Joe is a client, friend and former boss. He’s very quotable. I shall always remember hearing him across the cubicles, mocking a member of his team by paraphrasing Bon Jovi lyrics: “Shot to the heart, Michelle, and you’re too late. You give software development a bad name.” You kind of had to be there.
Regardless, he’s assembled a list of rules for building software to sell to the masses:
100-1: This a good ratio of end-users to developers to aim for as a starting point. With less than this you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get feedback and the feedback you do get will tend to take you in strange directions. Remember if you build a stadium you have to fill it every weekend to make a return, software works off similar ratios.
Rule #9 applies to any industry, and I felt strangely endorsed by rule #10.
Because I’m trying to spend a little more time on sites like Digg, I have dugg (have digged? have dugged? did dig?) this.