Waterfall Development Process Plug-ins
The problem with “waterfall” product development processes is not the process itself. Its the people. The process relies too much on informationation transfer in huge chunks that gets larger and more complex as the process moves down the chain. Unless you have a fully motivated and very detail oriented team, something WILL get lost in the translation. More simply put, people hate to read and ends up just skimming the PRD, scope, ERD, and whatever 80 page document you put infront of them.
Well, Sasha over at Yahoo! has a little “plug-in” called Collaboration Sessions that attempts to get everyone on the team to think in the same framework regarding the product to be developed that helps (but not completely) make the traditional process more effective.
BTW, Boxes & Arrows is my blog find of the week. Seems to have lots of Yahoo! people blogging so gives alittle insight into the nature of the beast over at Mathilda & First. Will have spent Saturday morning catching up on all the old articles.
Alibaba @ eBay Live
Just got back from eBay live. Couple of interesting observations regarding Alibaba. While not part of the official conference, Alibaba was everywhere. It was not allowed in the convention hall but staked itself in the neighboring Hilton and Marriott. It attracted conference goers by giving away tote bags on the street and MP3 players to anyone that went to their presentations. The MP3 player was a hit. The presentation and booth itself needed some work on professionalism. In the end, Alibaba certainly created a stir and cemented the fact that it will be formidable and scrappy competitor to the more polished and better organized eBay. Quite a constract in style.
BTW, the word on the street is that Alibaba is in the middle of drafting their s1 and will be filling end of summer when asset managers come back from the Hamptons.
Phishing Goes Offline
Ok. . . this is getting ridiculous. . . . (although I have to give them credit for being clever). . .
Today I got a snail mail from Internet Listing Service Corp looking suspiciously like a bill for an domain name I bought a few month back through Yahoo!. (even got that billing “blue” background with visa and mastercard logos)
Its asking me to give them my credit card to pay for
1. 1 Year - $35.00
2. 2 Year s- $60.00
3. 5 Years - $140.00
“Annual Website Search Engine Listing”
Now, I know these guys are trying to walk a fine line as to not get dragged into court. If I read the “bill” carefully, I can find out that I’m actually paying for a search engine registration service not domain registration service. (damn expensive xxx registration service at that). And there is a warning that “This is not a bill. This is a solicitation.”
So with that, they are hoping to get away with the scam, hoping that spouses, parents, or just some unsuspecting person will give them their credit card and pay off the “bill.” Once they charge my credit card, I’m not sure what other unscrupulous thing they plan to do with it. . .
Its the wild wild west out there . . .