Apples iPhone 5s’s new significant hidden feature

September 30th, 2013 by samir

This might not seem significant but multi-path TCP is important because it can open up more possibilities of a device staying connected and/or connected to the best possible option available. Currently you have to manually switch between say Wifi and 3G, with multi-path TCP the phone will sort out the best option for you. If you’re looking to stream data in patchy connectivity situations this has the potential to be pretty significant to improve the success and user experience of your applications.

Full article here.

Words of wisdom perhaps?

September 30th, 2013 by samir

Some words of wisdom on how to get a long with people. Simple and thoughtful:

How to structure your organisation?

September 27th, 2013 by samir

Working at Valve.Respect to these guys for trying this. Lessons for others perhaps? Can understand why Hiring is there most important job as there are few people who’d fully be able to do this. No mention of share options!

The Valve company / new hire handbook.

Thoughts in Marketing

September 27th, 2013 by samir

Good read:

Why is a Good Insight Like a Refrigerator? – Jeremy Bullmore on the value of high potency insights in marketing planning and research


Knowledge management research

July 10th, 2013 by samir

I have recently started some joint mentoring with a friend of mine who is just starting out as an independent consultant, after years as a successful practisioner in a large corporate company.

Her area of specialism is knowledge management.

For me this initially seemed a somewhat wide ranging topic area, and it is. However there are several interesting aspects of it and I am enjoying the learning, through osmosis I guess (although I am sure she’d be able to tell me better!), about this subject that appears to have a profound effect on our ability to communicate and improve performance (all definitions of …)

Here is an interesting slide deck on group dynamics, their effectiveness and some counter initiative research results – such as speech is best for conversations but not presentations (monologues) etc.

I found this whilst reading the Gurteen website – something of a mecca for knowledge management types and a seemingly well respected online resource.

Here are some more thoughts on the same … As with everything in research there are question marks over the validity of the findings but it is fascinating that people are asking these questions and publishing ideas and findings that may actually be useful.

Interesting stuff and something I am looking forward to learning more about.

Elevator pitch template

June 25th, 2013 by samir

For those thinking about their elevator pitch, I found this template to be sucinct and useful.

Hope you do too.

Software Product Manager advice

June 25th, 2013 by samir

Some advice for software product managers. Food for thought, not least the attitude.

Culture code deck.

June 25th, 2013 by samir

I read this deck (again) from Dharmesh Shah. I really like it so thought I would share:

Culture Code: Creating A Lovable Company from HubSpot All-in-one Marketing Software

Thoughts on Marketing and Innovation

June 25th, 2013 by samir

Here is a nice article. It is the common sense approach here again – i.e. before you start, go and try to understand what people want, how people operate and the practical dimensions of how they might integrate any improved technologies your thinking about, before you build it. This approach can help shape your whole effort and lead to a successful outcome for all.

In essence it is about really understanding your market before you develop a value proposition for it – even if you have some technology developed already, the creativity and innovation is likely to be more successful if as much of the target context is taken into account.

Future organisation structure concepts – the network

June 21st, 2013 by samir

Here is a link to a good article by Stan McCrystal who was a Commander in the US Army.