Bill Gates about Steve Jobs

Bill Gates reveals the one thing his tech ‘rival,’ the late Steve Jobs, was always better at — enthralling an audience

Via Business Insider.

Wunderlist

In 2015, it was big news to the Startup and VC scene, when Microsoft announced it would acquire Wunderlist. Back then, 6Wunderkinder was one of the most promising StartUps in the German Capital. The social media bubble immediately started debating the future of the product and whether Microsoft would spoil it or even shut it down.

The recent past showed all fears held true when Microsoft announced the shutdown of Wunderlist in favour of a “To-Do” app, to the disappointment of it’s entire user base.

Now, another two years later, Christian Reber, CEO and Founder of 6 Wunderkinder, announced his plans to buy back the core application from Microsoft. VentureBeat has more

TC Sessions: Enterprise

During a fireside chat, SAP CEO Bill McDermott, spoke with TechCrunch news editor Frederic Lardinois at TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise.

TC Sessions: Enterprise – Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCA – September 5, 2019

Source: TC Sessions: Enterprise | TechCrunch

What People Hate About Being Managed by Algorithms

Uber ran a study to figure out, how people feel about being managed by ‘the platform’. And to no surprise, Captain Obvious helped with the results. Drivers working for the company, feel like they are managed by a micromanager, watching every small step and worse, criticising every small mistake, leads to worse, sometimes toxic results. There is way to go for algorithms to catch up with social achievements.

It’s like having a micromanaging boss who’s always watching you.

Source: What People Hate About Being Managed by Algorithms, According to a Study of Uber Drivers

Of listening and contributing

With knowing marketing personal and products, I particularly liked the image/text link on the article. Listening to your customer is a skill that most organisations lost in their size and product managers never learned in their bubble. Your customer doesn’t express his experience in KPIs nor does he respond to NPS surveys. Frontal address only takes your brand or product as far as your consumer allows you to.

Initials look at experiential marketing and advise marketers to listen to consumers and add to culture. / Matty Adame

Experiential can be incredibly powerful. But getting it right isn’t straightforward; there are a number of factors you need to take into account in order to be successful. We recently worked with a variety of partners to develop a whitepaper – Live Amplified – exploring why experiential is so essential to a brand’s authenticity, and how to get it right.

Source: Understanding consumer motivation: The importance of listening and contributing | The Drum

10 Munich-based startups

As one of the top technology hubs in Europe, Munich is an economic powerhouse, hosting the presence of international corporations, strong VC support, top universities and of course, the Oktoberfest. Many startups choose to make the city their headquarters each year – and here are 10 of the most promising Munich-based to watch in 2019.

Source: 10 Munich-based startups to look out for in 2019 and beyond

GitHub Actions

GitHub
GitHub

GitHub today released a CI/CD Tool, GitHub Actions. With the tight integration into development workflows and rich, community maintained build-command, actions appears an interesting competitor in the market. As a minimum, the release indicates the importance of CI/CD for the modern software development lifecycle.

Developer productivity and frictionless workflows have been buzzwords for the past half decade and the arrival and rapid growth of Travis-CI, Jenkins or Cirlce-CI have proven the resonance in development organisations. GitHub has outstanding testimonials from day one on the announcement and the ecosystem appears to be ready to go.

It is an offering that comes with appealing integrations and a competitive price, that sure is worth watching.

GitHub Actions makes it easy to automate all your software workflows, now with world-class CI/CD. Build, test, and deploy your code right from GitHub. Make code reviews, branch management, and issue triaging work the way you want.

7 Powerful Talks To Make You a Better Product Manager

A playlist of TED Talks for Product Managers. Great option for your Sunday evening.

Should you be working in Product Management, this may well be a good selection for Sunday evening to watch:

TED Talks for Product Managers
TED

As a product manager, you’ll want to continuously be seeking out new ways to learn, new information, fresh ideas, and inspiration. It’s a constant learning process, and it’s important to stay open and stay motivated. While there are many resources out there, including books, blogs, podcasts, influential people on social media, and tons of online publications, there is something we love about TED Talks.

1.) How great leaders inspire action, by Simon Sinek

2.) Chris Hadfield: What I learned from going blind in space

3.) Sheena Iyengar: The Art of Choosing

4.) Margaret Gould Stewart: How giant websites design for you (and a billion others, too)

5.) Guy Kawsaki: The art of innovation

6. Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread

7. Navi Radjou: Creative problem-solving in the face of extreme limits

Source: 7 Powerful TED Talks To Make You a Better PM

Unlock your product organization’s potential by defining “done”

Simplifying and aligning conversations with a definition of done

All too often, the task list for your teams shared project management tool shows items like “Create Workflow” or “Define Process”. Items that do resonate well in the flow of work and in the nexus of individuals. But they do fall short of allowing the rest of the organization to grasp the meaning and even fail to do so for the reporter when some time has passed.

Some consice expressions on expectations on what this story or ticket is about can do wonder to getting things done. Rather than “defining a a workflow”, for example the product management team would

  • Check for Duplicate Entries
  • Describe the Requirement
  • Outline all depending products
  • Draw a critical path
  • Align all stakeholders on the critical path
  • Communicate to the team

The core idea is to eliminate any discussion about when an issue, item or story is delivered and is unique across function. Of course, the above serves as an example and will vary by team and work, and needs revision in any particular scenario. Having specific action advise will help reducing debates and focus on an actual deliverable, that is done by all opinion.

Source: Unlock your product organization’s potential by defining “done”