Cause I Can't wait Until Thursday: Wayback Wednesday - If your product is GREAT it doesn't NEED to be GOOD

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I just rediscovered this post  that i've had bookmarked for years about that you don't need to have add ons and extra shit...pick the critical three things you want to get right and do them great....paul buchheit explains it so well using the iPad as an example.... here are some of my favorite parts of this article: 

"The most famous iPod review was from Slashdot, which simply declared, "No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame." The iPad reviews are similar in that they focus on the "missing" features. Those missing features are typically available in a variety of unsuccessful competing products, which leads people to erroneously conclude that a successful product would necessarily have even more features!
 

I believe this "more features = better" mindset is at the root of the misjudgment, and is also the reason why so many otherwise smart people are bad at product design (e.g. most open source projects)."

YES! ....AND...

"What's the right approach to new products? Pick three key attributes or features, get those things very, very right, and then forget about everything else. Those three attributes define the fundamental essence and value of the product -- the rest is noise. For example, the original iPod was: 1) small enough to fit in your pocket, 2) had enough storage to hold many hours of music and 3) easy to sync with your Mac (most hardware companies can't make software, so I bet the others got this wrong). That's it -- no wireless, no ability to edit playlists on the device, no support for Ogg -- nothing but the essentials, well executed."

I kind of wonder if google has lost this...it feels like they're trying to get into everything and they're losing their sense of "getting the critical few very right" It is very hard for a software company to become a hardware company...and now an automotive company huh? - Is google losing their way as they try to grow beyond being an ad business?

Here is the full article for your viewing pleasure: http://paulbuchheit.blogspot.com/2010/02/if-your-product-is-great-it-doesnt-need.html