Hi, what a lovely morning it is in the capital, national bike to work day too by the number of cyclists around.
I am experiencing a slight technology disorder today and can’t seem to adjust the font or the size of these links, hopefully it’s still ok to read and follow.

Product development wise I liked this wee summary of questions to ask yourself when testing your product idea and have incorporated some of these questions into our planning for Optimal-Labs product currently in development:
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225514?hootPostID=142b05d5a345198df23ab92b0f61c461
and this blog on product management is a succinct read:
http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130211030819-7298-what-is-product-managment

Loved this article on the balance of employees every business needs:
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225643?hootPostID=c1acadc844551c50e5525f2fae366b5b
Are you a manager or a leader? this comparison article on management is still not leadership from HBR will help you with that question.
http://blogs.hbr.org/kotter/2013/01/management-is-still-not-leadership.html
Good insight into a key area New Zealand employment law favours the employee, in my mind unfairly as a result of a complicated process: good comments on this too.
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/employers-take-hit-over-sackings-gb-135612#comments
This presentation is long but it’s messaging at the beginning about embodying company values is a good reminder when considering the culture of your company:
http://www.slideshare.net/reed2001/culture-2009

Geeky bits – Serious stuff first, worth reading what Forrester is predicting as emerging technology wise:
http://blogs.forrester.com/brian_hopkins/13-02-07-forresters_top_15_emerging_technologies_to_watch_now_to_2018
Imagine life with a solar powered iPhone – the freedom of not having to rush home or into the office for charge before you head out again will be awesome!
http://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2013/02/06/patent-approval-paves-way-for-apple-to-fire-up-solar-powered-iphone/?utm_campaign=techtwittersf&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social
oh and last week I posted a link to the wonders of crowdfunding an open source death star (still cracks me up) I see a rival consortia have launched a crowdfunding bid for a rebel alliance to take down said death star:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/simonkwan/crowdfunding-rebel-alliance-x-wing-squadron?ref=live

I am going to try this and report back – seems like common sense, relax and you will be more productive, not sure about installing a nap place in the office though:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/opinion/sunday/relax-youll-be-more-productive.html

Finally, since OptimalBI is all about making information visible we love infographics, one of our team has been producing fantastic means of visualising results which I will post links to over the coming weeks. Here are a few topical infographics I have come across and liked this week:
http://visualization.geblogs.com/wp-content/viz_includes/jobs/#/years/sector/2011
http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/225560
http://visual.ly/what-you-wish-youd-known-your-job-interview

No publicity is bad publicity right? one of my tweets made it to stuff yesterday, must remember to tweet more often:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/8293896/TelstraClear-internet-outage?cid=dlvr.it

Hope you enjoyed some of these articles. Happy Reading, Vic.