Ryan Leatherbury

Business. Tech. Life

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5 Must-Read Books on Building Great Products

by Product development is 1 part learning good habits and 1 part breaking bad ones. I cringe thinking back to the days of writing a 100-page product requirements document and throwing it over the wall to the development team. Long business plan documents based on rosy assumptions. Thick product specs. No customer demos until the…

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7 Ways to Stop Search Engines from Limiting Your Thoughts

by Never juggle dynamite. It’s a safe bet there’s little argument there. And if you do a web search, you’d probably not find one. But what about areas where there are lots of competing points of view  like politics, economics and theoretical science? Or management style, technology choice, nutrition or fitness. Of course every publication,…

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How a Giraffe Mastered Audience Engagement

by Over the break, our family visited a massive Christmas light show, and the only thing more impressive than 3.8M synchronized lights was an act by a mechanical giraffe and tortoise. Aside from being entertaining, they were a textbook example of how to engage an audience. The same rules apply if you’re putting on a…

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10 Things Non-CEOs Can Learn from The CEO Tightrope by Joel Trammell

by Joel Trammell’s CEO Tightrope is an excellent book written by a CEO for CEOs. But you don’t have to be a CEO to take away some very important lessons about business and leadership. His insights are squarely aimed at other CEOs in tough roles where there is no formal job description, no instruction manual…

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The Business Lesson of Jake Shimabukuro’s Ukulele

by When I bought my first real acoustic-electric guitar, I convinced myself only one with a cutaway would do. Cutaways allow you easier access to the high frets beyond the 12th. Of course, I was far from mastering the first 12. Enter a guy like Jake Shimabukuro who has pushed the ukulele, a four stringed…

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Does Technology Centralize or Decentralize Money and Power?

by One of the things I think about a lot is how different technologies tend to centralize or decentralize money, power and political influence. Back in the middle ages, castles were a decentralizing technology because they were tough to defeat at least until canons came along. Artillery was very centralizing because it made it easier…

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INFOGRAPHIC: An Intro to Prioritizing Software Features

by There are many ways to rank software features that range from relative prioritization to more specific valuation methods. The key is aligning the value model of the product to the strategic goals of the company . This intro example is based on a simple weighted method that could be further broken out and re-ranked…

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Putting Style above Function

by My little girl loves to take pens from my desk and leave me scrounging for whatever odd pen or pencil that I can find. The other day, I managed to find one pushed way back in a drawer that she missed. Not long after starting to write with it, the pen inadvertently snapped shut….

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Why Write?

by That’s a really good question I’ve kicked around for a while. What is the point of blogging, especially if you don’t follow the usual advice of focusing on a very specific niche? I really do think it’s great advice to pick a very specific subject, think up 50 article titles and be the best…

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