Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Product & Organizational Smells

'Code smells' is a familiar term to software engineers. It's very similar to the expression: 'where there's smoke, there's fire'. The difference between the two is that in the 'smoke' case, it's obvious something is wrong. Smells are different. Smells are subtle and generally unnoticed; often, they are even disguised as as 'best practices' which is why they can be so dangerous. Product and organizations have smells as well and they need to be identified.

The goal of this series is to make us think about how things can be different and realize that everything can be better.The smells featured her are not zero sum. Every product and organization is different. It's up to you to use your own judgement and creativity to realize if something actually is a smell, a necessary evil or actually works for your product and team.

So, without further ado: I introduce Product & Organizational Smells.
  1. Your Product Has No Curator