Saturday, April 16, 2016

Aplia Values


It's been a couple of years since I retired from Aplia. Before I forget, here's some of the values that helped make Aplia a great place to work.

Hire people that are smart and nice.
    They can learn everything else.

Get to know your users.
    Figure out what would make life better for them.

Design the best product for students and instructors.
    Everything else (sales, profits, ..) will follow.

Keep the design simple.
    White pixels are free!

Build a little. Test it with users.
    Then build some more. Then test it again.

Measure it. Fix it.
    Then measure again to see if you fixed it.

Give bugs top priority.
    Don’t build more if you have bugs.

Avoid add options for this and that.
    Add an option, go to jail.

1 comment:

  1. Nice, Rick!
    Here's a list of things I remember as banners posted on our walls in the old Aplia office (plus one or two of my own). These overlap your values above and add some more. I still train new engineers with these mantras at Aplia today!

    What problem are you trying to solve?
    What can I do to help?
    We're all in support.
    Under Promise, Over Deliver.
    Measure and Analyze.
    Try and Revise.
    Clean as you go.