Tag: Products

  • Security Products, Rules, and Complexity

    Security Products, Rules, and Complexity

    Security products need to detect known knowns, so they build up a corpus of rule content. This corpus grows faster than it shrinks, if it’s maintained at all: new known bad is found at a rapid clip, while software is retired from use very slowly. There are two constraints on security products’ ability to use […]

  • Top 40 Most Interesting

    Top 40 Most Interesting

    Say there’s a large data set, something like the lake under a SIEM. How do you find interesting elements from it? There’s a few different tricks, such as throwing it through a series of algorithms. One fun trick is to use a generic dashboard pattern. One I’ve played around with a few times is the […]

  • Executive Dashboards

    Executive Dashboards

    Executive dashboards go through the Tuckman model… like team members, they have to be understood before they are accepted.  Forming: a need for a dashboard is recognized and that dashboard is introduced to the executive staff. It may or may not be challenged, but its place is not certain. Storming: if not at introduction then […]

  • Gambling or Groceries?

    Gambling or Groceries?

    Following on the post about sustaining software, here’s an opposing argument.  Go big or go home. Deliver shocking value. Focus attention on exponential results instead of linear ones. Leverage your investment into the biggest possible return. All of those exciting phrases are exciting because they mean increasing risk. Some are drawn to that risk, preferring […]

  • When to use Design Discovery Patterns

    When to use Design Discovery Patterns

    People love one size fits all patterns and models, but it is usually better to use the correct tool for the job at hand. So you need to solve a problem. You’re going to build a solution to solve the problem with. It’s going to have users, who will configure it, give it their problems, […]

  • Continued Improvement in Software Products

    Continued Improvement in Software Products

    What’s more valuable to the software vendor: improving what you’ve already delivered, or building something new? At first it might seem like building a new thing will have the highest return on investment. After all, new customer growth being equal, the finished product is only going to get support, renewal, and expansion dollars from existing […]

  • Enterprise Roshambo

    Enterprise Roshambo

    Ever wish there was a simple game to explain how complex organizations make decisions? You’re in luck! Roshambo, also known as rock-paper-scissors, explains it all. There are a few productive hours in each day, and three conflicting ways to spend them. The game explains how they will be prioritized. Default rules: in enterprise roshambo, Compliance […]

  • Thoughts on Logging

    Thoughts on Logging

    Those two phrases are contradictory and context dependent. This is why logging has different levels. They may be expressed as numbers or words. Each more verbose level is inclusive of the less verbose levels. Sematext has a nice in-depth overview.  I can’t count the number of times that initial log collection didn’t uncover the root […]

  • Product Manager to Product Ratio

    Product Manager to Product Ratio

    How many chucks could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? It depends on the structure of the organization’s tech stack. A highly structured tech stack provides a format that you can build repetitive products with. Structure makes the design obvious and lets the developers work faster, which means more gets done easier.  […]

  • What kind of product are you making?

    What kind of product are you making?

    First know everything, then you can automate it! Also, if you can express your problem in numbers, I can tell you if they’re going up or down. A freeform exploration product attempts to enable a customer to achieve understanding and express the problem in numbers. Features may include user-editable schema (traditional database and ETL products) or schema […]