Onboarding Process

Good read on onboarding process, how to do one and insights into if you should do one. My $0.02 is that as soon as you move past the one pizza box team size it is worthwhile to invest and maintain one.

Chris

Android vs iOS app development

Great article detailing experience developing Android and iOS development.

Some choice nuggets:
- Building and releasing on Android costs 2-3x more than iOS
- Android has less sophisticated tools and more cumbersome APIs.
- By building for two years’ worth of Android (as we did originally with 4.0+), you’ll support about 40 percent of the U.S. smartphone install base. Removing 4.0-4.1 support leaves you with one year’s worth of OS compatibility, and that number drops to 12.5 percent.

Outdated UX Patterns

Great article on some outdated UX Patterns. I don’t know if I agree with the Lightbox/Modal as an old pattern but not done right the points and alternatives are definitely valid. Its also worth calling out this great quote,
“Carousels exist to keep people from beating the shit out of each other in meetings.” — Brad Frost

Patterns to watch out for

Patterns to be aware of in execution across teams

A-Synch Ad Tags

Here’s a great article detailing the problem with synchronous ad loading. Looking at this description of how ad impressions are counted It would seem this approach could have an effect on impressions in the case where hits are recorded when the loading of assets in the ads. If you optimize your page so the time to load the page is minimal the you can get the content to your users quickly as the ads load and load the assets asynchronously so users see content much faster and just a big later.

The IAB even has a document out detailing best practices in A-Sych Ad Tech but it was written in ’08 and doesn’t mention using the approach Krug’s article mentions.

Great Article on Github Workflow on Your Team

Here is a good clear workflow to use for using github with your teams

Gaming Com Score

Interesting article on a person gaming com score and getting punished for it. Readers also benefit from more insight into how com score and other services work their numbers.

BoF Article on R29

Bof talks R29.

History of Refinery29

Great Article from Business Insider on the origins of Refinery29.

Product Management in an Agile Environment

Cagan’s got some great insights into product management in an agile environment