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Devonomics Episode 3: Diana Kumar from Tableau Software

In this episode, we talk with Diana Kumar, Director of Release and Customer Feedback at Tableau Software. We already knew that Tableau was renowned for their innovative data visualizations for massive amounts of data. What we didn't know is that despite being a market...

Devonomics Episode 2: Eric Brechner from Microsoft XBox Engineering

Eric Brechner (a.k.a. "I.M. Wright") is our guest on this episode. Eric is a director of engineering for XBox at Microsoft and discusses with us engineering systems and how to wow customers who are internal to your company. He also talks about leadership, team culture...

Devonomics Episode 1: Engineers Talking to Customers

Listen to the first episode of our podcast where Drew Fletcher and Austina De Bonte encourage product design and engineering leaders to have their engineers and developers talk directly to customers, then empower them to also make design decisions, creating a more...

The Math of Innovation

If you remember back to your math classes in college, it turns out that setting yourself up to create blends of ideas is particularly important for innovation - in terms of finding mathematically optimal solutions to complex problems. Sound crazy? Let me start at the...

Failure: A Great Option?

Here’s a secret they probably didn’t tell you in engineering school: failure is okay. As a matter of fact, failure is more than okay when you’re doing it with a purpose, to learn.

Safety in Numbers

To hijack the title from a movie from 1963, anyone involved in building products or services today, especially Software as a Service (SaaS) apps, live in a mad, mad, mad, mad world. SaaS projects are all about time-to-market because there is a perceived first-mover...

Not Speaking Up and Barbara Streisand

Are you enabling everyone on the team to be able to bring customer data to the table that says “we need to address this?” Does everyone on the team have the ability to call B.S. (Barbara Streisand) on something that is not right for the customer?

Desirability Matters

The computer industry has matured quite a bit over the past few decades, and these days customers are demanding an ever-higher degree of sophistication, personalization, and polish. Customers are much more savvy and have had a taste of what truly outstanding solutions...