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Couldn’t agree more.
The problem would be: What is the important core feature that “sellable”?
@Jim: Ask your customers? Directly or by proxy.
The phrase “Less is more” is often associated with Mies Van Der Rohe, the master architect known for his minimalist style. The phrase was first coined in an 1855 poem known as “The Faultless Painter,” by Robert Browning about the renaissance painter Andrea Del Sarto. The idea of doing less (but being better) is a prominent theme in the books Rework and Getting Real and one of the important tenets at Basecamp.
I’m a long time Basecamp user but there was a time I briefly tried one of the competitors because I felt like some extra features would make things easier. They were marketing themselves basically as Basecamp on steroid with more features, so I moved all my clients to that system.
I was so wrong! All my clients were fairly quick to let me know about that as well. None of the additional features I thought would help them mattered to them. They hated increased complexity and they all begged me to move them back to Basecamp. So I did. All have been well since then, and stuff is getting done.
Basecamp just works. It gets all the basics right. That’s what matters, I think.
To complement your picture, here is the reality of making products in big companies:
Couldn’t agree more!
I like to draw cities and little people. I am a regular contributor to Basecamp as an illustrator and an artist. I have pitched in since Basecamp was Spinfree.
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