How Should We Define Success?

This is part 5 of a series of blog posts based on a talk I prepared called Successfully Derailed Product. It’s about the ways in which we define and talk about “success” influence what – and how – we build. See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4. What we’ve covered up to now is […]

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How Do Users Define Success?

This is part 4 of a series of blog posts based on a talk I prepared called Successfully Derailed Product. It’s about the ways in which we define and talk about “success” influence what – and how – we build. See part 1, part 2, part 3. Let’s take another step back and talk about how […]

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How Do Teams Define Success?

This is part 3 of a series of blog posts based on a talk I prepared called Successfully Derailed Product. It’s about the ways in which we define and talk about “success” influence what – and how – we build. See part 1, part 2. Taking a step back from individual success, I wanted to understand […]

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How do Developers Define Success?

This is part 2 of a series of blog posts based on a talk I prepared called Successfully Derailed Product. It’s about the ways in which we define and talk about “success” influence what – and how – we build. See part 1.  With the caveat that how we define success comes from various places, […]

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Whose Expectations are Those, Anyway?

This is part 1 of a series of blog posts based on a talk I prepared called Successfully Derailed Product. It’s about the ways in which we define and talk about “success” influence what – and how – we build.   There used to be a joke at a company I worked for that went […]

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NSConf: Halle Winkler – Duck Taping the Gates of Chaos Shut

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My Notes from Halle‘s amazing talk at NSConf. Terror – have people who have had great app indies for 5-10 years – real experts. This has been working 3.5 years. Been an interesting and challenging 3.5 years. Started because was “meh” at apps. 3 paid apps. Got positive feedback, but couldn’t crack the marketing code. […]

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Stories We Don’t Tell

Canada Geese lined up under Ladbrooke Grove Bridge, with a Cormorant for company ... apparently a common sight on this part of the Grand Union Canal.

Over the past year, I feel like I’ve been working through the stages of grief about being a women in tech, and I’ve not been blogging because I couldn’t find the words to share the story I wanted to tell. I’ve denied the extent of the problem. I’ve got angry. I’ve bargained. I’ve cried, and […]

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Blood, Bones and Butter

blood, bones and butter

I read about Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton (Amazon) on the Eloquent Woman blog, which discussed a section of the book in which the author writes about a panel she was on, and things she wanted to say, but didn’t. It was a panel about female chefs. Initially she has an attitude of “why are […]

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Reminding Myself As To Why We Continue, Despite Everything

If you can turn yourself into smoke whenever you want, why do you bother walking?

It’s been a mixed week. Some successes – Awesome Foundation! Girl Geek Dinner! Getting my visa sorted! And then a number of things that made me wonder why I was bothering. Mostly stupid things, and you could say that I shouldn’t worry about them – but that is easy to say, and hard to do. […]

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