Review of Projects and Crystal Clear Methodology

It has been 5 years since I started to set up the new branch of NB office, and I think it is probably a good time for the review of works now.

In the last 5 years, the size of NB office expanded from 1 single staff (me) to a total of 18 now, with 13 engineers, 3 testers and 1 PM. And the project size changes from internal and toy projects to the big ones of theme parks, banks, and government.

In total we have worked on 43 projects, among of which 8 projects did not get a happy ending at the end. Most of them still get released. Yet they were not released in the best shape, and the customer was not most happy about that. Sometimes it is due to the budget problem, and sometimes it’s because the immature execution or wrong choice of technology.

Like many other things in the world, the success of a project need coexist of a lot of different factors, yet it only needs one single factor to fail the entire project.

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Simple Gmail Notes – Firefox Addon

One week after the Chrome extension of simple gmail notes was released, I started to plan on porting of extension to Firefox.

There are 2 major incentives for this porting:

  1. I spent quite a lot of effort to work out the google API for the extension. Most of them are just RESTful HTTP API, which are supposed to work with Firefox extension right alway.
  2. During the implementation of Google extension, I tried to get way from most Chrome specific API (e.g. chrome sync). So theoretically most code should work with Firefox extension.

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