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Murali Krishna Devarakonda
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Just found a big bug in Google.
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Need help with your Startup? Come to Agile Entrepreneurs - Time Barter!
Every Monday (4-6pm), come to our meeting (usually at Hacker Dojo in Mountain View). Get Help - and Pay it Forward!
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The goal is to go from an Idea to a Working Product backlog consisting of User Stories tying Product Go-to-Market Strategy (WHY+HOW), Product Vision/Features (WHAT), and Product Roadmap/Schedule (WHEN), in a model that can be changed instantly in response to market/business conditions.

The trick is to delink Iterations from Release/Strategy. Also delink the traditional Product Manager’s product requirements (comprising of all your Epics/Features/Stories) from both the schedule and strategy.

The next step is to start with a Go-to-Market Strategy, define a cohesive, minimal Theme/Activity comprising a few small User Stories to execute on that strategy- as quickly as possible (no more than a month). Each set of Strategy/Activity/Stories are informed by the work on product visioning with Epics/Features/Stories, but not connected to or dependent on it any way directly.

This not only eliminates feature creep completely, it actually allows you to focus on a minimal implementation of a go-to-market strategy that’s simultaneously top-down and bottom-up, allowing for rich collaboration all around – including Marketing/Sales/Biz Dev and Support/Analytics/Operations.
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Event on Feb 05 @ Hacker Dojo for Startups/Entrepreneurs/Product Managers
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Americans should learn Hindi just to see this history in the making in India.  It's like watching a bad Bollywood movie. Except it's all happening right now. 

Just 21 days after being elected Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal and his AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) government has scared the daylights out of the deeply entrenched corrupt Politicians, Police and Media in Delhi, India.

You don't need to understand Hindi - just care enough to follow what's going on and go past the obfuscations and diversions of those feeling threatened and frankly, scared out of their wits.
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Straight from the horse's mouth
5 months ago exactly I asked you all what you guys thought of the Jobs movie that had just been released in theatres and I had the honor of Mr. +Steve Wozniak coming on to the post (original comment here
and commenting and explaining what really went on at the time vs what the movie portrayed. I chose to not watch the movie then, however, tonight I rented it simply out of curiosity it was so good to see it knowing his perspective and the account of how things actually happened. I want to thank Mr. Wozniak from the bottom of my heart for every bit of time spent working on creating Apple computers. YOU are the true force behind this operating system which I love so much bc it makes my life so easy.  Thank you for dedicating so much of your youth to this project. Honored once more to have such unique commentary from you on my page. 
Original comment from Steve Wozniak below

Steve Wozniak Aug 19, 2013
"Actually, the movie was largely a lie about me. I was an engineer at HP designing the iPhone 5 of the time, their scientific calculators. I had many friends and a good reputation there. I designed things for people all over the country, for fun, all the time too, including the first hotel movie systems and SMPTE time code readers for the commercial video world. Also home pinball games. Among these things, the Apple I was the FIFTH time that something I had created (not built from someone else's schematic) was turned into money by Jobs. My Pong game got him his job at Atari but he never was an engineer or programmer. I was a regular member at the Homebrew Computer Club from day one and Jobs didn't know it existed. He was up in Oregon then. I'd take my designs to the meetings and demonstrate them and I had a big following. I wasn't some guy nobody talked to, although I was shy in social settings. i gave that computer design away for free to help people who were espousing the thoughts about computers changing life in so many regards (communication, education, productivity, etc.). I was inspired by Stanford intellectuals like Jim Warren talking this way at the club. Lee Felsenstein wanted computers to help in things like the antiwar marches he'd orchestrated in Oakland and I was inspired by the fact that these machines could help stop wars. Others in the club had working models of this computer before Jobs knew it existed. He came down one week and I took him to show him the club, not the reverse. He saw it as a businessman. It as I who told Jobs the good things these machines could do for humanity, not the reverse. I begged Steve that we donate the first Apple I to a woman who took computers into elementary schools but he made my buy it and donate it myself.

When I first met Jobs, I had EVERY Dylan album. I was a hardcore fan. I had bootlegs too. Jobs knew a few popular Dylan songs and related to the phrase "when you ain't got nothin' you got nothing to lose." I showed Jobs all my liner notes and lyrics and took him to record stores near San Jose State and Berkeley to buy Dylan bootlegs. I showed him brochures full of Dylan quotes and articles and photos. I brought Jobs into this Dylan world in a big way. I would go to the right post office at midnight, in Oakland, to buy tickets to a Dylan concert and would take Jobs with me. Jobs asked early on in our friendship whether Dylan or the Beatles were better. I had no Beatles album. We both concurred that Dylan was more important because he said important things and thoughtful things. So a Beatles fan was kind of a pop lamb to us. Why would they portray us in the movie as Dylan for Jobs and Beatles for me?

