Wednesday, November 28, 2012

“Shipping Greatness” by Chris Vander Mey; O’Reilly Media

Chris Vander Mey is a former Google product manager and Amazon engineering manager that has held multiple roles in small company startups. He has a Masters in Engineering Management from Dartmouth College and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from University of Virginia.

The Book has 13 chapters which are divided in two parts and three short appendices with further information including references for further reading.


Part one (chapters 1-7) is about the process to ship great Software and part two (chapters 8-13) is about the needed skills for any project leader.


It's target audience are managers of bigger companies. It explains the whole life cycle of a new Software product from the initial idea up to shipping the product.

In my opinion the reader should already have some knowledge about product management before reading this book.
Chris gives a lot of tips and examples from his own experience at Google and Amazon.

After all i think the Book is a bit to short to cover all the topics adequate.
I am not sure if like the book or not. I don’t like Chris writing style and IMHO he uses to many superlatives.

You can find more infos at the O’Reilly product page here.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Jelly Bean 4.2 for Nexus 7

This morning I got a system update (Jelly Bean 4.2) for my Nexus 7 :-) Here are my first impressions: After the reboot you see that there is now some kind of Widgets for the lock screen. You can choose between Clock, Calendar and Gmail.

After logging in I wanted to check the setting of my tablet. I pulled down the notification bar and ... realized that the Settings button is gone. I remembered that I read something about the new "Quicksetting" Feature. You must wipe with two one fingers from top to Bottom in the Info bar (that's where you see the current time and the small Battery icon).

I took a quick look through the available settings and checked out the new "Daydream" which you find in the Display Options.

The "Developer options" in the settings are not visible by default. To enable them, you need to go to "About Tablet" in the settings, scroll down to the "Build number" and tap it seven times, yes I know that sounds crazy. When you go back, you will see an entry for the "Developer options".

Next thing I checked out was the new Android Keyboard. I am not sure about this. Wiping to write is really fast - but only if the Keyboard recognizes the words you are trying to write correctly, which it didn't in my case. I couldn't get it to write the same letter twice in one word, so I switched back to the SwiftKey Keyboard.
I will give the Android Keyboard another try when I have a bit more time.

After the update my Amazon apps (Appstore, Amazon Kindle, Amazon MP3) couldn't remember my Amazon credentials any more.

Another thing I realized was that my custom wallpaper doesn't seem to fit the screen any more. When I scroll to the most left or right Home screen there is a 1 cm gap without wallpaper. Looks like they changed the resolution for the wallpaper.

Oh, and Firefox crashes a lot under Jelly Bean 4.2 :-(