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February 9, 2012

The Best Moment To Start From Scratch Is When You Haven’t Started Yet

I’ll assume you’ve validated your great idea with customer interviews. You’ve had some decent feedback and you’re ready to go. What do you need now? A pen and a piece of paper. Just sketch your basic UI. Don’t overthink it. Keep it simple. Make sure every page has: One clear major action you’d like the user to - Read More -

January 29, 2012

Lettre ouverte à Philippe Duval, PDG de la SAQ

Lettre ouverte envoyée à Philippe Duval, président et directeur général de la SAQ, au sujet de leur application iPhone. Cher Philippe, Je dois vous faire part d’une constatations troublante et ma foi inacceptable: l’application iPhone de la SAQ n’est simplement pas à la hauteur de ce que l’on s’attend de l’institution chouchou des Québécois. Ne - Read More -

November 30, 2011

Getting Schooled By A New Hire

I recently hired a promising school dropout. He goes by the nomulous moniker on the web and as Fletcher Tomalty everywhere else. Some late night browsing on GitHub made me a very lucky manager as he’s so far the best hire of my 1st decade in technology. Too bad, he’s not drinking yet Last week, - Read More -

November 1, 2011

If it’s your company, then it’s your fault

If you’re a co-founder,  CEO or simply the boss of the company, everything that sucks about it or that fails is your fault. Don’t even think of blaming the new guy, the young guy or the guy who left for a week in the Bahamas. If one does not know what to do, is not - Read More -

October 28, 2011

Stop listening. Just Build It.

I have a focus problem like most people who likes to build stuff. Therefore I am glad to be surrounded by people that get me back on track when I talk about nice-to-have or features that won’t really move the needle to get us where we want to go. But I’ve stopped listening to anyone - Read More -

October 20, 2011

#StealThisIdea : Todo List + Google Maps

I like optimization, especially when running errands during the weekend. I always find myself figuring the best route to complete all tasks. What do I want? An app to … Alert me when I am close to a business related to an item on my TODO (integration with YellowPages API?). Integration with Google Maps so - Read More -

July 26, 2011

Just start talking about it

I’ve been working with software engineers for 13 years, more often than not as one of them. They come in various shapes and types but often as slightly introverted people. Not always the most talkative. They’re smart people, so if they have a problem, they will talk about it. But if not, they often just - Read More -

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