Why Yet Another Object Store ?
We didn’t think we needed one, either. But CEPH, Swift, CleverSafe, RIAK CS and numerous other object stores failed to meet the extraordinary requirements of cable television quality video-on-demand
Specs For High Definition Video On Demand for 22 M subscribers
||50 nano sec
||The Lower The Better
||Higher is better. But not useful beyond a point
||12 Tera bits / sec
||Ever increasing demand. Never enough!
See the sidebar for an analogy that explains those specs
A No-Frills, Multi-site, High Performance, Easy To Manage Elastic Storage for Video
No-frills was key. Experience showed that more features and frills made solutions complicated and buggy, often making them unusable
Continue reading “Quik – An Elastic Object Store For Video”
A good product manager is responsible for many things
- Life-cycle Management
- Most of all, HE IS A LEADER
- Adamant but not Authoritarion
Continue reading “Product Manager, Not King”
Is the advantage you are claiming useful to the customer ? Does it solve a real problem ?
How is what you are doing any different from the 3000 other guys who are doing the same thing ?
If you are successful, what stops other people from copying your idea and crushing you like the cockroaches that your are ! (thanks Mr Wonderful!)
Continue reading “Competitive Advantage”
In a previous article, I extolled the virtues of Cloud TV, which could bring a rich experience to just about any set-top box today. It could save billions in cost to cable companies. Cable customers would wake up one day (or come home) to see an awesome new user interface without even requesting it. How wonderful is that ?! Not really …
Continue reading “Step aside Cloud TV, X1 is here”
Specs: 22 M subs, 12 Tbps @ peak, 10 ms max jitter, 20 ms to first byte
Product Vision & Solution
Low Cost, Short Time To Market
Solution: COTS hardware running open-source software
Continue reading “CDN For High Definition Video”
You are over simplifying
No. You can be more creative
As an agile product manager, I hear this most from architects and engineers. They seek problems that challenge them. They are thorough thinkers, who think of every possible way a product can be used. They make things sophisticated. This often causes schedules to slip, increases execution risk and projects to run away!
As one architect told me “SIMPLE IS HARD“. So engineers CAN get satisfaction finding simple solutions to complex problems
That will never work …
Its a loosing argument. Anything can be made to work. But at what cost ? How good will it be ? Focus on those characteristics rather than saying the competition’s product will never work
Read the fine manual …
You need tact, patience and a strategy to open this person up to discussion
He projects the image on an Oracle, while in reality can be wrong at critical times. He likely is very knowledgeable in some domains and often well respected. But he certainly doesn’t think out of the box.
When dealing with someone who says RTFM, make sure you have done your homework. Find a time when that person is not preoccupied and start the conversation with a complement, followed by “the manual says …. but …”
I knew of one such gentleman. He was a friend and a fellow pilot. One day, I was flying right seat as a safety pilot, while he Continue reading “When You Hear …”
- Your strategy is a jigsaw puzzle, and people are puzzle pieces
- Like puzzle pieces, every member must be compatible with her adjacent teammates
- The team must buy into the strategy. After all, they have to execute on it
- Tweaking your strategy to suit your team is far easier and quicker than hiring and firing
What matters is how the team performs as a whole. Start by understanding that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts Continue reading “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Team”
We eliminated development and maintenance cost of music video programming software by replacing it with a powerful spreadsheet
Continue reading “Spreadsheets instead of code”