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Railslove readings #7

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Here’s some interesting stuff:

Jacob has several articles in stock, involving some mindset-training for product managers and an assessment on comments in code – do they smell?

Practical tips for applying the growth mindset to product

I consider self-awareness, emotional resilience and an ability to understand people to be the primary drivers of PM performance. These qualities are much more difficult to learn

Are Comments a Code Smell? Yes! No? It Depends.

*One of the first points on the list is understanding what a comment is and what it is not. For me documentation isn’t a comment, in most languages (unfortunately) documentation happens to be represented as a comment. *

Stephan loves mapping things. In UX, what’s the best method to go about this?

UX Mapping Methods Compared: A Cheat Sheet

Empathy maps, customer journey maps, experience maps, and service blueprints depict different processes and have different goals, yet they all build common ground within an organization.

At the Push conference in Munich, Laura Kalbag talked about web page speed. Liane listened to her performance talk and found the transcript with links, pics and a lot of insights.

Digital Assistants, Facebook Quizzes, And Fake News! You Won’t Believe What Happens Next

You know what that means? Your web performance effort counts for little to nothing if your organisation’s business model requires a gazillion tracking scripts to make money.

Marco discovered that the web began dying in 2014. Whoa.

The Web Began Dying in 2014, Here’s How

The underlying dynamics of power on the Web have drastically changed, and those three companies [Google, Facebook, Amazon] are at the center of a fundamental transformation of the Web.

Apparently we don’t read on Wikipedia often enough anymore. Bumi did and made some of us aware of a serious knowledge gap.

Fear, uncertainty and doubt, FUD

Fear, uncertainty and doubt (often shortened to FUD) is a disinformation strategy used in sales, marketing […] to influence perception by disseminating negative and dubious or false information and a manifestation of the appeal to fear.

Tim is one of our CEOs. Will he be for much longer? He found this really interesting approach to (not) leading a company.

No CEO: The Swedish company where nobody is in charge

The staff decided that many of the chief executive’s responsibilities overlapped with those of the board, while other roles could be shared among other employees.

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