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  • Blog Post: Reduce Complexity, Cost, and Time

    I heard a beautiful nugget on the art of simplicity the other day.  It was about reducing complexity, cost, and time.  Or, to put it another way, it makes a great case for simplicity. Why focus on simplicity? To reduce complexity.  Why reduce complexity? It’s the key to reducing cost and...
  • Blog Post: Product Success Frame for High Customer Impact

    What proven practices have you seen are vital behaviors that significantly contribute to customer success? … That’s a common question I get, having spent the bulk of my time at Microsoft in patterns & practices.  In fact, that’s a question the Windows Azure team asked me last Summer, as a way...
  • Blog Post: Evaluation Criteria Example

    I often find myself sharing examples of evaluation criteria in the prescriptive guidance space.  Here are some examples of criteria from one of my favorite platform assessments: Best practice compliance . For a given analysis topic, to what degree did the platform permit implementation of best practices...
  • Blog Post: Customer-Connected Engineering (CCE)

    I’ve originally shared this in other places and other ways, but I’m consolidating here to make it easier to share a link.  As more teams ask me about Customer-Connected Engineering (CCE), it’s easier to just point them here for a quick overview. Customer Connected Engineering is a practice we’ve...
  • Blog Post: Developer Guidance IA at a Glance

    The Information Architecture (“IA”) for Microsoft Developer Guidance is a work in progress.  You can see a living instance of the IA at Microsoft Developer Guidance Maps .  The purpose of the IA is to simplify and improve the effectiveness of content for Microsoft developer guidance. ...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started, Solve-a-Problem, and Arch-and-Design

    This post is about creating an effective body of knowledge for helping developers succeed with your product.  When I try to size up a space in terms of technical documentation, best practices, and prescriptive guidance for a given domain, product, or technology, I use the following mental model...
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