Five Types of App Features

Yesterday, I came across this article by Henrik Kniberg that does a fantastic job of summarizing and refreshing the now-famous “MVP” approach, made popular in Lean Startup. The article tells some great stories from places like Lego and the Swedish Police force showing how user-focussed design works in practice. It’s a great read, and a great […]

Filing HST for an App Company in Canada

Filing HST/GST is something that many small companies in Canada have to do every few months. It’s not particularly hard for an app company, at least in my experience, but like many tax processes in Canada it’s not that intuitive or clear either. 🙄 So, I put together a basic workflow that I use (and regularly revise), and […]

Parsing Parse

Our biggest app uses Parse, so last week’s announcement that the service was ending was a shock. It will mean moving all our users’ data somewhere else, investing lots of time in the process, and all for an update that—best case scenario—users won’t even notice. Do I regret using Parse as a back-end? I’ve given […]

Hello World

After reading Thomas Hanning’s article, “10 Reasons You Should Blog As A Developer,” I finally got the motivational push I needed to start my blog as a developer… with life, reflections, and my stumbling attempts to get my head around politics and policy thrown in too. (And probably the occasional dog 🐕.) One of the many things that making products has […]