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Author: bereal

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Product Conference from Blablacar VP Product

If you have 40 minutes to spare to learn more on how to “fight complexity”, I would advice to watch the conference from Rémi Guyot (VP Product) at the family conference:

Otherwise If you just want the key points to remember, here is my notes:

  • keep it simple stupid is not a good thing, keep it simple is a way not to acknowledge that things are complex. accept the situation because things are complex from the start
  • if someone talked about the corner case, forget about it, and focus on the main use case
  • you need to develop complexities antibodies, Be a fanatic focus because the more you add to the roadmap the less are going to be done
  • the two list priority method by Warren Buffet:
    • list your top 10 goals, the things you want to accomplish
    • pick the 3 most important one out of this first list

you will end up with 2 lists, one with the 3 main goals (the company priorities) and the second list with all the other very important goals. Usually the second one, is called the secondaries priorities list. Instead for Warren buffet those items are the one you should avoid at all cost

Being a fanatic focus is to make sure that we avoid working on the second list item.

when someone comes with something not prioritise you can say “yes, it is important and we have decided not to focus on it for now.” (polite version of no)

If you want to rank your company in term of priorities maturity
level 0 = No priorities
Level 1 = Clear priorities
Level 2 = Level 1 + everyone knows priorities by heart
Level 3 = Level 2 + No one works on other topics.


when screens are too cluttered here is the blablacar method. The idea is how we can avoid to add extra things into the interface.

Introduce the HORSE framework to simplify things:

ABSCENCE TESTING is testing the absence of something. Usually no one ever say that something is useless so it is important to test a version of the interface without the feature. If no one complain about it, it means it wasn’t really useful after all

Simplify till it hurts

Video Montage for newbies

Ok if you are on a Mac the question is fairly easy, just go with imovie, which is by far the easiest and powerful tool to get a decent video ready in a short period of time.

On Windows, because I do switch often between system I would advice you strongly to try out VSDC. Even though it seems to have a paid version, the free one is full of features packed in a decent interface.

Otherwhise I love Premiere Rush. Adobe took the basic for youtubers and video wannabe alike to make a powerful and straitgthforward tool for newbies and savvy alike.


Resources for the web creator

100 tools to launch and grow your start-up.

This is an impressive list of resources to create things online. The title talk about start-up but honestly if you are just looking for resources to create stuff online this will be helpful at some point!

Create banners online

If you want to create banners quickly with absolutly zero creative knowledge. You can try out https://pablo.buffer.com/. There are a lot less options than on canva.com so it makes it easier to create.

Templates for UX tools

I haven’t tested out but the promise it to help you create UX assets like interview materials, persona, sitemaps etc. Give it a try!

Mobile journalism

Are you willing to do video reports with your smartphone. The website will give you plenty of informations on where to start and how to do it!

Réparer une guitar Hero

Si comme moi vous jouez toujours à Guitar Hero, il arrive toujours un moment ou le switch tombe en rade à force de tapoter le mediator. Il y a en ligne des articles qui vous explique comment dé-souder et changer le switch.  Néanmoins si votre capacité à utiliser le switch haut et bas en jeu est nulle, vous pouvez-également simplement retourner le switch. En effet le switch haut étant peu utiliser il pourra gaillardement continuer à fonctionner sans avoir à modifier quoi que ce soit. 

Au départ je voulais utilisé le module de ma guitare pour PC pour le remplacer sur la guitare pour Xbox 360, mais malheureusement les connectiques sont différentes.

Voyage au Pérou / Bolivie

Si jamais vous partez au Pérou, je vous invite à acheter le guide Tao du même nom. Il est disponible en version papier ou numérique. Cette collection propose des activités et lieux alternatifs et au maximum “responsables”. Cela permettra de vous éviter les lieux les plus populaires décrits dans le lonely planet et le guide du routard. 

Surtout cela permet aussi de participer à l’économie locale, en logeant dans des associations par exemple.

Un peu de promotion pour ces associations locales : Qosqo Maki. Cette association en centre ville de Cusco soutient les jeunes des quartiers en proposant un logement à ceux qui habitent dans les rues, et participent à la formation des jeunes. Ils ont également une boulangerie et d’autres activités qui permettent de favoriser le développement économique. La nuit est à un prix dérisoire (60 sols la nuit pour une chambre double).