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The Release Will Complete on Monday

We held a quick meeting about what is left to release, and being the perfectionists we are, our whiteboard list is long enough that we moved our release. Now we are releasing on Monday, and that is absolutely reachable given our list. A few of you have asked about what has kept the release, so here is that list. You can see that we have nitpicked with text because it has to be absolutely perfect going out, and on Monday, it will be as such.

T Minus Two Days

Before I go to sleep, I wanted to say here how excited I am about tomorrow. Tomorrow is the last day we have to shift things around before we move PoP Project Standard to public beta. We have taken PoP Project from shrink wrap software built on the Eclipse Framework to a fresh, SaaS delivered, and beautiful project management website. Much has gone into PoP Project to shape it into what it is today. We have built into it our powerful convictions of how project management should be performed, how simple and non invasive it should be, and its exact role on a project.

You Think You Need It, You Know You Want It.

A few years back I had attended a sales related seminar. One of their key points was that your customer must have a pain that you should be able to address in trying to sell something to him.

Amazing SaaS Resources for Agile Companies

PoP Project is good with managing projects because that is solely what it does. I have picked other tools to do more specific functions PoP Project needs. For example, for an avatar for the user I had my team pull the image from http://gravatar.com which already does avatar management very well. There are so many such tools available for agile companies to bounce off of. Small tools that do small functions in a big way. Before you had to stand on the shoulders of giants to be big in the world. Now, you just need the support of a few small but good tools.

PoP Project is going Emo

We have been tossing around ideas for PoP Project's UI and one of the suggestions was a black based scheme. The inspiration was the iPhone, which is generally a good touchstone for UI redesign. I was fervently against a black based scheme because, well, Paradigm PoP is a white based scheme company! However, after much persuading and a few swings, I was convinced to mock up a black based version.

A New Kind of Awesome

The redesign of the Lifecycle Diagram is almost complete. I don't want to add screenshots until it is through a few test cycles, but I really like the way it has turned out so far. We have dumped the 'whiteboard and stickies' approach for a more abstract but easier to understand and use model. It now feels more like a Gantt chart at first, but as a plan it is very very cool.

Play it Again Sam, Or the Correct Way to Design UI

PoP Project is a tool bred to be simple. When the first UI was conceived, it was simple. Yet we found ways to make it simpler. Then when this redone UI was simple we scrutinized it again to make it even simpler. We played the tune of simple several times on PoP Project, and every time we were very pleased with the results. Our private betas were very happy with how simple our tool felt, and each redux made them happier. However, they understood the game and now are in league with our efforts to make our tool simple.

This is how great UI is born.

Why does HDFC suck so much?

I am setting up my Net Banking with HDFC, which is the bank I use when I am in India. In general, Indian sites suck, and HDFC is no exception. I have not registered my account yet, and already I have found two things that have turned me paranoid about the integrity of the site. Hence, I am liveblogging my experience as I continue through this endeavor. HDFC, this entry is a very valuable resource for you. I would love it if one of my customers gave me a play by play on PoP Circle or PoP Project.

Themes in Google Apps Mail!

Paradigm PoP mail is accessed using Google App's mail interface. One disadvantage of this has been that we have not been able to theme the email access well. When we were about to start using Greasemonkey to make it feel like a Paradigm PoP environment, I log in to find that Google has enabled themes on Google Apps!

(By the way, this is probably not their April fool's joke, which was http://mail.google.com/mail/help/autopilot/index.html)

Seth Rogen, Guy Ritchie, and Branded Movies

If you liked Snatch, you will like Lock Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (http://www.hulu.com/watch/47042/lock-stock-and-two-smoking-barrels). This will also work in reverse. The two movies have almost the same cast, a plot line that follows the same "what if the British good guy got away with the money in", and the same essence (not to mention that both are directed by Guy Ritchie).

If you liked Knocked Up, check out Superbad, Fanboys, and Pineapple Express. Similar cast, similar comedy.