Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mobile App Developers Still Prioritize iOS 1st, Android 2nd but gaining

Mobile App Developer Priorities
As I wrote a year ago, mobile app developers continue to choose to prioritize developing for Apple's iOS their first priority and Android their second.  But things are changing of course.  As Android gets better and more Android devices are sold, interest in Android apps grows.

Also the research shows that developers prioritize phones first and tablets second.  And all other OSes way below iOS and Android.  And while 35% make iOS on phones their first priority compared to 27% putting Android first, overall more developers are putting Android in their plans.

Monday, August 26, 2013

No Love Lost between Ballmer and... Well Everybody

It seems not Wall Street, nor even Microsoft employees will miss Steve Ballmer.  After the announcement that Ballmer will be retiring within the next year, Wall Street said YIPPY Party Time !!!!  M$ stock jumped up.

Meantime, not even Microsoft employees will miss the big teddy bear.  It seems Big B was more bear than teddy to his employees.  It seems Ballmer's management style killed innovation and sent employees running out the door.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Microsoft won't have to fire Ballmer. He's retiring

Still crazy, after all these years
A lot of speculation has been floating around lately, about whether Steve Ballmer would be fired from Microsoft due to the recent Windows 8 and Surface fiascos being the last straw.  Well, the wondering can end.  Big B is gonna retire within a year.

There's been a bit of an...  "aww we're gonna miss him" reaction popping up.  The kind of reaction that happens with professional comedians when a particularly fruitful source of comedic material drops from the scene - sayyy... Like our last president.

Monkey Boy's antics are well known in tech.  But to see them sprawled out like this, like roadkill on the freeway, causes one to get whiplash and headaches from the head shaking and eye rolling that it summons.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Big Switch to iOS from Android

MacRumors reported that way more Android users switch to iOS then the other way.  20% to iOS from Android versus just 7% to Samsung Android from iOS.  But wait, there's more....

When counting only customers who switched brands, 33% of Apple’s new customers came from Samsung versus only 11%.

Oh, and those Samsung commercials saying Apple is for old people ?  Opps.... Guess what ?  That was bull$#!@ !!!!  Apple customers are younger and make more bank $$$  Cha-CHING !!!

Check the deets....

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Scrum Quick Tip: Meeting Guides & Agendas

Here are some quick guidelines and agendas that you can use to re-enforce the Scrum meetings so they are fast, efficient and focused.  I use these myself, in meeting invites and emails, to keep teams focused.  It's especially helpful with teams that are new to Scrum and still learning.

I've formatted these guidelines and agendas in plain text without any rich formatting, so that you can easily reuse them by copying and pasting them directly into emails and meeting invites.  Because different apps will handle rich text formatting differently, or sometimes not at all, this plain text allows you to use them immediately without having to deal with fixing or re-doing the rich text formatting.

Scrum Quick Tip: Estimating, Ranking & Planning Poker

Planning Poker Card Deck
Estimating and ranking are very important parts of the Scrum framework.  And Planning Poker is an essential tool in the estimation and ranking processes.

Here are some quick tips and guidelines on estimating in Story Points with Planning Poker. This comes right out of the official Scrum framework.

Monday, August 19, 2013

iOS 7 on iPad compared to iPod Touch/iPhone

A 9To5Mac story reports:
Many developers have noted that the iOS 7 builds for iPad feel unstable and unreliable compared to the iPhone-optimized betas.
Yep, that's right.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Microsoft Bites It in Touch PCs Too

This Computerworld article reports that:
Buyers reject touchscreen notebooks, spooked by higher prices and concerns about value of Windows 8's touch UI
The article makes a number of interesting points.  But I think doesn't go into the most important reason why Windows 8 touch devices and Surface RT are failing.  The User eXperience is absolutely awful.  Which is why the hardware isn't worth the price and there's no good reason for people to buy Windows 8.
Microsoft's bet that touch would propel Windows 8 has run into a major snag, an industry analyst said Friday: Consumers see little reason to pay premium prices for touch-enabled laptops.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

3 Agile Scrum Books You Must Own

3 Must Have Agile Books
I am often asked...
What Agile books should I get ?
Usually the question is from or for someone that is new to Agile.  Maybe they've just gone through the Scrum training or joined their first organization that is using Agile or trying to grow their Agile talent and prepare new people to work in an Agile way.

But I also often find that when an organization is struggling with Agile or practicing ScrumBut or is Agile-ish or transitioning to Agile, that's when they really need the help that these 3 books can give them.

Blackberry Blew It's Last Chance

In an article published today, Message unread: Silicon Valley's secret, failed bid to save BlackBerryThe Verge reveals that Blackberry blew it's last chance to survive last summer.  Entrepreneur and angel investor Robin Chan published a slide deck he called "Project BBX" where he says that,
"Over a year ago, I helped form a secret product and engineering team based in Silicon Valley that was keenly interested in taking over the company."
With BlackBerry now finally officially looking to sell, they should have taken it.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Apple iPhone event on Sept 10 ? Jim says Yep

The rumors about the inevitable Apple event launching the next iPhone, have been flying fast and loose for months now.  Just today some credible sources have reported a date for it - Sept 10.