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    The importance of setting context as a product leader

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Jan 27, 2023 at 8:11 AM
    I enjoyed David Pereira’s breakdown of The Three Phases of Product Managers—and not just because he got me with his jazz reference. The third phase:

    A Product Manager acting as a Jazz Player will set the context, and team members will build upon it. They relentlessly search for opportunities to create something innovative and outstanding. This scenario is more or less like the following: Context: Product Managers bring the proper context to the team. Goal, audience, value...

    An Apple Search Engine? – Whiteboard Friday

    Jan 26, 2023 at 10:02 PM
    Happy Friday, Moz fans! In today's Whiteboard Friday episode, Tom digs into his research on Apple’s moves in search, specifically their recent launch of what he believes is a search engine, how it works, and how they could possibly hope to compete with Google in the future.

    Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription

    Howdy, Moz...

    Stray Links for January 26, 2023

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Jan 26, 2023 at 6:23 AM
    Surreal Animal Mashups by Ingo Lindmeier. This one lives up to the title. Interesting research on Time Savings When Working from Home and what we’re spending that extra time on. It’s mostly for more work! “The average daily time savings when working from home is 72 minutes in our sample. […] Workers allocate 40 percent of their time savings to their jobs and about 11 percent to caregiving activities.” See also: Why 2023 Could Finally Be the Year of the 4-Day Workweek. “Among the reporting...

    Engineering maturity models and the importance of a strong foundation above all else

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Jan 25, 2023 at 7:31 PM
    In his article Engineering Maturity Model Mike Fisher shares how he thinks about the importance of different team capabilities when building software organizations. Despite how some maturity models—such as the Capability Maturity Model (CMM)—have been misused in the past, Mike encourages us to look past the process and focus on the principles. Here’s the important part:

    [The layers] aren’t stages in that you’re never really finished with any of them but you do need to have the ones at...

    DOJ Sues Google Again To Break Up Its Ad Business Over Monopolistic Actions

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    by rustybrick
    Jan 25, 2023 at 4:51 AM
    The big news out of yesterday was that the US Department of Justice and several states has once again sued Google calling for the breakup of its ad tech business that allegedly monopolizes the US ad market. Google of course does not agree with this action.

    Distractions, monk productivity, and the importance of “between-time”

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Jan 24, 2023 at 7:08 AM
    Sometimes the internet seems to think about the same things at the same time. Last week we were all in on meetings (see here, here, here, and here), and this week we’re all talking about distractions. Here are three excellent articles about this topic that all came across my feeds this week.

    First, there is a new interview with the father of deep work, Cal Newport (NYT gift article link). He talks about context switching and “slow productivity”—and it’s really good:

    I’m trying to...

    Google Ads Outages Impacting Many Advertisers

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    by rustybrick
    Jan 23, 2023 at 8:07 AM
    Google has confirmed outages across the Google Ads network, including Google Ads for Search, Google Ads for other surfaces and many of the Google Ads management projects, like Search Ads 360, Display and Video 360 and Campaign Manager 360.

    The Google Layoffs Are Sad For Many But The Fear May Be Worse

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    by rustybrick
    Jan 23, 2023 at 4:21 AM
    As many of you know by now, Google announced mass layoffs due to "difficult economic cycles." Those Googlers in the US were already informed by Friday morning if they had a job at Google or if they were no longer employed. Googlers outside of the US are not going to find out for a month or so if they were part of these layoffs.

    The one thing missing from UX today? Hope

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Jan 22, 2023 at 5:23 PM
    This is a wonderful essay by Vivianne Castillo that encourages designers to hold fast to the belief that things could be better for users—and for themselves. From The one thing missing from UX today? Hope:

    Today, it’s clear that many designers are feeling overwhelmed, disillusioned, and even unsafe within their organizations—and design leaders are recognizing that conversations around burnout and stress aren’t quite cutting it. I’ve found a deep sense of comfort in the words of...

    Stray Links for January 22, 2023

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:16 AM
    Every few days I post some links to things I enjoyed that don’t neatly fit into the topics I usually cover on this blog. Use it to fill your reading queue with interesting stuff.

    The Most Ridiculous and Weird Tech Gadgets From the Last 25 Years. “The Hushme was a ‘voice mask’ intended to let you make phone calls without bothering anyone.” Between-time by Mandy Brown. “We live in a world full of distractions but short on breaks. The time between activities is consumed by other...