Time for An Upgrade


Welcome. Bruchim Ha’bayim, as they say where I come from. I am charged with developing Moses 2.0. What is that? I hear you ask. Well I’ll tell you….

A computer program is a set of instructions that are followed by a machine in order to make it exhibit a specific set of behaviors or perform specific functions. Once any 1.0 program has been in use for a while it is a good idea to review the functionality; what works, what doesn’t, what should be dropped, what should be enhanced and what should be added. It’s best to talk with the user base and understand why they use the program and what they would like to see different in it.

Well here’s the thing: Moses 1.0 – best known as the "5 Books of Moses" – are a set of instructions that are followed by the machine we call society. These instructions are meant to cause that machine to exhibit a set of desirable behaviors and functions. Now, Moses 1.0 has been around for a while and no one is even sure who the original developers were. Some believe it was the group that now does voting machines, Good Old Diebold (GOD for short). Others think it was just a group of hackers.

We do know that usage is dropping off. If we want to reinvigorate the market and position ourselves to get bought by Google, we are going to have to take a good, close look at what is going on. We need to ask: what will make the product more appealing to today’s more sophisticated user base? While we are at it, we can re-engineer for the new hardware standards. We can assume ubiquitous adoption of broadband and plumbing, always connected devises, and of course refrigerators.

As product manager for the Moses 2.0 project, I am charged with writing the business requirements, functional specifications and some of the high level use cases for the project. We will do a complete competitive analysis with some of the main competition such as, the Mohamed beta (it’s been out there for a while but it still seems to be a little buggy), Buddhism Version 62.3 (these guys really know how to re-invent their system to be appealing to their users) and, of course, Jesus 2.0 (it’s amazing how they resurrected that one after we all thought it was dead).

It’s vital that you, the user base, let me know what you think. What features do you use a lot? Which ones do you think are just old and boring? Are there features that you’ve seen in other systems that you think we should add?

Give me your feedback and I’ll send you drafts of sections of the project docs as I develop them.

I look forward to working with you.