Keep the sharp edges!

Creating Passionate Users has some interesting thoughts on teams and greatness.

'Great software isn't created by committee.' That quote came from James Gosling, at the developer 'fireside chat' at the last JavaOne. And from Applied Minds tech wizard Bran Ferren, 'Art isn't the product of a team.' Is this true?

First, I don't believe James was necessarily talking about the functionality and code when he said 'great software'. Clearly, teams of great programmers can produce great code. I think he means the kind of breakthrough apps that people can become passionate about, and I also think it's less about the programming and more about the design and spec.

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Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson was a founding instructor at Pragmatic Institute, a role he held for more than 15 years before he left to start Under10 Playbook. In his return to Pragmatic Institute, Steve supports the complete learning path for product teams, ensuring they are fully armed for success. 

Over the course of his career, Steve has helped thousands of companies and tens of thousands of product professionals implement product management processes. He has worked in the high-tech arena since 1981, rising through the ranks from product manager to chief marketing officer. Steve has experience in technical, sales and marketing management positions at companies that specialize in both hardware and software. In addition, he is an author, speaker and advisor on product strategy and product management.

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