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Episode 37: David Hirschfeld On Exposing Hidden Requirements & Software Product Lifecycles


Highlights From This Episode…

  • Knowledge of industry is a good indicator of potential success. Knowing the end customer and distribution channels is important.Knowing the market is not so important – that will be learned through the development process.
  • The Business Canvas is a 9 step process that can help determine the initial features of an app should be.
  • Creating functional prototypes that really represent the finished product (as opposed to wireframes) before writing any code, always exposes new requirements that are less expensive to implement in a prototype than finished code.
  • Other benefits of the prototype includes having a clear description for the developers and a working demo to show potential customers.
  • When planning a software product, make sure there is a budget for development of future versions based on user feedback from the initial version.
  • Software products are never done because if you stop developing and marketing, customers and revenue will fall off.
  • When choosing technologies, consider how data is stored and related, if scalability is important  (it’s probably not).

Mentioned In This Episode…

Texas Instruments, Allied Signal, Intel, Motorola, Tekyz, Zapier, Google Sheets, https://leanstack.com/leancanvas/https://www.axure.com, SQL, node.js. Redis, ElasticSearch, Mimo Monitors, Android, iOS, React Native, npm,  

Episode 35: AJ Thompson On The Pains & Joys Of Learning Modern Programming

I met AJ Thompson from the LearnAVProgramming.com website. He enrolled in a bunch of courses over the past few years and we recently exchanged some emails where he told me about some interesting solutions he is working on.

He tells us about what it takes to move from traditional AV programming to modern software tools and more importantly – why you would want to.

Mentioned In This Episode…

Crestron, AMX, Extron, NodeRED, Udemy, Academind, Mosh, Digital Resources 

Episode 15: Dave Schoenbeck on Masterminds, Customer Surveys and Understanding Your Financials

Dave Schoenbeck has a long history in managing and operating retail stores like Toys R Us and is one of the founders of Babies R Us where he served as senior VP of operations for 10 years. So what does that have to do with software? For more than a decade he’s been helping business owners in AV and beyond reach their goals as an executive coach.

When I started this podcast, I did not realise how much shifting to software defined systems affects the business models. But the words ”as a service” keep coming up, so I am really excited to learn a lot today from Dave Schoenbeck.

Episode 11: Lee Rivers On Managing The Risk Of Business, Strategic Alliances And Controlling Your Own Destiny

Lee Rivers talks about how programmers can guarantee AV project success by working directly with
consultants and end users.

Episode 9: Steve Greenblatt on Consumerism, Playing The Long Game And Why AV Programmers Need To Keep Learning

Steve Greenblatt is probably least known for being one of my former employers. His AV career began by spending a few years working as a Systems Engineer for Crestron, then he went on to found what was probably one of the first Independent AV Programming companies, Control Concepts. With over 21 years in business, Control Concepts is one of the longest running AV programming business out there. He is also host of AVNation’s A State Of Control.

Episode 8: Micha Van Der Stoop on The Opportunity In AV, Compression vs. Bandwidth and Moving To The Cloud

Micha Van Der Stoop started his career at Cisco where he was involved with everything from designing and implementing their internal office networks to business development for Cisco’s Proof Of Concept Lab.

He also he worked at Shell Global Solutions where he was responsible for the global Reference Architecture and Solutions designs for AV, collaboration and CCTV.

He is currently Managing director at IDM Solutions, a Consulting & Design firm in the Netherlands.

Episode 7: Erik Calissendorff On Life As A Mega Yacht ETO, And Outdated Control Systems

Erik Calissendorff has spent most of his career working on some of the largest mega yachts in the world. He also spent some time working as a software developer for a data analytics company called Tibco Spotfire. And I’m guessing that while he was working as an ETO, he had some ideas and eventually decided to execute on them and develop Plejd. Plejd is a control system for entertainment and comfort systems, lighting, shades and heat and things like that.

If you go to the https://www.plejd.com, it looks like a simple lighting system, but I know from speaking with some of my contacts in the yachting industry that it is much more than that.

Episode 6: Wes Hatchett & Nick Melin on Open Source, User Stories and Rising Above The Box

We have two guests on the show today, Wes Hatchett CEO and Nick Melin, VP of Customer Success at Control Envy. Both experienced in the world of AV and software. Along with a great team, they’ve taken that experience to form Control Envy.

Control Envy is an automation, control and monitoring platform that takes a software first approach to provide custom solutions that are gorgeous and full of insights and data.

Control Envy runs on many platforms and ticks all the boxes of being a software defined solution.