The Heretech, episode 33: Chor-Ching Fan's major mash-ups

Chor-Ching Fan of Jackbe tells us how to build good mash-ups, the reasons for their adoption, and the kinds of solutions that are good fits for mash-ups. Plus, some quick research news (the Agile adoption doc is published!), and a great article on the value of failure. (c) 2010 Tom Grant

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Beta's marketing focus

The research that Dave West and I did on the state of Agile adoption is now published.

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No Iron Curtain for Java

The headline for a recent InfoWorld article about Oracle's plan for Java reads, "Java's Future Uncertain Under Oracle's Grip." Interesting choice of words, since we usually reserve grip to describe things like Stalin's handling of Eastern Europe after WWII.

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Agile adoption study now published

The research that Dave West and I did on the state of Agile adoption is now published. Here's a link to the actual document, and here's a quick snippet about it from InfoWorld. The short version: If the odds that you'll wind up on an Agile team in your next job is at least one in three, Agile has certainly gone mainstream.

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The Heretech, episode 32: Brian Lawley on the PM profession

Brian Lawley of the 280 Group tells us how the PM profession has changed, and what it takes to be an exceptional PM. Plus, advice for taking your application to a social networking platform like Facebook. (c) 2010 Tom Grant

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Facebook's counterproductive privacy approach

Earlier this month, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained his company's privacy policies:

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Google: The other shoe drops

I'd postponed saying anything about Google's withdrawal from the Chinese market because it smacked of being incomplete. Google's official statement earlier this week--we don't want to do business with a regime that tries to hack into its opponents' e-mail accounts--was certainly laudable. But was that the really the whole story?

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Want innovation? Hire a good SE.

Service companies definitely understand business problems better than product companies. Case in point: I've been talking a lot lately to both kinds of companies about innovation. When you ask vendors the question, "How do you approach the innovation process?" service companies, on average, say something about business problems first. Product companies, on average, talk about technology.

By no small coincidence, many product companies are now trying to figure out the kind of solutions in which they might play a role. That question has two sides:

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When customers smother your product

Any PM who has worked with customers extensively learns how to deal with the hard cases. There are different species of difficult customers, such those who exaggerate every problem to the level of a showstopper, or the ones who think there's only answer to every implementation question.

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The Heretech, episode 31: Mike Marfise on innovation

After an unintended hiatus, we're back! This week, Mike Marfise of Jive Software tells us how the tech industry's understanding of innovation has matured. Plus, a good example of how to use social media to share product details and plans with your customers. (c) 2010 Tom Grant.

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