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- Publication Date: September 3, 2014
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Smartphones and beyond: Lessons from the remarkable rise and fall of Symbian Kindle Edition
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As a software leader I wrestle with many of the problems tackled in this book. Software development is still a young industry, and was even more so when the majority of the events covered took place. We're in a better place today, having more examples to draw from, and much better tools, but working with pure information is still difficult for people. The human mind struggles to deal with the immense complexity of large systems of intangible goods, and this causes organizational and process problems.
This book is of interest to anyone with an interest in the history of smartphones and software engineering in general, and of course Symbian in particular. Behind delivered product, roadmaps, SDKs and websites there are people. People lead to drama of both the good and the bad kind. Ultimately, it's a book about how smart people's best intentions sometimes don't lead to the right outcome.
I'm admittedly biased since I had the good fortune to work with David for a couple of years, but David is an excellent writer and a fine researcher. He ties together hundreds of emails, blogs, articles and interviews into a compelling story about "the remarkable rise and fall of Symbian".
He presents a balanced reflection on successes and failures, and identifies how we can learn from these - both in similar industries, and in society at large.
I expect the book will be especially appreciated by the many thousands of people in the software industry that experienced working with Symbian during the years it was active, however the book has valuable lessons for us all.
In Summary: An excellent and inspiring read from a respected leader.
- as a history of the early days of the smartphone industry
- as a tale of the rise and fall of one of the "Great British Hopes" in the technology industry
- as a cautionary tale on Joint Ventures and trying to get arch-competitors to work together in the spirit of "coopetition"
- as an insider look on corporate strategy formulation and execution