Essays on the science (and art)
of product management

Note: I abbreviate it PdMhere's why.

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I am Glen Ford, and I'm a software product manager in Austin, Texas. This site is where I work out ideas, share my passion for this difficult craft, and exercise my writing chops.

Because I'm crazy and decided to build my own CMS on Google App Engine (for fun?), this also lets me keep in shape as a programmer in Python, Google's NoSQL datastore, and of course the client-side HTML/CSS/JavaScript stack.

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"When you stop feeling like a startup, you should start to worry."

Bob Metcalfe

"We should take refuge in the fact that very crude systems can accomplish an awful lot. Elegant capabilities are nice, but often unnecessary."

George C. Devol

"If you're doing something 'clever,' you're probably doing it wrong."

Ross Snyder, Etsy

"The teams at Bell Labs that invented the laser, transistor and solar cell were not seeking profits. They were seeking understanding. Yet in the process they created not only new products but entirely new—and lucrative—industries."

"There is definitely a split between people who design primarily from horse sense, from instinct, and then let the spreadsheets fill in the blanks. And then there are the people who start with the spreadsheets."

"When judging the relative merits of programming languages, some still seem to equate 'the ease of programming' with the ease of making undetected mistakes."

Edsger W. Dijkstra

"The computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention—with the possible exception of handguns and tequila."

Mitch Ratcliffe

"Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter."

Nikola Tesla

"A computer program does what you tell it to do, not what you want it to do."

Greer's Third Law

"Profanity is the one language understood by all programmers."

from Troutman's Postulates