Making of a Web App: Interlude – Importance of a Blog

In Startup Marketing: Big Bang vs. Darwinian Evolution, Dharmesh Shah highlights the importance of getting feedback early in a Darwinian evolution approach compared to the “stealth mode” approach with a big-bang launch. His insights are well stated and recommended reading to show the design and development of a new product should be accompanied by, orContinue reading “Making of a Web App: Interlude – Importance of a Blog”

Making of a Web App: Part 11 – Technical Interlude

For people with an interest in the technical side of the project, here are notes on the configuration of our development, test, and production environments. For those who couldn’t care less if PlaybookIQ is powered by mongrels or mice – don’t run away yet. Later this week, I will have the beginnings of actual productContinue reading “Making of a Web App: Part 11 – Technical Interlude”

Making of a Web App: Part 10 – UI Evolution and Screenshots on Flickr

Making of a Web App is Synap Software’s step-by-step look at designing and developing a web app. In this article I share one iteration of an evolution of web application design layouts for PlaybookIQ. I set up a flickr photostream to show screenshots as they evolved. Read the rest of this blog entry first, andContinue reading “Making of a Web App: Part 10 – UI Evolution and Screenshots on Flickr”

Making of a Web App: Part 9 – Why I Hope No One Reads My Use Cases

Making of a Web App is Synap Software’s step-by-step look at designing and developing a web app. In this article I share why, despite best attempts by the anti-paperwork crowd, I like written use cases. Use cases: Contribute directly to the final, deployed app. Expose risks to simplicity. Expose the level of development work required.Continue reading “Making of a Web App: Part 9 – Why I Hope No One Reads My Use Cases”

Making of a Web App: Part 8 – Styleguide

Making of a Web App is Synap Software’s step-by-step look at designing and developing a web app. In this article we get a little bit ahead of ourselves and talk about styleguides. Early PlaybookIQ Styleguide decisions: Use of the International Style Tab-based navigation Persistent search box A styleguide communicates an application’s look and feel, includingContinue reading “Making of a Web App: Part 8 – Styleguide”

Making of a Web App: Choose a Name, Part 2 – Update

Making of a Web App follows the design, development and deployment of a web application. This is the seventh article in the series. In this entry we pick a name for Synap Software’s new sales team collaboration application. Here’s the steps we followed: Wrote down the categories, benefits, and differences that describe the app. UsedContinue reading “Making of a Web App: Choose a Name, Part 2 – Update”

Making of a Web App: Choose a Name, Part 1

In this, the sixth entry in the Making of a Web App series, we take a look at choosing a name. There are two steps: pick criteria and then pick a name that meets those criteria. In this entry we look at the first step: what makes a good web application name. Key points: DescriptiveContinue reading “Making of a Web App: Choose a Name, Part 1”

Making of a Web App: Choose a Small Feature List for V1.0

In this, the fifth entry in the Make a Web App series, we build the v1.0 feature list. The key points are: Write down a big list of features. Cut the list in half. Cut the list in half again. Version 1.0 will be only this 25% of the big list – these are theContinue reading “Making of a Web App: Choose a Small Feature List for V1.0”

Making of a Web App: Set Expectations

This is the fourth entry in the Making of a Web App series. Key points are: Use user profiles to reinforce understanding of the single activity release 1.0 is meant to support. Maintain focus and set expectations by distinguishing the activity the app supports from another closely-related, yet different, activity. Ask a Project Manager aboutContinue reading “Making of a Web App: Set Expectations”

Making of a Web App: Describe Users in Writing

This is the third entry in the Making of a Web App series. Key points are: Write profiles of users’ roles, responsibilities, and needs Two profiles is good, three is borderline and four profiles indicates the scope for release 1.0 is too large. User profiles are important tools for design and scope decisions. This seriesContinue reading “Making of a Web App: Describe Users in Writing”