Saying Goodbye to Vancouver

Rain in Gastown

18 years ago today, I loaded a bunch of stuff into the back of a Jeep Cherokee, picked my mother up at the house that I grew up in for most of my life and head west to Vancouver. I was 29. I had a job with an online lottery startup in Toronto that wasn’t going anywhere and my then girlfriend (soon to be wife) had a job in Vancouver. My mother and I arrived in Vancouver on Christmas day after three and a half days of driving. I highly recommend you take at least six days if you ever decide to to it.

18 years later, I’m sitting in Kelowna, where I moved a couple of years ago, getting read to head “back east” as the saying goes here. How we got here is an interesting story, though I won’t dig too deeply here. But there are some things that need to be said.

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On Chasing the Minimum Viable Product

I’ve spent the last couple of years working in an environment where the phrase minimum viable product (MVP) was tossed around a lot, mostly in order to push a launch date up. I’ll admit to some guilt: I actually introduced the concept when I introduced an Agile approach to getting things done, but the thing about building an MVP is that you need to be clear that you’re still meeting the needs of the business: it’s not just a random concept designed to let you shorten a deadline.

Properly used, it’s a real tactic for delivering a quality product. Improperly used, it’s a ticket to long term failure.

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