And when Jobs (in the movie, but really a board does this) denied stock to the early garage team (some not even shown) I'm surprised that they chose not to show me giving about $10M of my own stock to them because it was the right thing. And $10M was a lot in that time.

Also, note that the movie showed a time frame in which every computer Jobs developed was a failure. And they had millions of dollars behind them. My Apple ][ was developed on nothing and productized on very little. Yet it was the only revenue and profit source of the company for the first 10 years, well past the point that Jobs had left. The movie made it seem that board members didn't acknowledge Jobs' great work on Macintosh but when sales fall to a few hundred a month and the stock dives to 50% in a short time, someone has to save the company. The proper course was to work every angle possible, engineering and marketing, to make the Macintosh marketable while the Apple ][ still supported us for years. This work was done by Sculley and others and it involved opening the Macintosh up too.

The movie shows Steve's driving of the Macintosh team but not the stuff that most of the team said they'd never again work for him. It doesn't show his disdain and attempts to kill the Apple ][, our revenue source, so that the Macintosh wouldn't have to compete with it. The movie audience would want to see a complete picture and they can often tell when they are being shortchanged.

And ease of computer came to the world more than anything from Jef Raskin, in many ways and long before Jef told us to look into Xerox. Jef was badly portrayed.

And if you think that our investor and equal stock holder and mentor Mike Markkula was Jobs' stooge (and not in control of everything), well, you have been duped.

Jobs mannerisms and phrases are motivational and you need a driver to move things along. But it's also important to have the skills to execute and create products that will be popular enough to sell for more than it costs to make them. Jobs didn't have that success at Apple until the iPod, although OS X deserves the credit too. These sorts of things people would have wanted to see, about Jobs or about Apple, but the movie gives other images of what was behind it all and none add up." #Apple  
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Make Your Own Mistakes, Learn From Mine! 

When: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PST) 
Where: Hacker Dojo, 599 Fairchild Dr, Mountain View, CA 94043
Who: Agile Entrepreneurs building a Software Product - Web or Mobile or Desktop or Server or Cloud or ... Blue Sky

As a Startup, chances are you're already behind.

Stop trying to wing it. Chaos is not an alternative. Nor a rigid Product Requirements Document.

Learn to model your Product Vision, Strategy, & Roadmap into a super-efficient Iterative development lifecycle with cutting edge Agile Product Management and iterative User Interface design, Agile Engineering & Agile Project Management techniques.
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I'd like to call this 3D 360-degree Agile - top-down & bottom-up hierarchy, left-right & right-left brain, clockwise-anticlockwise analytics & feedback loops. 

This the future. And it's here already!

'Viewers apparently loved Oreo's message, which was retweeted 10,000 times in one hour

The reaction left some wondering whether the quick tweet had an even greater payoff than Oreo's actual Super Bowl ad, which cost millions more to create

... the graphic released during the blackout was "designed, captioned and approved within minutes"'
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If you genuinely want to do Agile Product/Project management, Mingle is hands-down the best tool out there. Better than a wall with Post-its.

A lot of companies have adopted Agile because they have been made to – and they view Agile as an inevitable “next paradigm” and not as a solution to the Waterfall problem.

The people who chose them use all the wrong yardsticks – one that lets them be in their Waterfall-comfort zones while claiming to be Agile.

They often end up picking the one that is the worst from an Agile perspective: bloated, rigid and totally anti-Agile. You end up spending most of your time “servicing the tool” – i.e. doing things the tool forces you to do – whether it’s what you want/need to do or not.
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I've been saying this for some time now - Presidential Democracy doesn't need political parties. Abandoning Parties - or even better, eliminating them - would make it easier for individual politicians to vote for what they stand for. 

Without two political parties who have to divide us on every single issue and non-issue out of necessity to win our votes, we'll self-divide ourselves into multiple view points on issues that matter and unite on issue that don't matter - or where there's only one fact.
I must confess, I am dreading today's elections.
Not because of who might win or lose.
Not because as a Californian, my vote for President will count 1/3 as much as an Alaskan (actually it won't matter at all -- I'm not in a swing state).
Not because my vote for Senate will count 1/50 as much as an Alaskan.

But because no matter what the outcome, our government will still be a giant bonfire of partisanship.  It is ironic since whenever I have met with our elected officials they are invariably thoughtful, well-meaning people.  And yet collectively 90% of their effort seems to be focused on how to stick it to the other party.

So my plea to the victors -- whoever they might be: please withdraw from your respective parties and govern as independents in name and in spirit.  It is probably the biggest contribution you can make to the country.

[If you agree, pass it on to your newly elected officials.]
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