Two tricks for limiting email fatigue

Email fatigue is one of the most rampant illnesses in America today. It’s a disabling sicknesses that keeps folks continually working and in a state of distraction. It renders folks nearly incapable of deep thinking and rest. It keeps them continually processing the 57 unread and 5324 unarchived emails sitting in their inbox. I know,…

3 Steps to Increase Productivity and Reduce Mental Clutter

Our mobile phones provide a huge productivity boost, if we use them correctly. However, they can provide the exact opposite as well. Are you managing your phone, or is your phone managing you? Here are the three steps I took to increase productivity and reduce my mental clutter.

The Future of Mobile Development and the Coming Invisible Screen

I was fortunate to get to spend two days last week at the MIT Technology Review Mobile Summit in San Francsico. It was fascinating to be surrounded by some of the brightest minds in software product development and to hear their takes on the future of mobile development. One of the running themes of the…

Your Software Is Your Brand

Your brand is a promise.  It is a commitment to a value proposition.  It must be lived. The brand promise must permeate every interaction with your consumer; it must be executed day in and day out.  In a world where personal interactions are rapidly being replaced with software, your software is now your brand.

Consumerization meets mobile

Over the course of the past couple of years, the trend towards a more consumer oriented approach to enterprise IT has gained significant play in the industry.  Significant discussion has ensued about how this “consumerization” has changed the way that IT assets are purchased. Mobile products are pushing the consumerization trend forward.  There are several…

Why your mobile product is destined for failure

I have bad news. It’s more than likely that your “Mobile App” will fail. Regardless of how brilliant the idea, how innovative your technology, how strong your development team, or how social your marketing team, unless you’re mindset is wildly different than the vast majority of “experts” out there building mobile software products, your initiative…

What is a mobile first strategy?

I’ve found that over the past several months the phrase mobile first has become part of my standard vocabulary.  You may have even noticed that I blogged about the relationship between “Mobile First and the Product Mindset” a couple of months ago.  Unfortunately, I’m afraid I may have jumped the gun; over the past few weeks, several…

Mobile is intersecting with Big Data

Given that portable devices have largely become an extension of the human person, they are rapidly collecting, consuming, and leveraging increasingly complex and rapidly growing sets of data. Not only are the data sets themselves growing in size and complexity, but so are the uses – the way we expect to access, slice, dice, analyze…

MobileFirst & The Product Mindset

With the rise of portable computing devices, Google announced about a year ago that it was pursuing a new product development mindset – one they described as “Mobile First”. The approach ensures that mobility will be central – not an after thought – to their product strategy.Over the past year we have seen many of…

The future of tablets and other personal devices in the enterprise

As 2011 began, Gartner published their traditional set of annual predictions.  Two of them caught my eye.  First, they predict that by 2014 90% of organizations will “support corporate applications on personal devices”.  Secondly, they predict that by 2013 80% of businesses will support tablets.   These predictions are very much in line with what…