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Mark Pavlidis - Making Magical Tools is not Magical

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Challenging conventional methods, Mark will present a framework you can use to minimize process and how to consistently level-up your product. This product - not project - management approach to building Flixel’s apps has been critical for development decision making and focus. It has lead to partnerships with ANTM, Adobe, and Facebook, and an Apple Design Award for Cinemagraph Pro for Mac.

Mark is the Co-founder and CTO of Flixel, makers of the award winning Cinemagraph Pro. He holds a B.Eng & Mgmt. and M.A.Sc. in Software Engineering from McMaster University. Part way through his Ph.D. work on symbolic timing analysis of safety critical real-time systems he took a “short” leave to build the first versions of the Shortcovers (now Kobo) ebook reader for iPhone. Eight years later, Mark has lead and developed over 20 apps for several clients and startups.

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Mark Pavlidis - Making Magical Tools is not Magical

  1. 1. Behind The Curtain Making Magical Tools Is Not Magic Mark H. Pavlidis @mhp mhp@flixel.com 2016-05-30 DevTO
  2. 2. Motivation
  3. 3. A Brief History
  4. 4. –Arthur C. Clarke “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”
  5. 5. Product Management @ Flixel
  6. 6. Focus Flexible Sustainable
  7. 7. Not Project Management
  8. 8. Autonomy Mastery Purpose
  9. 9. Focus
  10. 10. Products are Puzzles
  11. 11. Unknown Unknowns
  12. 12. Design For Change
  13. 13. Stress CurvePerformance Pressure Lazy Burnout Uncomfortable Fatigue
  14. 14. Everything is a Tradeoff
  15. 15. Brainstorming
  16. 16. How To Make Choices
  17. 17. Socratic Method
  18. 18. Luck = Preparation ⋂ Opportunity
  19. 19. Summary • No Silver Bullet • Everything is a Tradeoff • Products are ultra marathons • Focus - Flexible - Sustainable
  20. 20. Essential Reading • Drive, Daniel Pink • Making Ideas Happen, Scott Belsky • The Essential Drucker, Peter Drucker • Mythical Man Month, Fred Brooks • Getting Real, Fried, Hansson, Lindemann
  21. 21. Cinemagraphs By • Alexandre Miguel - flixel.com/ixhumni • John Tweddell - flixel.com/emsworthboy • Jason Teale - flixel.com/JTeale • Brian Babineau - flixel.com/brianbabineau • Peter Chou - flixel.com/flashbulb/ • Me - flixel.com/mhp
  22. 22. Behind The Curtain Making Magical Tools Is Not Magic Mark H. Pavlidis @mhp mhp@flixel.com 2016-05-30 DevTO

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