommerce products applies this knowledge into a new business. Ilter shares how to take care of both the customer and provider sides of a business.

Below are highlights of the interview. If you’d like to listen to the full podcast, you can find it here.

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A painted picture, a story to tell for your product

Great artists have the ability to paint a picture. They can vividly tell a story which inspire us. Whether its through words, music, design or art. You can see it. You feel it in your bones. You believe it.

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They persuade you with their passion and artistry. The artist takes you on a journey, moving you from scene to scene. They move you from one emotional state to another.

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