Full Stack Radio

A podcast for developers interested in building great software products. Hosted by Adam Wathan.

101: Ben Orenstein - How to Build an App in a Week

In this episode Adam talks to Ben Orenstein about the common mistakes people make when working on a new project that prevent them from getting it to the finish line.

Topics include:

  • Why deadlines are critical
  • Using manual processes to avoid building features entirely
  • How launching a stripped down version of your idea can help you build the right thing
  • Recognizing when you don't need to solve a problem yet
  • Why you shouldn't design your entire UI up front
  • How evolutionary design applies to both code and interface design
  • Why you should always finish a feature before starting the next one
  • Applying this approach to Ben's current project Tuple


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