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#1 David Lang

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 08:19 AM

Guy Kawasaki, former Apple evangelist, recently posted this on his blog:

This is a duhism if I’ve ever heard one: “I guess we should create a great product.” Duh! As opposed to a crappy one? The salient question, however, becomes, “What are the characteristics of a great product?” Here is the answer.

Think: DICEE

Deep. A great product is deep. It doesn’t run out of features and functionality after a few weeks of use. Its creators have anticipated what you’ll need once you come up to speed. As your demands get more sophisticated, you discover that you don’t need a different product.

Indulgent. A great product is a luxury. It makes you feel special when you buy it. It’s not the least common denominator, cheapest solution in sight. It’s not necessarily flashy in a Ferrari kind of way, but deep down inside you know you’ve rewarded yourself when you buy a great product.

Complete. A great product is more than a physical thing. Documentation counts. Customer service counts. Tech support counts. Consultants, OEMS, third-party developers, and VARS count. Blogs about it counts. A great product has a great total user experience—sometimes despite the company that produces it.

Elegant. A great product has an elegant user interface. Things work the way you’d think they would. A great product doesn’t fight you—it enhances you. (For all of Microsoft’s great success this is why it’s hard to name a Microsoft product that you’d call “great.”) I could make the point that if you want to see if a company’s products are elegant, you need only look at its chairman’s presentations.

Emotive. A great product incites you to action. It is so deep, indulgent, complete, and elegant that it compels you to tell other people about it. You’re not necessarily an employee or shareholder of the company that produces it. You’re bringing the good news to help others, not yourself.

Naturally, I have my own ideas about how well Accordance meets these criteria, but I'm curious to see what you, our users, think. Does Accordance meet each of Kawasaki's criteria for a great product, or are we falling short with respect to some of them?

On a side note, I loved Kawasaki's comment that "to see if a company’s products are elegant, you need only look at its chairman’s presentations." Have any of you seen Roy Brown demonstrate Accordance? :)
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#2 Robb Brunansky

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 09:59 AM

Accordance is a great product in my opinion. All of the DICEE attributes are true as far as I can tell. The comment about the presentation of the product by the chairman is especially interesting. I don't know who does the online demos for Accordance, but if you watch the Accordance demos and then go to Logos or BibleWorks and watch their demos, it is obvious there is a major quality/elegance difference in Accordance over other popular software. Honestly, watching the Logos and BibleWorks demos made me laugh out loud when I was comparing software versions. The time and quality of the Accordance demos carry over into every aspect of the program. Thanks for a great product.

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#3 Charles Stock

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 05:14 AM

Pretty DICEE indeed. Definitely deeper than I've been able to dig. Great support- the most personal I've experienced. After many years dealing with Logos, it is refreshing. Elegant indeed. I would love to see RB demonstrate Accordance live!

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Posted 06 January 2006 - 03:03 PM

Deep - Depends on how much you spend :-) But yes, it's very deep.

Indulgent - Double clicking on an accordance workspace and instantly having the original language, four translations and notes all ready to go is very indulgent. Love it!

Complete - Someone needs to do a better job at organizing and cataloging user tools and such, but the product and its support is very good. Big kittel would make it better :-)

Elegant - I sit next to a guy in seminary who always has Logos open. When things need to be looked up in a hurry, he turns to me and I look it up in Accordance. Need I say more?

Emotive - Anytime someone tells me they are waiting for Logos for mac, I give 'em a demo...


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