Publishers Haven't Realized Just How Big a Deal GDPR is - Baekdal Plus
Essentially, it means that you can't load any 3rd party service into your site. You can't load advertising from your ad partners (via their scripts), you can't add social widgets, you can't add a quiz to your articles that is using some 3rd party service.
advertising  gdpr  privacy  blog 
10 days ago
Tracking Uncertainty of Work
Work is like a hill with two sides. There's an uphill phase of figuring out what to do and how to approach the problem. That’s the climb. After you reach the top, there aren’t any more ruinous unknowns. You can see down to the other side and finish executing. It's straightforward to estimate and finish the work from that point.
prodmgmt  estimates  blog 
14 days ago
CDs and vinyl are more popular than digital downloads once again - The Verge
But as it turns out, there’s a fast growing new category of streaming services that could soon be a very big deal for the industry. They’re called “limited tier paid subscriptions,” and they’re basically subscription streaming services with some sort of major constraint. Amazon, for instance, sells a $4 per month unlimited music subscription that only works on a single Echo. Pandora’s paid radio service, Pandora Plus, also falls into this category.
28 days ago
Facebook's Privacy and Transparency Failings Are Still a Serious Problem | WIRED
Signing up for a Facebook account, or any free online service, comes with an implicit bargain: Use it as much as you want—check your News Feed, like a status,…
privacy  facebook 
4 weeks ago
The Seven-Year Itch: How Apple’s Marriage to Siri Turned Sour — The Information
Fast forward seven years, and Siri is a problem. It’s arguably the main reason that Apple’s latest product launch—a $349 smart speaker called HomePod—has underperformed, based on early estimates from analysts. Although the speaker won plaudits for its sleek look and audio quality, review after review trashed the Siri functionality with words like “dopey, ”“annoying” and “embarrassingly inadequate.”
5 weeks ago
The Tyranny of Convenience - The New York Times
An unwelcome consequence of living in a world where everything is “easy” is that the only skill that matters is the ability to multitask. At the extreme, we don’t actually do anything; we only arrange what will be done, which is a flimsy basis for a life.
culture  psychology  technology 
6 weeks ago
How to Collaborate Effectively If Your Team Is Remote
First, consider that there are three kinds of distance in remote collaboration: physical (place and time), operational (team size, bandwidth and skill levels) and affinity (values, trust, and interdependency). The best way for managers to drive team performance is by focusing on reducing affinity distance. Try switching most remote communication to regular video calls, which are a much better vehicle for establishing rapport and creating empathy than either e-mails or voice calls. And design virtual team-building rituals that give people the opportunity to interact regularly and experience their collaboration skills in action.
remote  blog 
7 weeks ago
How We Align Product Development with Jobs To Be Done at MURAL
Tying customers needs to product features is a challenge for most product and development teams. At MURAL, we try to solve this issue using jobs to be done. In…
prodmgmt  jtbd 
8 weeks ago
It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech | WIRED
The most effective forms of censorship today involve meddling with trust and attention, not muzzling speech itself. As a result, they don’t look much like the old forms of censorship at all. They look like viral or coordinated harassment campaigns, which harness the dynamics of viral outrage to impose an unbearable and disproportionate cost on the act of speaking out. They look like epidemics of disinformation, meant to undercut the credibility of valid information sources. They look like bot-fueled campaigns of trolling and distraction, or piecemeal leaks of hacked materials, meant to swamp the attention of traditional media.
blog  socialmedia 
8 weeks ago
Facebook Really Wants You to Come Back - Bloomberg
Rogério Pereira, a user in Portugal, said among his friends it’s understood that there’s only one way to make sure you never go back.

“You must ask your friend to say you’re dead so they convert your account into a memorial,” he said.
facebook  blog 
10 weeks ago
Instagram Is Turning Into Facebook, and That’s Bad - WSJ
I understand why Instagram is adopting Facebook features: They work. But for years I logged into Instagram and enjoyed it more than Facebook. I fear a day when I wake up, open my phone and can no longer tell the difference between the two.
facebook  instagram  blog 
10 weeks ago
Your Team is Smarter Than You Are: Why Autonomous Product Teams Work Better - Mind the Product
Leadership still has a huge role to play in setting the vision, the mission, and the goals that teams are tasked with executing so that those autonomous teams have guardrails within which to operate.

