I just wanted to express how thankful I am for the great advise you have given in your book Getting Real, and also through your blog and other public events. Even though your book states ' ...web applications' I find a lot of the advise transcends to other development environments.
Reading Getting Real gave me the motivation to leave my full time job and start my own company. I have just released my first iPhone application: Years.
Before I began the project I sketched out all my ideas and played around with some prototypes before eventually starting the development. I concentrated on two main features that I tried to do really well. I think it really helped build a very functional application.
One of the aims of Years was to build an application that is extremely easy to use. Looking at Years you will find that I made some opinions about how it would be used - I could easily have just implemented a settings screen. I fully appreciate that some people may want options but until there is a crowd the application will remain as simple and elegant as it is now. I expect the application to be driven forward by it's users when enough people shout about a feature I will give it careful consideration for a future update.
I launched early so that I could get customer feedback quickly while I work on the remaining features that I have planned. I'm looking forward seeing how customers make use of the scribble feature, perhaps they will help improve it in ways I could never imagine.
I could really go on and on about the development process but I thought I'd just share a few thoughts with you...
Once again thank you for sharing your wisdom with the world. I'm really looking forward to the release of your new book.
Here's a look at the Years app: