Quick Thoughts – Ice Rage

When it comes to mobile gaming, I’m a firm believer in “less is more”. Simple controls, simple game mechanics, but deep in way of engagement. I like to see a low learning curve, coupled with gameplay that isn’t overly demanding. Trying to play a game on a mobile screen whilst limited to the touch screen…

iOS 7 – One Baffling Decision

With the launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, we saw the release of the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system in iOS 7. Many have heralded it as the biggest change in iOS yet, bringing a more modern look along with added functionality. Others, however, have called the change in appearance “cartoonish”…

Making Meetings Matter

Ah, the dreaded meeting. It appears on your calendar at the worst opportunity, a small package of time you had purposely put out of your mind, silently reminding yourself how many useful things you could be getting done instead. Or maybe this is a meeting you’ve called. Now the pressure is on to ensure that…

Defining Accountability For Your Team

Accountability is a very important word in the workplace. It conveys meaning, responsibility, attitude, and potential for both success and failure all at the same time. It is a cornerstone for ensuring that each individual team member takes their role in the product seriously, and grounding them so that they remain committed to success. Accountability…

The Spec Race

When it comes to our wonderful gadgets, there are two components that work together, and also compete with one another. Software and Hardware. Now, they of course exist in something of a symbiotic relationship. Hardware without software is little more than a fancy paperweight. Likewise, software without hardware is… well… a bunch of lines of…

The Missing Ingredient: Personal Investment

In games and application development, there is a never ending struggle between cost and quality. Every company and every team has analyzed what the best formula is to propel a product forward. Some companies will waffle between the two extremes: push for top notch quality above all else, and then after some internal change, push…

A Quick Thought on Freemium

In the mobile world, freemium products seem to have come out of nowhere and massively changed the way the business works. I’ve seen some products create massive success with this model, and I’ve seen spectacular failure as well. I’ve looked at the pitches, the business models, and the expectations of revenue generation from incredibly excited…