Summer Slam

Sir WinstonBeen a while since my last post, much afoot here in the ‘Mine.

Looking like we’ll be moving to general availability (GA) of the platform sometime this Fall, hopefully at a major technology showcase that will enable us to demo our wares :). We’ve spent the last couple of weeks trying to make sure our ducks were in a row with respect to the plan to get us there, and as usual it’s been a tough slog.

Any good planning process starts with a deep dive on the scope of the end-product, and that means hard choices among features, audiences, and even core platform components. With the caveat that being 20% wrong on these decisions is 10x better than not making them, I’m feeling very good about what we plan to take to market, and confident we’ve set ourselves up for success.

Now comes the hard part. Our whole team will need to be heads down through the summer in order for us to climb this hill, starting last week. It’s always amazing to watch the energy shift in a place, and the pitter-patter of fervent key clicks on this Monday morning stands in sharp contrast to the hallway chit chat of the last few weeks.

Our Director of Product Management changed his sig file while all this was underway, and it’s hard for me to top in terms of the insight-to-bits ratio. It says:

“It is of no use saying ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary” – Winston Churchill

Who am I to quibble with the savior of the western world?

Now back to work.


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