Leadership’s biggest job is to ensure alignment between these teams so that each one knows what their goals are, how they tie back to the company goals, and what everyone else is working on.
leadership  management  autonomy  blog 
10 weeks ago
The Emotionally Intelligent Manager’s Guide To Leading Remote Teams
Perhaps the biggest challenge managers face is a “mixed mode” team, with some in the office and others located remotely. That’s a really common circumstance, and it takes extra vigilance for managers to avoid playing favorites or accidentally making their remote folks feel like second-class citizens.

There are simple things you can do as a manager to avoid this trap, says John Wulff, SVP Software Development at CUSO Financial Services. “If there’s a meeting and even one person is remote, have everyone attend as if they’re remote using the same tool, so there’s no inequity in how people are participating.” This not only normalizes the remote experience, it also forces you to find an approach (technological as much as methodological) to remote meetings that isn’t disproportionately painful to the people offsite.
remote  blog 
december 2017
Jobs-to-Be-Done in Your UX Toolbox
Again, bearing in mind that JTBD has its roots in business strategy and market research, it is excellent at clarifying user needs, defining high-level specifications and content requirements. It is excellent for validating brand perception and value proposition —all the way down to your feature set. In other words, it can be extremely powerful all the way through to halfway of the second diamond. You could quite readily combine the different JTBD approaches because they have differences as much as overlaps. However, JTBD generally starts getting a little difficult to apply once we get to the details of UI design.

The clue lies in JTBD’s raison d’être: a job statement is solution independent. Hence, once we get to designing solutions, we potentially fall into a existential black hole.
jtbd  blog 
december 2017
Close Reading — Real Life
It was this sense of an ethereal sociality that writer Clive Thompson had in mind when he coined the term ambient intimacy. The basic unit of Twitter is the timeline, and is best understood as a thing in motion, the movement itself the contextual ground for how the platform works. When, as it tended to more in its early days, Twitter leans to the personal and the anecdotal, it conjures an ambient constellation of the social, an imagined collection of people sitting in a virtual room.
socialmedia  twitter 
december 2017
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia | Technology | The Guardian
There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called “continuous partial attention”, severely limiting people’s ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ. One recent study showed that the mere presence of smartphones damages cognitive capacity – even when the device is turned off. “Everyone is distracted,” Rosenstein says. “All of the time.”
attention  design  ethics  facebook  technology  blog 
december 2017
Mutemath's Paul Meany on Near-Breakup, New LP 'Play Dead' - Rolling Stone
Mutemath – then Meany, King, Mitchell-Cárdenas and multi-instrumentalist Todd Gummerman – assembled the track list in an unconventional way. Instead of arguing endlessly over what songs to pull from their massive pile of 30 demos, the musicians each hand-picked three and assembled the basic framework himself before bringing the other back into the process.

"We just trusted each of us to go into our corners and materialize a vision for that particular song and bring it back to the band to finish the puzzle together," Meany says. "And it was exciting to watch everyone in the band firing on all cylinders. The mantra was just 'indulge,' and we trusted each other to do that. And we wouldn't have been able to do that a few albums ago. If you just get into 'indulge' mode, that's usually the recipe for garbage. Every person in the band should always feel that – someone's gotta to create some parameters at some point. But I think we've worked together long enough now and have developed the trust within that creative space to just say 'go.' This was the culmination of all that."
blog  collaboration  music 
september 2017
What machines can tell from your face
Google has explicitly turned its back on matching faces to identities, for fear of its misuse by undemocratic regimes.
september 2017
Hunter Walk on following your own career path in product
“In those cross-functional teams, you are serving at the behest of the engineers and designers,” said Hunter. “And in the best organizations, you’re increasing the quality and the speed of the product development. If you’re not, you should.”

“The biggest challenges I ran into and my biggest failures in leading product at YouTube were the times where I thought ‘just work harder’ was the answer,” he said. “Now, I look back and know I should’ve been a bit more self-critical of all the moving pieces. I should’ve answered other questions like – What am I doing that I shouldn’t be doing? What’s my role in how this organization can change and evolve in order to solve a greater problem? How can I use my talents to make the greatest impact?”
prodmgmt  career  blog 
september 2017
3 Types of Product Managers: Builders, Tuners, Innovators
The product managers that love being builders love solving real problems for users, delighting users with the experiences they are creating, and just love bringing products to life.
prodmgmt  blog 
september 2017
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